Manitoba Women’s Tackle Football Team Set To Tackle International Stage
Winnipeg – The Manitoba Fearless Women’s tackle football team will participate in the first ever Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) challenge game on Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Duluth, Minnesota. Manitoba will play the Minnesota Vixen - a team widely considered to be the founding team of modern women's tackle football in the United States.
The IWFL Challenge Game Series is part of a new initiative to support the participation of girls and women in tackle football worldwide. The series is designed to offer exciting opportunities for teams to showcase their skills and sportsmanship while promoting the sport of women's tackle football on an international stage.
“We are extremely excited to be a part of this event” said Fearless Head Coach Craig Bachynski. “The girls have been practicing hard and are ready to play some smash mouth football. There are few opportunities in life to represent your country, so this is a special time for both our players and coaching staff,” he said.
“I have dreamt of playing tackle football my entire life, as a woman I never thought I would have the chance, last year we got the team going and this year we are representing our country” said team founder, General Manager and player, Tannis Wilson. “It is beyond my wildest dreams. We just wanted to play a game of football and the Vixen have created a first class international event. We will do our best to represent our country our province, our very proud families, and the football community as a whole.” she said.
The Manitoba Fearless Women's Football team represents the Manitoba Women's Provincial Tackle Football Program. Last June in its inaugural season, Team Fearless traveled to Edmonton to participate in the first-ever Western Canadian Women’s Tackle Football Championships where they defeated both the Calgary and Edmonton teams before suffering a loss to an Alberta all star team.
The Fearless are the only women's team in Manitoba, and for the past two years have led the way for women's football in Western Canada. The team is made up of about 30 women and eight coaching staff.