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Newsletter for Youth by Youth


Fast and Female's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is excited to bring you YAC ATTACK, a monthly newsletter featuring a YAC member as the writer and teller of their story! Follow along each month to learn more about the youth that help to shape the programs at Fast and Female. 
Meet Katie Bentley:

Hey! My name is Katie Bentley (she/her), and I live in Victoria, BC, on the unceded land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt Nations and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. I am in my first year at the University of Victoria studying engineering and playing for the Vikes Women’s Field Hockey Team! It has been the biggest privilege to represent my university and play with such talented, hard-working teammates. Currently, I spend most of my time studying and training, but when I have free time, I love spending time outdoors, hanging out with my dog (Lir), and goofing off with friends and family. 

A friend of mine, and fellow Youth Advisory Council (YAC) member, Ines, introduced me to Fast & Female in 2021. I began working on YAC with Fast & Female that year, and I love the opportunity to be a part of such an empowering community of active women. My favourite part of working with Fast & Female is meeting all the incredible people involved and watching young girls connect, move, and gain confidence!

What are your favourite ways to stay active?

I absolutely love moving in all ways! My favourite is playing field hockey of course! But I played a ton of other sports growing up, such as soccer, rugby, and cross country, and I loved them all. Nowadays, when field hockey training isn’t too much, I love to run by the ocean, bike to school, and ski when I’m off school!

One of the reasons I love to stay active is because I am someone whose mind is always moving, but when I move my body, my mind rests. So for me, movement is peace. Movement is also a way for me to test my limits, and break the barriers of what I think I am capable of. 

Remember that there are no rules for what it means to be active! If a 5-minute dance party or 10-minute walk for fresh air is what feels right, then don’t hesitate to do that! 

Who is your Role Model and why? 

My role model is my mum. She is the kindest human I know and is always patient, positive, and giving. She reminds me that everyone is fighting battles we do not know about, and so to always be kind. She always finds the bright sides in life, and I learn so much from her every day. 

What's Cookin'? 

I love meal prepping my lunches every week (on Sunday) to simplify fueling myself for full days of classes and training. 

This sheet pan chow mein is an absolute go-to for me, but I always add tofu :) 
It’s super fun to mix up the veggies in this one, so feel free to be creative!


YAC's Featured writer wants to share some of her current favorites with our community! Check them out below and feel free to share yours with us.
Supported through funding from the Doc Seaman Amateur Sports Grant, Fast and Female’s first ever Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was established in the Fall of 2021. This permanent advisory committee works alongside the core team to guide initiatives. Learn more about YAC by clicking here


Fast and Female is on a mission to empower self-identified girls through sports and physical activity because it sets them up to succeed and lead in life beyond sports. We do this through running collaborative events and programs, virtually and in-person, across the country with like-minded partners and individuals and connecting our participants to amazing REAL (Relatable, Empowering, Active Leaders) Role Models across the country. Consider donating* to Fast and Female, today! 

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