Empowering Athletes for a Life Without Limits

International Women’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean the opportunity to celebrate women has passed. Let’s use this as momentum to incorporate more equal representation in business, media and sport.

We are incredibly fortunate to have some phenomenal women on the Streamline Athletes team and so much of what we have done and continue to do is possible because of them. So, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce some of them and highlight some of their achievements at work and in sport in this Q&A feature!


Natalia Hawthorn

Sport: Track and field
Events & PRs: 1500m (4:13.65) and 5000m (15:49.15)
Athletic sponsor: Brooks
Job title: Partnership Coordinator

In your own words, how would you describe your work at Streamline Athletes?

My work at Streamline Athletes is exciting and empowering. I'm always working on new initiatives with our team and reaching out to connect with like-minded individuals and companies to help elevate everybody in our sport!

Tell us about a highlight from your athletic or professional career!

Winning gold in 2018, my senior year, in the 4x 800m with my UBC teammates at the NAIA Track Championships.

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing collegiate sport or a post-collegiate career?

Having overcome many injuries throughout my high school and collegiate career, I would encourage everybody to live in the moment, be patient, trust in the process and keep it fun!

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing a career in a male-dominated sport or industry

Play to your strengths and push yourself to speak up to place yourself in a position for you to achieve your goals - let's keep breaking barriers!

Who is a woman in track and field or another sport that inspires you or that you want to celebrate?

Kikkan Randall - US XC Ski Olympian & leader of USA division Fast & Female.

What is a gender bias or inequality in in track and field or another sport that you want to challenge?

Maternity protection for professional athletes in all sports!

Katherine Lucas

Sport: Track and field
Events & PRs: 100m (11.78), 200m (24.06)
Job title: Marketing Coordinator

In your own words, how would you describe your work at Streamline Athletes?

I feel like I am making a difference and that is important to me.

When I was in high school going to university to run just never entered my mind, I didn't think I was good enough. So when I started getting recruitment letters I had no idea what was happening, I didn't know about the different collegiate associations, about scholarships, the list goes on.

Now working for a company that helps shed light on the recruitment process means something to me. Everyone can have the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level if that is what they want do. Working at Streamline Athletes allows me to give a voice to those who may not know what direction to take.

Tell us about a highlight from your athletic or professional career!

Two stand out to me.

Making a national team has always been a dream of mine but the reality of achieving that dream just seemed so far out of reach. But in 2017 I came so close. I had just finished my freshman year of university, I was running well, I ran a personal best in the 200m (24.41) and that is when it came to my attention that I could have a chance of making the U20 Canadian Team for Pan Am Junior Championships. The standard was 24.20 and on top of that, I had to be within the top 2 U20 runners in Canada to qualify.

Coming off an NCAA season and competing every week, my body was tired, but I was determined. Race day rolled around, I felt good. I ran 24.06. I was over the moon, I just ran a Canadian Team standard, I honestly couldn't believe it. It was that race that made me think wow, I can do this, I can be up there with the best. Unfortunately, that time put me third in Canada, by 0.01 seconds. So now all I had to do was run faster than 24.05 and I would make the team. I fell short and ran 24.06 on the dot two more times trying to get that top 2 position. So while I didn't make the team, I still won. I gained an immense out of confidence to know that I can do this. I still remember that race to this day.

My next highlight emphasises that from lows in the sport, there can be highs. Injury is just a part of being an athlete. It is not fun, but the lessons I have learned along my various roads to recovery have been invaluable. In 2018 I hurt my back... badly. I couldn't concentrate, I couldn't sit, I couldn't sleep, my whole day-to-day life was just turned upside down. But I had a goal and that was to get back on the track. It took me over a year to do that, but I did it and in 2019 I became an All-American in the 100m at NAIA National Championships and was part of the team that won the NAIA National Championship. This just made everything worth it. What I didn't know is that only a few months later the back injury would come back and I would be out again for another year, but every lesson learned has made me that much stronger.

The moral of the story is that obstacles are inevitable but the perspective you have on these obstacles changes everything. Nelson Mandela once said, "I never lose. I either win or I learn.”

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing collegiate sport or a post-collegiate career?

Do what makes you happy and if that is competing, if that is training, if that is seeing how far your potential can take you, then take that next step. You have no limits. The journey you are about to embark on as a collegiate student-athlete is irreplaceable.

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing a career in a male-dominated sport or industry?

Know that you belong. Know that you are worthy.

Who is a woman in track and field or another sport that inspires you or that you want to celebrate?

Dina Asher-Smith, I think she is just amazing!

Lauren Yee

Sport: Taekwondo
Job title: Junior Accountant

In your own words, how would you describe your work at Streamline Athletes?

I'm involved with things related to money whether it be categorizing expenses, organizing the chart of accounts, or helping complete steps for staff funding.

