Competing for the Calgary Rage of the Western Women’s Canadian Football League, Connie Fekete is one of many pioneers in the nascent sport of women’s football. A dedicated and assiduous individual who embodies the competitive spirit of the game, Fekete is also an athletic humanitarian. While her gridiron performances contributed to the Rage enjoying their first .500 season in franchise history, she is also a charitable individual who looks to give back to the community.
When the city of Calgary was ravaged by a series of unforeseen floods, Fekete rose to the occasion. Employing social media, she was quick to report which roads were inaccessible. Once the rains lightened, Fekete and her children went to volunteer their time to assist overworked police and fire crews, while providing relief and comfort to the less fortunate.
Even in the aftermath of the floods, Fekete was still supporting her community. Advising fellow Calgarians of school closures and unsafe areas via social media, her role as a proud citizen was clearly evident. Her off-the-field heroics not only show a sincere concern for her community, but set an example for others as to what is the essence of character and compassion.
A great point of pride included her son making a contribution in an effort for cancer earlier in the summer. Well-known as an avid supporter of Calgary sports (including her attendance at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto); her charitable endeavors are creating a new legend.
During the first Saturday in July, she took part in a unique fundraiser in which the proceeds raised went towards Special Olympics. Participating in the Bikini Espy fundraising event, the brave women that participated were donning only a bikini and cowboy boots outside. Shivering and tolerating the elements, the event would end by being outfitted with custom Western gear.
In her blog, she mentions how the event resulted in a strengthened confidence in her and the new appreciation for how much fun life can be. One can tell that everything she does comes with great enjoyment and is truly a labour of love.
From an athletic perspective, this past season with the Rage represented several milestones for her. As a defensive back with the squad, she enjoyed the career highlight of her first interception. In addition, she played without a knee brace this season.
While she may be a mom over the age of 40, she has a great joie de vivre that rubs off on everyone she meets. As one of many mothers who compete in the WWCFL, she is helping to shatter the myth about age, parenthood and the ability to excel in competitive sport.
As the sisterhood of women’s football fights to be part of the general sporting conversation, characters like Fekete help to enrich the game. The defining factor of women’s football is that there is a sense of family, and everyone seeks inspiration in each other. While not everyone can be a superstar, there are many ways to be a hero.
The unfolding events of 2013 have represented a great chapter in Fekete’s personal journey. Through the dedication she displays on the football field, her heroics during a horrific flood, complemented by her efforts to improve other’s lives with charitable work, there is vivacity and an excitement for life which emanates. Possessing great character, she is a strong individual and a tremendous role model for women of all ages.