TUESDAY 23 JANUARY – SUPPER AND VIEWING
Film night 2019 – Come and enjoy supper and a viewing of two documentaries
Two course set supper at 6.45 pm for 7.15 pm followed by a viewing of ‘Kiss the Joy’ and ‘A hero for Daisy’ – two documentaries telling the story of ground-breaking changes for women in USA rowing.
Kiss the Joy, a documentary about Joan Lind Van Blom breaking the “glass ceiling” in USA rowing, setting the gold standard not just for women – but for men – forever.
The life of Joan Lind Van Blom, the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in the women’s single sculls, is featured in the documentary, Kiss the Joy – the story of Joan Lind Van Blom. She was a girl who happened to walk into the Long Beach, California, boathouse just as women were being accepted. And inside that boathouse were the best men’s double scullers in the world – and one of them had just begun coaching women.
She was the unlikeliest candidate to change the world of rowing. She had never been a competitive athlete. But inside her was a fierce drive to succeed that would propel her not just to the top of U.S. women’s rowing – but to challenge the very best in the world.
One person can change a sport, a country, a culture. In an era ripe for change, Joan Lind was responsible for the tectonic shift in an all-male sport.
Hemingway once wrote that every true story ends in death. This is a true story. But it is a tale about life – and how much one person can change the landscape of our world.
A Hero for Daisy, hailed by The New York Times as a “landmark film” and “fantastic” by Sports Illustrated.
A Hero for Daisy chronicles the story of “Title IX” pioneer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanised her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director’s office in 1976, protesting at the lack of athletic facilities for women. Nineteen athletes stripped, exposing the phrase “Title IX” in blue marker (referring to legislation enacted in 1972, mandating gender equity for all institutions receiving federal aid). The impact was immediate and national in scope.
The film profiles Chris Ernst, who left in her wake not only rival boats but inequalities and gender stereotypes as well.
Two course set supper at 6.45 pm for 7.15 pm followed by a viewing of Kiss the Joy (running time about 1 hour) and a Hero for Daisy (running time about 40 minutes)
Cost: £20 per person, payable in advance.
To book: Contact the Leander Club office on 01491 575782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org