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing a career in a male-dominated sport or industry?

At a "Women in Finance" event a speaker said that "men will apply to jobs when they feel they are 50% qualified and women will only apply if they feel they are 80-100% qualified". Whenever I am unsure of myself I think of this quote, then push forward.

Sophie Dodd

Sport: Track and field
Events & PRs: 400m (55.50), 800m (2:07), 1500m (4:29.63)
Job title: Head of Operations & Product

In your own words, how would you describe your work at Streamline Athletes?

I do a bit of everything! I manage the product roadmap, hire people who will positively contribute to our team's culture and support strategic decision making.

Tell us about a highlight from your athletic or professional career!

A highlight of my athletic career was being awarded SFU's Senior All-Around Athlete of the Year award in 2019. Although this wasn't strictly athletic-based, I take pride in the fact that I was able to excel in a varsity sport, a full-time course load and a 30 hour a week volunteer gig.

A highlight of my professional career was hiring and onboarding 9 people (spanning 5 different departments) all with the same start date (October 1 - during the pandemic)! I take pride in finding the perfect candidate for a role, taking into consideration diversity, experience and the candidate’s passion for our mission. So being able to find 9 amazing people that have all positively contributed to the growth of Streamline Athletes was a huge personal win for me!

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing collegiate sport or a post-collegiate career?

First of all: You can do it and I support your goals! Pursuing sport and a career outside of sport will be difficult at times, and people may tell you that you need to choose, but if you are passionate about both, you don't have to make sacrifices!

My advice would be to make intentional decisions that will support both choices. (ex. work for an accommodating employer, live near work/practice to reduce travel time (if possible) and find like-minded training partners.

What is a gender bias or inequality in track and field or another sport that you want to challenge?

I know that there are other major gender equality battles in the sport of track and field that are larger than this (ex. equal pay, transgender people in sport, sexual harassment), but the gender bias that I want to challenge in t&f is simply: why do women compete in the heptathlon and men in the decathlon?

Rachael Thompson

Sport: Swimming and cycling
Job title: Marketing Manager

In your own words, how would you describe your work at Streamline Athletes?

I manage our marketing team. It's my job to lead our team in promoting our platform, essentially making sure athletes and coaches can find us, know what we do and how we make recruitment happen!

I also get to work a lot with sales, product and customer success, I love collaborating with other departments and pushing our team and our service to be the best it can possibly be.

Tell us about a highlight from your athletic or professional career!

In 2019 I got my first road bike. Could I ride a bike? Yes. Had I ever put on bib shorts, a jersey and clipped into pedals? No. But I saw a lot of parallels between swimming and cycling.

I grew up swimming and I always enjoyed the mix of the team aspect out of the pool and the ‘you vs. you’ nature of the sport when you’re in the pool. Most of the noises and sight-lines around you are cut out and you truly are left with your own thoughts in practice and during a race.

Soon after I got my bike I took a big swing and signed up for the Whistler Gran Fondo, I had about four months to train for the 122km ride from Vancouver to Whistler that includes climbing 1900m of elevation. During that time I trained like I never had before, this included multiple weekly high-intensity workouts on an indoor trainer, gruelling long rides outside and cross-training sessions. I was comfortable with this level of training in the pool, but this put me in completely unknown territory.

In the end, I finished 91/237 in my age division and 370/836 amongst women. I wasn’t the fastest athlete in the field but what makes me the most proud is that I proved to myself that I could do anything I put my mind to.

This experience also showed me the power of women when we work together because I didn’t do this alone, I trained alongside another strong and powerful woman who believed in me before I believed in myself. Lastly, while I won’t credit any of my achievements to the contribution of a man, my manager at the time was someone who also believed in me, he trained with me and he supported me along the way. The whole experience gave me a lot more self-belief, which in turn had a positive effect on my performance at work. It really goes to show that everyone benefits from uplifting and supporting women.  

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of pursuing a career in a male-dominated sport or industry?

You will likely find yourself in a situation in your life where you are overlooked, cut off in conversation, underestimated, underpaid or mansplained.

You may also find yourself feeling like you don’t want to challenge the issue and just put your head down, stay quiet and get the job done.

Don’t do that. Make your voice heard, openly discuss issues with colleagues, friends and leaders, drive change and demand more.

What is a gender bias or inequality track and field or another sport that you want to challenge?

I want to see more coverage of women’s sport in general. I recently heard the quote “if you can see it, you can be it”, and whole-heartedly believe that more female representation in sport from pro-teams, to sponsorships to media commentary and coverage will only have a positive impact on females in sport as a whole. If more girls and young women see themselves represented, the more they will believe they can be there too.


We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of our team a little better, we love sharing some of their incredible achievements from behind the scenes and outside of work!

Want to get involved? Here’s where you can find us:

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