BETTER MEDIA COVERAGE OF CANADIAN WOMEN\'S SOCCER! (version en francais en bas) Dear CBC TV and all Canadian media, Currently ranked 9th in the world, the Canadian women\'s national soccer team just made history in April 2008 by being the first Canadian women\'s soccer team to qualify for the Olympic Games! Unfortunately, many Canadians probably don\'t even know about this incredible accomplishment because your coverage of this Olympic qualifying event in Mexico was scarce at best in the media. Today, soccer is arguably the biggest and most accessible sport for women across the globe. For the Canadian women\'s national team to be qualified for the Olympic Games as one of only 12 countries is an incredible achievement that most Canadians could not even fathom just a few years ago. It is about time that Canadian media start to reflect the huge soccer interest, participation and passion among players, parents and people in the streets all across Canada. We who have signed this petition ask you to PLEASE give us better, more in-depth coverage of the Canadian women\'s national soccer team leading up to and during the Olympics in August 2008. Please start now by writing & airing personal back stories on the players and the team as they now prepare to make their Olympic debut in China in August... including more front page & top story coverage! These stories will not only help the public gain more connection to the team and players before the Olympics, but will build civic pride and much-needed momentum for the public to FOLLOW the games as well -- which you should be airing LIVE and writing about daily. Steve Nash is a national hero in Canada, and if he can believe so much in women\'s soccer to put his own money behind the new women\'s professional soccer league that debuts in 2009, then we ask our Canadian media to raise the bar. Please support the Canadian women\'s national soccer team by providing more in-depth and regular coverage of these dedicated athletes, who remind us how there are millions of athletes out there who still play their hearts out, not for the money, but for simply the LOVE of the game. Thank you for listening and GO BIG RED! Sincerely, Bobbi Jo Hart Canadian women\'s soccer fan, mother and documentary filmmaker Montreal, Canada ----------------------------------------- POUR UNE MEILLEURE COUVERTURE M
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Carrie Serwetnyk, Canada6 years ago Comments: Yes, the coverage in the media has been abysmal. We have attempted in our magazine to give more attention to the women's team in every issue (although it was a little less this issue because they were unavailable) www.freekickmag.com. I think specifically the west coast papers have led the way in limiting coverage, especially considering the team has trained out here for a year. The women's team should be one of the biggest stories of the Canadian Olympics. We also need the CSA to step up and demand more exposure. Good luck to the team.
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