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Rose's Story


Rose Powers is the founder / operator of Sport a Rainbow, and has dedicated her life to developing and promoting female hockey in Peterborough, Canada. 

Rose began playing hockey in 1979, and was involved with the Peterborough Girls Hockey Association (PGHA-Ice Kats) as a player, coach and later became the PGHA President from 2004 – 2013. Rose was inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2020, in recognition of her contributions to hockey in Peterborough, as well as women’s box lacrosse and Slo-pitch. 

After 30 years of working with youth in crisis, Rose has built a solid foundation of trust and compassion in the community, and has a unique understanding of the challenges facing youth today. 

Rose has always been a strong believer in equality and inclusion for all in sport, and one of her biggest inspirations is her niece, Sophie.   

Rose hopes that by taking the Sport a Rainbow Pledge, athletes, coaches and teams will foster safe spaces for everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, orientation or ability.  

Photo Credit: Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project
Heather Doughty Photography 2020