Olympians Sami Hill, Barbara Nwaba inspire at Women & Girls in Sports Luncheon

By Rochelle Rose This week’s Women & Girls in Sports Luncheon, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, honored two local 2016 Olympians. The Celebration of Local Olympians honoring Sami Hill (Team USA for water polo) and Barbara Nwaba (Team USA for track and field) was part of SBART’s observance of the 45th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. The groundbreaking federal law states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, … [Read more...]

Local attorneys talk about benefits of being an athlete

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table hosted 100 community supporters and more than 400 female high school and college athletes at a Monday celebration of National Women & Girls in Sports Day. Thanks to the generous donations of sponsors like Village Properties, Pacific Western Bank, Noozhawk, the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, the Page Foundation, and many others, the girls were treated to a free lunch at the Earl Warren Showgrounds event. The lines for the tasty Mexican food … [Read more...]

Bausch found inner strength to turn life around

In her long, painful journey back from a serious eating disorder that nearly killed her, London Olympics cycling silver medalist Dotsie Bausch learned about being true to herself. That meant having the courage to be imperfect and vulnerable. Bausch shared her story of learning to accept vulnerability and become more connected with herself and others during Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Women and Girls in Sports Luncheon at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The event drew more than … [Read more...]

Sandeno speaks on swimming life & the sweetness of silver

Kaitlin Sandeno missed gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic games in the 400 Individual Medley by 0.12 seconds. While she won gold later in those Olympic Games, the silver has always been her favorite. Her reasons were part of the keynote speech given at Monday's Women & Girls in Sports Luncheon at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table and Community West Bank, over 400 female student-athletes listened to Sandeno's story of struggle and … [Read more...]

Sinn-Bonanni’s message to athletes: You have a duty to do your best

Pearl Sinn-Bonanni was a youth phenom and college star in golf in the 1980s. She attended Arizona State, which had a women’s golf team before the 1971 passage of Title IX — the education equality legislation — and was a powerhouse program in the sport. Speaking at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s annual Women in Sports Luncheon at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, Sinn-Bonanni, now the women’s golf coach at Cal State Fullerton, said the women’s golfers at ASU were treated like celebrities … [Read more...]

Play, believe, achieve shaped life of big-wave surfer Gerhardt

Like the good teacher that she is, Sarah Gerhardt described riding the giant waves at the renown surf break Mavericks in a way everyone could understand. Gerhardt, the first woman to surf Mavericks, was the keynote speaker Monday at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s Women in Sports Luncheon at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. She explained that surfing a huge wave is like going on one of those scary, stomach-churning roller-coasters at Magic Mountain. “It’s like going on that ride … [Read more...]

Gannon takes local female athletes to Twilight zone

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM If wealth was measured by the positive impact someone has had on young people, Christa Gannon would be on the Forbes 400 list. It's fitting, then, that she used one of the most popular brands in youth pop culture today, the "Twilight" series, to impart lessons to over 500 young female athletes at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Women in Sports Luncheon. The former UCSB women's basketball All-American and founder of the non-profit Fresh … [Read more...]

Women in Sports Luncheon

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table proudly presented Christa Gannon, former UCSB basketball player and Academic All-American, as the keynote speaker at the 2010 Women In Sports Luncheon. … [Read more...]

Women in Sports Luncheon: Natalie Golda

By BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Earl Warren Showgrounds was oozing girl power on Monday. Just a few days after Barack Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure women equal pay for equal work, about 500 members of the community showed up for the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table's National Girls and Women in Sports Day Luncheon. "I'm looking out at stars in high school and stars in college, but I'm also looking at CEOs. I'm looking at women elected officials, and women … [Read more...]