WELCOME TO EDMONTON
WHERE LEGENDS OF ALL EPIC PROPORTIONS ARE BORN
In Edmonton, the main event isn’t just reserved for the men. Here, we shift the spotlight onto women’s sports. Our city takes pride in nurturing world-class women athletes, supporting them from grassroots to global prominence. Edmonton boasts an impressive roster of extraordinary women athletes who were not only raised in our city but have also risen to global ranks.
Edmonton's Roster of Women All-Stars
Jen Kish (Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rugby 7s), Katherine Plouffe (Tango Bourge Basket and Canada women's national basketball team), Michelle Plouffe (Lyon ASBEL Féminin and Canada women’s national basketball team), Kelsey Mitchell (2020 Olympic champion in track cycling), Loir-Ann Meunzer (2024 Olympic champion in track cycling)
OUR ROOTS IN WOMEN’S SPORTS RUN DEEP
HONORING THE LEGACY OF THE EDMONTON GRADS: PIONEERS OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The Edmonton Grads (1915–40)
Step back in time to witness the greatness of the Edmonton Grads, an iconic women's championship basketball team, led by the legendary coach Percy Page. Throughout their illustrious 25-year journey, the Grads achieved an astonishing 95% victory rate, solidifying their status as true champions!
Immortalized in Sports History
In recognition of their extraordinary achievements, the Edmonton Grads were deservedly inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2017, forever enshrined as pioneers of women's basketball.
Paving the Way for the Future (2013 – Present)
The legacy of the Edmonton Grads continues to inspire generations. In 2013, City Council's visionary decision designated Edmonton as the home of the Canadian Women's Basketball Team. This marked a defining moment, signifying the city's unwavering commitment to grow the game and establish Edmonton as a hub of excellence in basketball, both nationally and globally.
"Edmonton has an incredibly rich tradition of women's basketball, and for our national team [...] to [be inspired] by the friendly ghosts of the Edmonton Grads [...] is the crowning touch." - Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball President & CEO
Canada Women's National Basketball Team
Today, The University of Alberta's Saville Community Sports Centre serves as the training ground for the mighty Canada women's national basketball team. With pride, we celebrate Edmonton's very own Plouffe sisters - Katherine and Michelle – as they triumphed and clinched the silver medal in the 2022 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Antwerp, Belgium and a rewarding first place win on home soil during the Edmonton stop of the 2023 FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series.
The Unofficial Birthplace of Women’s Soccer
Our Proud Accomplishments
Edmonton boasts a significant title in Canadian soccer history - the unofficial birthplace of women's soccer. This distinction is well-earned, backed by our remarkable achievements and undeniable merit.
A VOLLEYBALL HAVEN FOR EMPOWERED ATHLETES
A CHAMPION FOR CANADA'S WOMEN'S
NATIONAL SITTING TEAM
Dedicated Training at EVPC
The Women's Sitting National Team finds their home at the state-of-the-art Edmonton Volleyball Pickleball Centre (EVPC). Covering an impressive 49,000 sq ft, the centre is Edmonton's first-of-its-kind facility, offering 11 volleyball courts and 17 pickleball courts. It's here that Team Canada hones their skills on a dedicated sitting volleyball court, fine-tuning their game to reach new heights of excellence.
A Force to Reckon With
Canada's Women's sitting team has left an indelible mark on the world stage, currently holding the prestigious 3rd rank globally. Their last Paralympic appearance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics showcased their unwavering determination and talent, leaving fans in awe of their achievements.
Chasing Olympic Glory
Currently, the team is hard at work in Edmonton, tirelessly training and journeying across the globe to secure their spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Edmonton stands steadfast in supporting these remarkable athletes as they chase their Olympic dreams.
EMBRACING THE GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT
Edmonton Hosts the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Beach Pro Tour Challenge
Canadian Women’s Teams in Action
Two Canadian women’s teams competed in the playoff round. Although both teams suffered defeats and were eliminated in the tournament, it served as a great training ground to warm up for the Elite 16 semi-finals in Montreal where Melissa Humana-Pardes and Brandle Wilkerson had their gold moment, finishing first and establishing themselves as one of the best women’s beach volleyball teams in the world!
The Future is Bright
As we look to the future, Edmonton is a breeding ground for a new generation of trailblazers. These rising stars are set to take the world stage, creating a legacy that will inspire generations of women to come. Watch as they dazzle and redefine what's possible in the realm of women's sports.
Join the Movement
In Edmonton, women's sports are not just a sideshow; they are the main event. We invite you to be a part of this extraordinary movement, cheering on our athletes, and celebrating their remarkable achievements. Together, we'll continue to break barriers, smash stereotypes, and witness history in the making. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the past, embrace the present, and look forward to a future where the sky's the limit for women in sports. Edmonton proudly stands at the forefront of this empowering journey, and we invite you to be a part of it by hosting your next women’s sporting event in a city that embraces and celebrates it.
Want to learn more?
Contact our team to learn more about how you can get involved in supporting Women’s Sports in Edmonton. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily explore options of how we can help bring the global stage to the game you’re looking to amplify!