Q&A: HEATHER LIND­SAY

What equal­ity looks like to Ravens’ star cen­tre

Ottawa Magazine - - CONTENTS - BY AN­DREW SA­VORY

De­scribe the feel­ing in the locker room af­ter the his­toric win was not cov­ered by the me­dia. Were you alone in your dis­con­tent? We have a bond that you can’t ex­plain, and we had so many fans out at the game and so many sup­port­ers that a lot of us were up­set by the lack of cov­er­age com­pared to the men’s team. We had that goal in mind, and we as­sumed that once we achieved it, we would get equal cov­er­age, and it was re­ally un­for­tu­nate that even the lo­cal me­dia didn’t cover it. Hon­estly, it was re­ally dis­parag­ing, but I think what both­ers peo­ple the most is just the in­equal­ity of it. Part of the mes­sage that I don’t want to get lost is that I wasn’t look­ing for more at­ten­tion for our team. I un­der­stand that if peo­ple don’t want to read it, then don’t pub­lish it, but we had so many fans and sup­port­ers that came to us af­ter and they were up­set about it. It is some­thing that peo­ple want to read and it is hard for teams when we should be equal and we’re not seen that way. What does equal­ity look like to you? There were years where we would win a game and the whole story would be about the men’s team los­ing — just stuff like that where it’s just not fair at all. There aren’t as many fol­low­ers of women’s sports, but that is chang­ing and women are sup­port­ing each other, which is re­ally im­por­tant, and that’s the next step in all of this. I don’t know ex­actly what I want to achieve, but I def­i­nitely think that the amount of rep­re­sen­ta­tion needs to change and that there need to be more fe­male in­flu­encers in the sports world. I think it’s so im­por­tant for lit­tle girls to see us work­ing as a unit. What type of prece­dent do you think you and your team set for the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers? A lot of it is just com­mit­ting to what­ever you want to do and ac­tu­ally fol­low­ing it. There need to be more lead­ers and more girls grow­ing up with con­fi­dence and be­ing able to go out and play sports against the boys. What’s next for your ca­reer? I just com­mit­ted to a pro team in Ger­many. Part of the rea­son I com­mit­ted to the team is they said that they’re very com­mu­nity ori­ented — they help out with young girls, and they make a com­mu­nity within the bas­ket­ball pro­gram. When I do end up mov­ing back to Ot­tawa, I would love to coach and be­come more of an in­flu­encer, as there weren’t a lot of fe­male role mod­els in my younger years. — An­dew Sa­vory

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