WEEK #2: KAITLYN LEHBERT
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kaitlyn Lehbert. I am 21 years old and am currently wrapping up my last semester at Brock University. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports management. My sports background is a unique one! I actually never seriously played any sports growing up. My main involvement in physical activity was and still is working out. I first got involved in sports operations during my time at M.M. Robinson High School. In Grade 9, I volunteered for the boys’ football team to film their games. I ended up LOVING helping the team and going with them for all home and away games. I continued to volunteer with the team during my four years in high school and slowly started taking on some extra responsibilities. In my last year of high school, I volunteered for the boys’ baseball team as a scorekeeper and again, would go with the team for all games. I initially had thought I wanted to pursue fashion after high school. I had an epiphany moment towards the end of Grade 12 where I realized that I was a lot more passionate about sports than I was about fashion. I applied to Brock University for its Sports Management program! I was so excited when I was accepted and took that as my sign that that’s what I was meant to pursue. I’ve grown a lot and have gained more confidence in my four years of university. I’ve discovered that even though I have a different sports background than others, I can still make a positive impact in the sports world. I have observed that there’s inequality in the sports industry for girls and women and have developed a very strong interest in that area. I am ending off my university career as one who is passionate, strong, confident and doesn’t hold back on sharing news about this topic online. This issue is more than worthy of being discussed and highlighted positively.
One very recent accomplishment that I will remember for a long time was helping to plan a Women in Sport and Leadership forum at Brock University. It was so meaningful to be part of the event planning process and I am so proud of the outcome. I look forward to being involved with so many more girls/women in sports events and initiatives!