MEDWAY — Principal Dr. John Murray and Athletic Director Jeff Parcells are pleased to share that two of Medway High School’s female student-athletes attended the 2020 Massachusetts Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day last week.
Senior Tara Shipos, who participates in Track and Field, Indoor Track and Cross Country, and sophomore Maggie Regan, who participates in Volleyball and Basketball, attended the event on Friday, Feb. 7 at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
Girls and Women in Sports Day, hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), brings together female athletes and the adults who support and inspire them. The day is meant to recognize the positive influence of sports participation on the lives of girls and women and the importance of equality for women in sports.
All schools in Massachusetts are invited to send two female athletes of an MIAA-recognized sport team to represent their school.
This year’s keynote speaker was Laney Clement-Holbrook, who has served as the head coach of Easton’s Oliver Ames High School girls basketball team since 1976. She is Massachusetts’ winningest girls basketball coach and coached the East Squad of the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago in 2017.
The female athletes also learned about and heard from numerous women who have been pioneers in the fields of athletics and physical education, both before and after the adoption of Title IX, which gives women athletes the right to equal opportunity in sports at educational institutions.
“Tara and Maggie are leaders within our athletic program here at Medway and we were happy to have them represent our school and all of our female athletes at Friday’s event,” Director Parcells said. “It’s great for them to hear how other women in sports have broken barriers and overcome challenges. It’s inspirational to everyone, but especially to our female athletes.”