I have been named to Team Canada for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar to run the marathon. This is not the first chance I should have been at the championships – in 2015 I was offered an invite in the 1500m, but Athletics Canada declined my chance to participate. In 2017 I was offered another invite in the 5000m, again Athletics Canada declined my spot. Neither time was I consulted had I wanted to compete. Both times it broke my heart and my spirit.
Have you ever paid attention at your local 5k to see how many males to females there were? Chances are, it was a pretty even count and it didn’t even cross your mind. If the ratio was 81% male to 19% female, you definitely would have noticed. This is the average percentage for most of the mountain bike races I have participated in around Utah. 19% female. And even that is considered a good turnout.