The literally “game-changing” women’s hockey star, Angela James, was recently awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction award. The 32nd annual event took place on May 16th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, the YWCA honoured Angela’s continued efforts to mentor and open doors for a new generation of female athletes. Like most masters in their field, Angela didn’t see the accolades roll in until she took a step back from the spotlight in the early 2000s. Since then, Angela James’ ever-expanding trophy case has finally begun to mirror the impact her tremendous hockey career has had on the credibility of women’s competitive sports.
Girls and women deserve resources and opportunity to play sports. I fight for those resources because it’s only fair that we have the same chance as boys and men to enjoy and benefit from sport. –Angela James
This recognition precedes the upcoming biography of Angela James as part of the Women Who Rock Series, titled, Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey. Authors Corey Long and Tom Bartsiokas chronicle Angela’s ascent from local rinks and shabby skates to record-breaking performances while representing Team Canada. What instantly resonates is Angela’s advocacy of women’s rights in all social spheres. Angela James has truly touched the lives of countless women and girls, athletes and enthusiasts. Stay tuned for more previews and interviews with Angela and fellow greats in our women’s hockey roster!