Women in Sport

We Have Arrived

Corinna Halloran | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

It's a very interesting time here in Abu Dhabi as we break down the leg. The important thing to remember is that this is all a time for the benefit of the team and the race as a whole. So, watch out, Team SCA is coming back on 3 January with a fighting vengeance as we navigate our way through tricky seas to Sanya, China!

Sticking Together

Corinna Halloran | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

If you've watched any of the Volvo Ocean Race video content (you can find a bunch of ours on the Team SCA website), you'd most likely gather that out here it's 100% carnage 100% of the time. However, this can be a bit deceptive as generally, especially in the last few days, for us it's been far from carnage.

Life at an Angle

Corinna Halloran | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Life on board is finally beginning to look "normal" again. For the last four days (although it feels like more!) we've been living a flat life. Cooking, changing, sleeping, and eating were all incredibly easy. Yes, it's been excruciatingly hot so life hasn't been that easy, but you are easily spoiled by flat water, no wind conditions.

Boiling Point

Corinna Halloran | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Despite the sunshine and no wind, it's pretty 'extreme' out here as you attempt to stay healthy in these extreme conditions. Nonetheless, it is vital to stay at 100% as you need your body to be a machine to help get the boat through.

Ran Aground

Corinna Halloran | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Frustrated, angry, annoyed, defeated, exhausted, and sunburnt are some of the best ways to describe Team SCA, after sailing for 24 hours with no wind. It seems some people have steam coming out of their ears out of frustration...

Stephanie Roche, Fifa Goal Of The Year Nominee, On Women's Football And Tokenism

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Football has long been a man's world. While top male players take home six figures every week and are cheered by millions of fans across the world, fe...

Sibling Rivalry

Corinna Halloran | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

As Team SCA settle into life on land in Cape Town, and make the most of spending precious 'down time' with family and loved ones, one of the crew has discovered that there's nothing like a bit of sibling rivalry to keep her fearlessly fighting off the competition!

Cape Town

Corinna Halloran | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Team SCA has been showing that hard work, team work, and concentration is what we are made of. We especially saw this on Saturday in our InPort race around the harbour, where we were faced with some very shifty wind conditions and tricky manoeuvres but managed to pull off a third place

Incredible!

Corinna Halloran | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

If we had to sum Leg 1 up in a single word, it would be 'incredible'. In the 27 days between Alicante and Cape Town we really did see a bit of everything. There were good days and bad days; it was up and down, windy and light, sunny and raining. A true test of our abilities as a team, and an amazing way to begin this epic journey.

My Life: 'It's Okay To Be A Woman And Be Competitive'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For years Judy Murray was known only as Andy and Jamie's mum, sat at the side of a tennis court clenching her fist and baring her teeth - while her so...

My Cycle Ride With the World's Best Cyclist

Lucy Hurn | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Sport
Lucy Hurn

Last weekend I went out cycling with one of the world's greatest cyclists, Marianne Vos. I should probably clarify, it wasn't just me and Marianne, but me and about 50 other women who joined the #TakeTheStage 'secret twitter ride' that Marianne's team organised to promote women's cycling.

Women In Cycling - Going Beyond "Shrink It and Pink It"

Fuchsia Watson | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Sport
Fuchsia Watson

Don't get me wrong there are some brilliant female role models in cycling, great resources available to female cyclists, inspiring blogs, wonderful fashionable and practical items specifically for women, but you often have to search for them and it can feel like an overwhelming amount of information. All this can be intimidating for someone wanting to take up cycling for the first time.

We're Off!

Corinna Halloran | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Team SCA begins sailing around the world in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, a 39,750 nautical mile ocean race reaching 10 countries over the next nine months. On the boat we are sailing with 12 women, including one onboard reporter (that's me), but our sailing team is made up of 14 women - all incredibly strong and intelligent on the art of sailing offshore.

'We Can Transform Stereotypes Of Women With Disabilities'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When 19-year-old aspiring model Wendy Crawford woke up to find she'd been hit by a drunk driver, her life changed completely. The accident had made...

'Camel Toe' Comments Completely Overshadow Achievements Of Colombian Women's Cycling Team

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The Colombian Women's Cycling team have found themselves the centre of ridicule media attention today, after an unfortunate kit design - featuring a n...

For the Future of Women's Sport, We Need Collaboration

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

If I get my job right, one day the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation won't need to exist, because we'll have achieved full gender equity for the sector. That day isn't here yet, but we're working towards it and the partnerships and collaborations we form will help us get there.

What the England Women's Rugby Team Can Teach Us About Life

Vicky Chan | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

England Women came home on Monday after beating Canada 21-9 in the World Cup Final... Their victory has been hailed as a giant step forwards for women in sport, especially for women's rugby in England. Here are three lessons we can all learn from the England Women's Rugby team...

Forget Gerrard and Co. Bask in the Glory of Britain's Sporting Success.

Jack Target | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Sport
Jack Target

As I sat there watching the last few seconds tick ever closer to confirming England's place a-top of the Women's Rugby Union World, I asked, we aren't that bad at sport are we? ... we are actually in a golden period for British sport. If you go through the most popular sports in the UK, you will find we have world beaters everywhere, including football.

Defining Moments for Women's Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

England Champions of the World, England Women World Cup Champions, England Women World Cup Winners, however you choose to phrase it, we will never tire of hearing it... this Women's Rugby World Cup catapults the sport forward in the UK and across the world and leaves a legacy that changes the Women's Rugby, for the better, forever.

Active Women

Linda Plowright | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Plowright

Lack of facilities, choice in girls' PE lessons, inequality in sponsorship and prize money and media coverage were all to blame. None of these have quick fix solutions. Sports Leaders UK is in the strong position that nearly half of the 120 000 sports leaders trained every year are female.

The Gender Gap in School Sport: The UK Needs Transparency, Not a Title IX

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

School sport is exactly where we should be looking to address the discrepancy between male and female participation rates... We know that participation rates among girls are lower, but until we use data to identify and clarify the reasons behind this imbalance, it is difficult to address the problem.

I Had a Dream

Rebecca Romero | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Sport
Rebecca Romero

Since retiring from international sport, I didn't think an emotional drive that had enabled my accomplishments, would ever absorb me again. But the day my baby boy was born and I became a mother, something even more powerful enveloped me. It's impossible to describe this overwhelming feeling, but every mother will know it.

Women's Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals: Pinpoint Precision from England, Heartbreak for France

Vicky Chan | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

It was a smashing victory for England, but the show was quickly stolen by the second semi-final of the evening, France vs Canada... Both semi-finals showcased some of the best talent in the Women's Rugby world. Here are some of my standout players from the two matches.

Women's Rugby World Cup 2014: A Realistic Chance for English Sporting Glory

Vicky Chan | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

England have featured in 5 of the 6 tightly contested Women's Rugby World Cup finals since its inauguration in 1991, being named champions just once in 1994... England haven't had a very happy summer of sport, and England Women's Rugby stand a good chance at grasping international glory in the coming weeks.

This Is Why Women's Sport Is Not As Big As Men's Sport

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Sexism - the big elephant in the room when it comes to discussing women's sport - may be the chief reason why it is not on equal footing with men, but...