It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the She Can Lift: Gender Equity and Women's Leadership Conference!
To coincide with International Women's Day on 08 March, the She Can Lift: Gender Equity and Women's Leadership Conference is aimed at different stakeholders in the Para powerlifting community and feature presentations delivered by leading experts from around the world. We welcome you to join as we learn and discuss how sport, Para powerlifting in particular, can be used to positively contribute to gender equity and women's leadership.
The conference is completely free and offers a certificate of participation (if registration is completed and feedback is provided). The conference will be delivered in English with subtitles
available in English, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. All webinars will be delivered live as well as recorded for viewing on demand afterwards.
We look forward to your attendance and a successful conference on 13 March 2021!
Rita VAN DRIEL is a Dutch Executive Board Member of the International Paralympic Committee.
She began her career as a school teacher in Rotterdam and moved on to work at various sport organisations including the Dutch Ski Federation and NOC*NSF. Rita was involved as a Technical Delegate for various Para Nordic Skiing competitions,
including the 2002 and 2006 Winter Paralympic Games.
Rita is the current Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee’s Women in Sport Committee.
Dora SZATMARI is a physiotherapist and international classifier involved in multiple Paralympic sports since 2006.
She completed her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary.
Dora is a member of World Para Powerlifting’s Sport Technical Committee as the Head of Education and Development since 2019, supporting the growth of the sport and various projects from the grassroots to high performance levels.
Ms. Kimberly SANTABARBARA is doctoral of exercise and sport science candidate at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.
Her academic focus is researching women’s hormone cycle-based strength training periodization.
Dr. Emma PULLEN
Dr. Emma PULLEN is a lecturer in Sport Management in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in England.
She completed her doctoral degree from Loughborough in 2016 and has since been appointed as a researcher on an United Kingdom Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project at Bournemouth University.
Dr. PULLEN’s research is focused on disability sport, the role and impact of Paralympic media and broadcast, and gender at the intersection of disability.
Dr. Shannon KERWIN
Dr. Shannon KERWIN is an associate professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada.
She teaches and conducts research in the areas of organisational behaviour and human resource management in sport.
Dr. KERWIN was involved in the research and creation of “Same Game”, a resource for sport organizations that will help sport managers move towards club and organization relevant opportunities for girls and women in sport, on and off the
field of play.
Danielle ALEXANDER is doctoral student in sport psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Her research was among the first to include an all-female sample of highly successful Paralympic athletes. Danielle’s doctoral research focuses on the developing formal mentorship programmes for inexperienced coaches to develop and obtain
knowledge in their sport.
Danielle’s experience as an athlete and coach developed her passion for research in the field.
Hadis SHOKOUHI and Mozhgan NASIRIZAHED
Hadis SHOKOUHI and Mozhgan NASIRIZAHED are sport managers at the Paralympic Committee of Iran.
Hadis participated in one of the inaugural “She Can Lift” Technical Official Certification Courses for women.
Since attending the course, Hadis and Mozhgan have been integral in the development of Para powerlifting for women in Iran. In 2020, the country hosted a series of educational courses and the first-ever women’s competition, featuring 80
athletes, 25 female coaches and spotter loaders.
Nirmala BHANDARI is a Nepalese Para powerlifting athlete.
She competed at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Para Games, where she finished seventh in the Women’s u to 61 kilogram category with a lift of 41 kilograms. Nirmala also competed in World Para Powerlifting’s Online World Cup Series throughout 2020.
She attended a “She Can Lift” course in Kathmandu in August 2019 where she received certification as a coach.