It’s Women in Sport week! Although this is something we think should be celebrated 365 days a year (and not just for 7 days) it’s nonetheless a great opportunity to highlight the amazing success stories of many women out there.
Firstly, let's address those women in sport who are very much in the limelight, for example Paula Radcliffe, Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams, Casey Stoney any many more.They have all achieved incredible things: world records, Olympic golds, cup final wins and generally just being incredible sportswomen, and for that everyone should be in awe of them. It's not everyday you can wake up and run a 2:15:25 marathon or beat anyone else in your field of sport; it takes hard work and dedication!
However, often when we are younger, both men and women idolise male athletes and aspire to be as good, if not better than them. But wouldn’t it be great if there were girls and boys out there choosing the female sportswomen of the world as their standard of perfection? This is something Nicola Adams (Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist) has spoken openly about: when younger, she ultimately only had male boxers to look up to… not that this has hindered her success. However, she is now becoming an iconic female sports role model, which is fantastic for both her and all women in sport. There are thousands of sportswomen across the globe who have incredible success stories, and just because sports such as boxing, football and rugby are often seen as ‘male’ sports, this doesn't mean women should be left behind.
A key example would be the Women’s England Rugby team, which actually won the World Cup last year; when you think about how much more successful they were than the Men's team, which lost the Six Nations, it is difficult to justify how much more media coverage the men got, and continue to get. We’re not saying women should be publicized more than men, but a level pegging would greatly encourage more women to get into sport!
Of course, it doesn’t just have to be the famous sportswomen of the world who inspire you. I, for example am continually inspired by my female clients each day. That exciting moment when they are able to lift more than they ever have, run a mile faster than ever before, and to see them generally gaining more confidence with each and every workout is enormously inspiring. It motivates me to keep working hard, mainly so I can keep up with them - I don’t have my own personal trainer!!
The main story we think highlights women in sport is the massive achievement by Hariette Thomson, a 92 year old cancer survivor who not just ran the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, but also broke the World record and completed it in 7 hours and 24 minutes. If that doesn’t inspire you to get involved in sport, we don’t know what will.
We’ve all got the opportunity to be 'Women in Sport': as long as you are keeping fit, exercising and more importantly having fun - you’re already there.
Image from This Girl Can.