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Paris, February 12 – The newest ISF’s project She Runs Active Girls' Lead has been officially launched on Tuesday, February 12, with the press conference taking place in Paris at the Representation of the European Commission in France from 11:30 to 13:00, the city which will also host the first edition of this year’s most anticipated all-girls school sport event.
The conference was opened by Ms Isabelle Jégouzo, the head of the European Commission representation in France, who highlighted the importance of Erasmus+ Sport programme supporting the impactful initiatives such as She Runs - Active Girls' Lead.
ISF president Mr Laurent Petrynka thanked the European Commission and its Erasmus+ Sport programme for creating an opportunity to gather 500 girl students from all over the world and inspire them to become the “leaders of tomorrow”.
Mr Petrynka also stressed that the chosen location of the event is a powerful and a positive message sent by the city which will host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games - particularly to the girls looking to empower themselves and their communities using sport as a tool.
The national director of the French School Sport Federation (UNSS) Ms Nathalie Costantini mentioned that for French youth, sport in schools is an educational tool to tackle the cultural and gender equality challenges girls are facing every day.
March 13 will be the highlight of the event as ISF will join forces with the UNSS; 500 girls from 35 countries participating at She Runs - Active Girls’ Lead will be joined by 1500 local girls taking part at La Lyceenne MAIF Run. The run will be a celebration of girls’ empowerment and a perfect opportunity to embrace cultural diversity and build new friendships using sport as a platform.
Ms Floriane Poncet, ISF project manager explained She Runs - Active Girls' Lead is a 4-dimensional event, consisting of:
One of the most notable moments of the conference was the official signature of the Environmental Action between ISF president Mr Laurent Petrynka and the sponsor of the She Runs Active Girls' Lead VinylPlus and its General Manager Ms Brigitte Dero. Sustainability and gender equality lie at the heart of ISF and VinylPlus, and their effort to empower girls in and through sport.
Ms Laurence Fischer, multiple karate world champion and the founder of NGO Fight for Dignity and Ms Estelle Mossely, Olympic Champion in boxing, joined the conference as the ambassadors, breaking the down the misconceptions of sport and advocating the great representation of women in and beyond sport.
The conference was moderated by Ms Sandy Heribert, who will also lead the Talk on March 14 with Ms Laurence Fischer, Ms Brigitta Kervinen, the 2017 winner of the IOC Women and Sport World awards and Ms Valentina Marchei, Olympian in ice skating.
Other ambassadors include Sebastian Coe, two-time Olympic champion in athletics and the president of IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), Nadine Kessler, UEFA's head of women's football, Kirsty Coventry, IOC member and Minister of Sports of Zimbabwe, Camille Lacourt, five-time World Champion in swimming, Marta Pagnini, Olympic medalist in rhythmic gymnastics, Natasha Hashtings, US Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist in athletics (relay) and Lisa Zimouche, Street Football Champion.
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