Break­ing glass

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­

Stephanie Wind­sor tak­ing to the bench as first fe­male trainer for Gander Fly­ers.

When the Gander Fly­ers take to the ice this week­end, the team will do so with its first fe­male trainer, Stephanie Wind­sor, on the bench.

Gen­eral man­ager Garry White ap­proached Wind­sor ear­lier this year about tak­ing on the role.

Hav­ing spent 12 years in­volved with the Gander Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion and cur­rently its pres­i­dent, Wind­sor is a cer­ti­fied trainer. She has also been a nurse for the past 22 years, work­ing as both an emer­gency room and a coastal nurse.

“I was so hon­oured that the Gander Fly­ers thought I could bring some­thing to the team,” she said. “I’m re­ally ex­cited for our home opener … and it’s ex­cit­ing to have so much lo­cal avail­abil­ity on the bench this year.”

Wind­sor said she is look­ing to bring a dif­fer­ent as­pect to her role as trainer.

“I’ll be bring­ing a nur­tur­ing role, clin­i­cal skills role and energy, while high­light­ing the fact that there is room for fe­males in that venue,” she said. “It’s trail­blaz­ing for women, and that’s some­thing I’m very proud to be a part of.”

Shat­ter­ing glass

With Wind­sor tak­ing up the po­si­tion as trainer, Jan­ice Fitzger­ald be­ing ap­pointed the Gander Fly­ers Club pres­i­dent and Re­becca Rus­sell be­ing the head coach of the Clarenville Cari­bous, she said, it puts a few cracks in the glass ceil­ing when it comes to hockey.

“We are re­ally try­ing to grow fe­male hockey in Gander, so hav­ing that vis­i­bil­ity, at that level, truly moves it for­ward in leaps and bounds,” Wind­sor said. “It’s shows there is more to hockey than testos­terone.”


Stephanie Wind­sor will be the first fe­male trainer for the Gander Fly­ers.

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