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Noël Couch: Woman Worth Meeting

When she joins the nation’s elite collegiate artistic gymnasts in Fort Worth this week for the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championship, Noël Couch will have a unique perspective on what it took for them to get here. Noël made trips to Cleveland, Ohio; Duluth, Georgia; and Los Angeles, California when she was their age to compete in this same event. The former Georgia Gymdog can now add the experience of event organizer to that of event participant. “I continue to share my passion with the sports community serving as the Assistant Director of Championships and Alliances at the NCAA,” she told us via email. “I am honored to serve as an advocate and leader for the incredible ladies competing in the Women's Gymnastics Championship.” She earned All-American honors five times in her final three seasons at Georgia, including on the vault in 2011 and 2012, the floor exercise in 2011 and 2013, and the all-around in 2011. Noël also collected the program’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 2013 as a senior, adding it to multiple other academic honors including three years each on the Scholastic All-America Team and the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. She continued her academic pursuits at Georgia and earned a J.D. with honors from the campus law school. She worked for a law firm and Sacred Heart University before joining the NCAA in January to oversee women’s gymnastics and lacrosse championship events. Her experience serves as an example of the positive effect sports can have on athletes like the ones for whom she now facilitates competitions. “Not a day goes by that I don't apply the lessons learned during my athletics career,” she said. “Gymnastics has taught me loyalty, integrity, and resilience.” Noël got an early start on forming those qualities as she hit the gym for the first time when she was two-and-a-half years old. “At a young age, I developed a love of gymnastics and throughout my career I learned the importance of complementing my athletic talent with academic excellence, community service, and a commitment to my faith.”…

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Jasna Rather: Woman Worth Meeting

Though she came of age in her sport in the 1980s, Jasna Rather didn’t owe her opportunities to Title IX. Born in a country then known as Yugoslavia, the former Jasna Fazlić worked through the club sport system in place there. Though boys had more opportunities, top female athletes could stay…

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Lisa Bowerman: Woman Worth Meeting

“Getting to work in college athletics means that I get to wake up every day excited about what's to come,” Lisa Bowerman told us. Lisa coaches the Texas Woman's University NCAA Women's Gymnastics team. Her program is the only NCAA team in the state of Texas, competing at the Division II level. As a…

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Erica Holmes: Woman Worth Meeting

As a child in North Carolina, Erica Holmes found her passion: sports. Today, she is responsible for helping run the American Athletic Conference Men's and Women's basketball tournament, which was recently contested in Fort Worth “My first love in life was sports. I played every sport growing up and…

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Jennifer Garrison: Woman Worth Meeting

In December, Jennifer Garrison made the sort of history Title IX legislation was intended to encourage. TCU had decided to start a women’s triathlon program and named Garrison its first coach. The Horned Frogs became only the second Power 5 athletic department to add what the NCAA has designated an…

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March Family Fun in Fort Worth

Fort Worth is bursting in bloom, so this March take some time to enjoy all that spring has to offer. Here’s our guide to some fresh fun not to miss this March in Fort Worth. March 12 TRWD Flyfest - River Park Trailhead Get hooked on fishing at this family-friendly urban fishing event in and along…

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1883 Filming Locations in Fort Worth

Taylor Sheridan’s newest TV series, Paramount+'s 1883, tells the Dutton family origin story and serves as a prequel to Yellowstone. The show features a star-studded cast, including Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, and Marc Rissmann. The production office was located…

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Heidi Swartz: Woman Worth Meeting

The sport that became Heidi Swartz’s profession wasn’t one in which she participated in her youth. “I participated in gymnastics, ice skating, and golf growing up. However, it was not until I was an adult that I got involved in running,” she emailed. “I started running after I started working for…

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