Meet the team of passionate female sport journalists that make Unbenched Sports the platform that it is. Follow us as we find our voices and perspectives both in and out of the field we have chosen to tackle.
Casey Dobson, Founder and CEO
A lifelong sports fan, Casey’s family will tell you that she was built to cover sports. By pursuing sports journalism, Casey hopes to not only bring stories and insights to fans everywhere, but to also break down the stereotypes surrounding women in sports media so the next generation never has to feel the way she did: like the world you know you were born for doesn’t want to let you in. You can keep up with Casey through her series Sunday Sprint and by tuning into Ball Busters every week!
Mikayla Guarasci, Publishing Manager
From a young age, Mikayla’s life revolved around sports. Between playing and watching, she could never get enough. She decided years ago to pursue a career in sport media and has been working towards that goal ever since. Mikayla has been writing about various topics including sports and music for many years. She is passionate about creating equal opportunities for everyone and breaking stereotypes surrounding women in sports. Mikayla is Unbenched’s expert on all things hockey and you can hear her weekly on Ball Busters!
Noelani Maynard, Graphic Design Lead
Hockey has been the epicenter of Noelani’s life since she can remember. After flying thousands of miles just to watch her favourite hockey team and writing weekly NHL game coverage articles, Noelani seeks to pursue a career in sport media and build up a reputation in the male-dominated industry. She ultimately hopes to be an NHL broadcaster while simultaneously encouraging young girls to pursue a career in sports.
Brianna Losinger-Ross, Football Editor
Sports have always played a huge role in Brianna’s life, there was never a time where she wasn’t running from arena to soccer field. She took this passion for sports with her to university where she is now a second-year journalism student at Concordia. Brianna is interested in gender issues in sports media and hopes to continue her research in hopes of making the industry more inclusive.
Maya Maayergi, Social Media Manager
Maya has been involved with a variety of sports ever since she was a child. The first sport that piqued her interest was gymnastics, which she started doing at a young age. She also played soccer and softball during her school years. As well as playing sports, Maya is also an avid sports fan. Particularly, she is interested in watching hockey, football, gymnastics, and figure skating. Maya has always loved the way that sports can bring people together and the excitement that comes with cheering on your favorite teams and athletes. She is thrilled to be a part of Unbenched and hopes that through our work women’s representation in sports media can continue to grow.
Brittney Cabral, Racing & Soccer Editor
Brittney’s life. From playing hockey at the age of 6 through university where she played with the Brock Badgers Women’s Hockey team to watching almost every sport. She is an elementary school teacher who wants to show her students that women can be kick ass physical education teachers and have a career in sports.
Crina Mustafa, Contributor
If there is tennis or basketball on TV, she is probably watching it. Sports fanatic turned into an on-air host, writer, and podcaster, Crina hopes to make an impact in the sport media industry. She wants to bring more light to women’s sports and fair coverage to the stories that get lost in the cycle. You can catch Crina every week on Ball Busters, and see her work on sites like The Parleh, Venus Sports Co, and Locked On.
Krissy Draper, Contributor
Hockey has been a part of Krissy’s life for as long as she can remember. She grew up playing, reffing, and coaching girls hockey; having her early world revolve around hockey is a trend that has continued to this day. While academic interests drew her towards a different direction when it came to University, she hopes to eventually return to the world of sports and work in the hockey history field in the future while simultaneously advocating for women in sports.
Duaa Rizvi, Contributor
Growing up an athlete, you could usually find Duaa on the ice or the basketball court. Continuing her passion off the ice, Duaa is currently a third-year journalism student at Ryerson University. She aspires to a career in broadcast journalism so that she can show young girls that there is space for women of colour in the newsroom.