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MSCD launches ‘Pink Run’, in bid to encourage female participation in sport

What do you choose to challenge in recognition of International Women’s Day 2021?

The Ministry of Sport and Community Development (MSCD) is asking applicants to give their answer in 25 words of less to compete in its #GirlsRunTT Challenge, which kicks off the ministry’s Pink Run Campaign.

Photo: An international poster for the Pink Run Campaign.

The Pink Run Campaign, according to a release from the MSCD, ‘seeks to encourage more women and girls to be physically active and increase their involvement and participation in sport’.

The ministry, which is headed by Tobago West MP Shamfa Cudjoe, aims to enrol 120 women for the campaign, which comprises of ‘a number of virtual road races covering 70 miles between  the months of March and August 2021’. The MSCD is working with BafaSports Limited on the venture.

“The virtual race is intended to challenge women of various fitness levels to participate in 5k, 10k, half marathon and other races to improve their physical health,” stated the MSCD release, “and inspire other women to keep moving as we grapple to overcome the current pandemic.  

“The Ministry of Sport and Community Development is also promoting this initiative to pay tribute to the late Lynette ‘Granny’ Luces, one of T&T’s most beloved road runners.”

The Pink Run Campaign should also include ‘a series of monthly panel discussions ranging from the need for a cultural shift as it relates to women in sports, to sport entrepreneurship, diet and exercise’ along with ‘virtual training clinics and workshops’.

Photo: Iconic Trinidad and Tobago long distance runner Lynette ‘Granny’ Luces.
(via Trinidad Newsday)

Interested participants can visit mscd.gov.tt or the MSCD social media pages to register from 9 – 16 March 2021. The ministry will announce selected participants by 30  March 2021 via its social media pages.

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