Kate Beirness worked her way up in the industry until she landed her dream job and now she’s using her dream job as a way to empower young women across Canada.

The TSN SportsCentre Anchor launched the first-ever HER MARK summit at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon and it was a hit.


The event consisted of motivational speakers, educational panels and special guests, and was attended by 100 Toronto-area female high school students who were handpicked by Beirness and the HER MARK team.

During the summit, the students took part in an interactive fitness panel which was led by Anaheim Ducks Strength Coach Mark Fitzgerald.

There were more than a handful of special guests on board for the first-ever Her Mark summit, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Rosie MacLennan, Pan Am gold medalist Mandy Bujold, Ryerson University assistant coach Kori Cheverie, Director of Marketing for Under Armour Canada Shana Ferguson, CCO Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Dave Hopkinson, 2014 Olympic gold medalist Tara Watchorn, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Charity Williams, Rogers Hometown host Tara Slone, and TSN’s Natasha Staniszewski, Laura Diakun and Tessa Bonhomme, who’s also an Olympic gold medalist.

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The special guests captained different teams throughout the day and led them through different workouts during the summit.

The morning workout and guest panel was followed up with a nutritional seminar by Sports Nutritionist and Strength Coach Sylvie Tetrault, and wrapped with a Q&A with two-time NCAA women’s basketball champion and 2015 Pan Am gold medalist Kia Nurse.


Beirness successfully pulled off something she’s been wanting to do for a while now and she’s going to be able to empower  young Canadian female athletes and students are going to benefit the most from it for years to come.