Dayna Spiring, the chair of the Winnipeg Football Club, is set to be the first woman to see her name engraved on the Grey Cup.
This is just one more reason to celebrate for Winnipeg and their fans following their drought ending Grey Cup win.
Spiring joined the board ready for 2015. In 2016 she became the WFC’s first female representative to sit on the CFL’s Board of Governors. this was in the position of vice-chair.
This meant she was also the second woman to join the Canadian Football League’s board of governors. The first was Jo-Anne Polak of the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1989 to 1991.
Spiring has been quoted as saying she hopes this encourages other women to follow their passions; “I hope that I’m an example of how … if you want to participate in something that you’re passionate about, you should go do that.”
Winnipeg fans will be hoping their first championship in a while leads to more. This after all is their first Grey Cup of the 21st Century.
Never mind the 21st Century though, this is the first time in the Cups’ auspicious 107 years a woman will see her name on the grand old trophy.
It would be great to see this other first lead to the kind of inspiration Spiring suggests.
Banner image: Spiring celebrating international women’s day. Image from bluebombers.com