Breakthrough Winner 2009

Ann Hall to receive the 2009 CAAWS Marion Lay “Herstorical” Breakthrough Award

June 29, 2009 – Ottawa, ON. . . Respected author and academic, M. Ann Hall, Ph.D of Edmonton, Alberta is the recipient of the 2009 CAAWS Marion Lay “Herstorical” Breakthrough Award. The award is presented by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) to an individual, group or organization whose distinct contribution has had a long-term and significant influence and has broken down barriers to equal participation for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

“Ann Hall has been a true pioneer, and is internationally renowned for her ground breaking work on women in sport. She played a key role in the sport sociology area at the University of Alberta in the 80s and early 90s, at a time when sport sociology was declared as a university steeple of excellence.” said University of Alberta colleague and CAAWS Board Chair-Elect Dru Marshall. “She came back on contract to help mentor some of our younger sociology professors, and was absolutely superb in that role, reminding us all of the tremendous contributions she continues to make in her chosen field.”

The author of many professional papers and books, Dr. Hall has recently published Immodest and Sensational 150 years of Canadian women in sport. It outlines the social and historical obstacles that have made the playing field uneven for women, from arguments about unladylike dress and deportment and the dangers of exercise for Canada’s future mothers, to barriers to sports facilities and overt harassment. Her book tells the story of pioneering women athletes, and of the early sports media, some of Canada’s first women sportswriters, who championed them every step of the way.

Dr. Hall retired from the University of Alberta in 1997, becoming Professor Emeritus. She has given her time and talents to many organizations, sitting on boards here in Canada and Internationally. She is a member of the Board of Consultants with the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women, and co-chaired its program committee for the 2005 congress held in Edmonton.

The award is being presented tonight in Edmonton at a reception with the members of the CAAWS Board.