PRESS RELEASE: Little Bellas
Little Bellas announced today a new partnership with sixteen female ambassadors to help grow the mission of empowering girls through sport. Through communication and participation in the Little Bellas’ programs, these inspirational ambassadors will be instrumental in achieving programming in 25 states and 60 programs by 2022.Little Bellas Ambassador Program Launch
Co-founded by 2-time Olympian, Lea Davison, Little Bellas, since its inception has had a professional athlete presence. Davison has been instrumental in developing this ambassador program. Formalizing the relationship with these athletes will increase consumer education, grow the non-profit’s event and social presence, and add value to the programs. The 2018 Ambassadors Include:
– Kate Courtney started racing mountain bikes in the NorCal NICA league and has since been donned eleven national champion titles. In her first year racing elite, she won the 2018 World Championships. Her win breaks a seventeen year drought for U.S Cross Country mountain biking. Alison Dunlap last won the World Champion jersey in 2001.
- Lea Davison is a two-time Olympian and a Co-Founder of the Little Bellas. She is also a two-time World Championship medalist.
- Katerina Nash is a 5-time Olympian competing in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. She currently competes for the Clif Pro Team and has 5 UCI Cyclocross wins.
– Catharine Pendrel is a three-time Olympian and 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist mountain biker. In addition to racing for the Clif Pro Team, she also co-founded with her husband the development cross-country mountain bike team, Pendrel Racing.
- Chloe Woodruff is a 2016 Rio Olympian and owner/founder of Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis. She is one of the only American females to earn a World Championship starting spot as a Junior, U23, and Elite competitor.
– Erin Huck is the 2017 Pan-American Champion, the 2017 Short Track National Champion, and has a host of other titles under her belt, but what sets her apart is her ability to juggle a full-time Engineering Project Manager position with a pro racing career.
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– U23 athlete, Haley Batten, has earned four US Junior National Championship titles as well as the 2017 U23 National Championship title. She has been racing mountain bikes since the age of ten.
- Maghalie Rochette is a Canadian National Cyclocross Champion and a former U23 Pan-Am Cyclocross Champion. In addition to racing for the Clif Pro Team, she also founded the CX Fever Grant which gives a young female the opportunity to experience pro cx racing for a weekend.
- Kelsey Phinney is a 2x U23 World Championship U.S. Ski Team member. She is the daughter of former professional and Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney.Sophie Caldwell
– Sophie Caldwell is an Olympic cross-country skier. With two World Cup victories, she is only the second US woman with a victory in the World Cup and the first US woman to win a classic World Cup event.Flora Duffy
– Flora Duffy is the 2016 and 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion, the 2015 and 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, and a four-time winner of the XTERRA World Championships. She is also a three-time Olympian.Hannah Finchamp
– Hannah Finchamp is a two-time amateur Xterra world champion and a four-time collegiate mountain bike national champion. She currently races for the Clif Pro Team and is a recent college graduate with a degree in both Athletic Training and Exercise.Arley Kemmerer
- Arley Kemmerer was a member of the 2014 U.S. World Championship team. She established her own racing program which is currently known as Fearless Femme Racing.Julia Kern
– Julie Kern is a member of the US Cross Country Ski Team, and she earned a bronze medal at the 2017 FIS Junior World Championships. She currently attends Dartmouth College.Zoe Mcdougall
– Zoe is an up and coming professional surfer competing on the World Surf League qualifying tour aiming for a coveted spot among the top 20 best surfers in the world to compete on the World Surfing Tour. She has made some impressive steps in the direction with some wins in South Africa. She is also passionate about ocean conservation and is a Surfrider Ambassador.Katharine Ogden
– Katharine Ogden holds two National titles in Nordic events. She swept the NCAA Nordic races, finishing the 5 km classical 46.9 seconds ahead of the nearest racer, and winning the 15 km freestyle with 37.6 seconds to spare. She is the first Dartmouth skier in more than 50 years to win two national titles in a single year.Sarah True
– Sarah True finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics in Triathlon. She became the first U.S. athlete to earn a spot on the podium at a ITU race. Recently, she made the switch to non-drafting long course triathlon and some of her first results include a 4th Place finish at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.The Little Bellas Ambassador Program Moving Forward
Applications for 2019 Little Bellas Ambassadors will be accepted starting November 1, 2018. As this program develops, Little Bellas plans to expand ambassadorship beyond professional athletes to women in other avenues who have proven leadership in empowering women.
About Little Bellas
Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. We aim to create a community that will empower girls through the sport, emphasize the importance of goal-setting, promote healthy life styles and recognize the positive effects of strong female bonds. While this program is centered around creating camaraderie for girls on bikes, it is most importantly about having fun in a constructive environment. With chapters currently in 15 states, Little Bellas empowers over a thousand females yearly.
For additional information and a list of locations, visit http://www.littlebellas.com