AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference hosted its fourth annual Women in Athletics Seminar on Thursday at Augusta State University to provide female student-athletes who may want to pursue a career in collegiate athletics the opportunity to interact with a wide range of professional women in sports. Over 100 female student-athletes from 16 schools and three conferences gathered for the event.
Four student-athletes from Montevallo attended including sophomore volleyball athlete Kady Curl (Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth), freshman volleyball athlete Brianna Guzinski (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), senior volleyball athlete Jessica Guidry (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Pensacola State College) and women’s cross country athlete Katie Vanover (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett). Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Dawn Makofski accompanied the student-athletes to the event.
The seminar began with a professional panel featuring University of Florida head women’s soccer coach Becky Burleigh; Georgia Southwestern athletic director Jaclyn Kaylor; Spelman College athletic director Germain McAuley; WNBA and NCAA women’s basketball official Lauren Holtkamp; Amanda Osburne, director of internal operations for the South Atlantic Conference; Dina Neely of Musco Lighting; Brinsley Thigpen, CEO of the Augusta Sports Council and Heather Ould, director of operations for Collegiate Consulting.
“It’s all about that initial first step and how to start,” said Osburne, making her first panel appearance. “Student-athletes just need to know where to begin if they want to pursue a career in this field.”