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Guylaine Demers of Canada wins 2020 IOC Women and Sport Award for the Americas

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Dr Guylaine Demers once played college basketball. But it’s in the field of academia she’s really left her mark, helping educate a generation of students in the importance of gender equality. 

“For me, winning a Women’s Trophy from the International Olympic Committee for the Americas was really really big,” said Dr Demers. “When you have two seconds you realize that you are one of only five women in the world to receive this trophy.”

Dr. Demers has devoted her professional life to exploring the opportunities presented by sport. At Laval University she’s taught over 1000 students in her course on gender equality, while internationally she’s contributed to more than 300 leadership development sessions for women in Europe, the United States, Africa, the Middle East and Japan.

Her work and achievements have also been widely recognised, including being named one of the most influential women in Canadian sport by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport in 2007, 2010, and 2015.

Guylaine admits winning the 2020 IOC Women and Sport Award for the Americas was a big surprise, “When the President of the Canadian Olympic Committee called me and said ‘It’s you’ I replied ‘Are you serious?’ Even today, people are still talking about it. I’m shaken by it, the importance of this prize.”

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