National Girls and Women in Sports Day Profile: Mariah Douville

Editor's Note: With National Girls and Women in Sports Day being celebrated on Feb. 5, the Lynx organization will be highlighting female athletes throughout the week. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, Education is the most effective way of remedying discrimination. Thus, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is not just a day to celebrate the achievements of women in sports to the exclusion of the achievement of male athletes. It is a day where males and females focus on (1) the importance of remedying past discrimination against women in sports, (2) the benefits of sports participation for girls, and (3) addressing the myths that have kept both boys and girls from supporting girls' sports participation; myths like "throws like a girl", girls who play sports are lesbians, girls who do gymnastics get eating disorders, etc. Today, we continue with Mariah Douville.

Name: Mariah Douville

School: Lakeville South

What do you love most about sports?

My dad is a coach and all of my friends played when I started as a 3rd grader.

Who are female athletes you look up to? Why?

When I was younger it was Rachel Banham because she is from Lakeville, but now I would have to say Maya Moore and Monica Wright because they are woman of great faith and I respect that.

Why do you think sports are important for you and other young female athletes?

Confidence and learning to be a leader.

How do sports help you stay active and fit?

Very important because it teaches valuable life lessons that you may not get if you were not playing a sport.

What lessons do you learn from sports that you use in everyday life?

Like I said earlier it has increased my confidence level and taught me how to battle through adversity!

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