Women in Sport

Even 'This Girl Can' Run a Mile

Helen Rankin | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Rankin

It wasn't just the total lack of confidence I had in my ability, I was also plagued with concerns about how I looked when I ran. Gym kit can feel particularly exposing and I found it very easy to worry that people would see me running and think "look at that larger lady running".

More Exciting Than Christmas

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Think about all of the excitement and anticipation that you feel on Christmas Eve. Now, times that feeling by a hundred and you will understand what it felt like just before we sailed into Newport, Rhode Island.

How Sportswear Has Become a Fashion Statement All on Its Own

Lisa Regan | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Style
Lisa Regan

It is funny how an item of clothing can be an emotional trigger or can be a reminder to you of great, good and bad times for you. I'll always love the teenage O'Neill years as they represented freedom, laughs and so much learning but for the 20s the lost their love for me.

Onwards and North-wards

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Time does a strange thing offshore. Sometimes time flies by--where there are not enough hours in the day - and other days creep by. Some days repeat themselves so much that you could swear you are the living rendition of the blockbuster film, Groundhog Day. It feels as if we have had one week to go until Newport, RI USA for at least two weeks.

Six Degrees of Separation

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There is a strange separation happening on board Team SCA at the moment, and it's about how well we are doing. There are two camps: inshore/match racers and the offshore racers...

Electric Buzz

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There is a contagious buzz at the moment on board Team SCA--and I don't think it's because of the food. On second thoughts, part of it may be related to food, but I think this is mainly down to the fact we have less than 10 days to go until we get to eat pancakes in America!

Dangerous Relief

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

So here we are - seven months into the race and five days into leg six and we are sailing alongside the race's typical leaders, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. We have also officially circumnavigated the Earth after crossing our leg one route two days ago. We all have a feeling of dangerous relief.

'Britain's Best Teenage Golfer' Reveals Her Top Training Tips

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As part of our Fitspiration month, we're profiling some of the trailblazing women who are dominating the sport industry in 2015. Charley Hull has b...

Meet Sarah Hunter Vice Captain Of England Women's Rugby Team

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In August 2014, the England Rugby team was on the front of nearly every national newspaper in the UK. But for once, it wasn't the men's rugby team ...

Big Smiles

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Someone recently said to me: 'you'll experience a lifetime of emotions in the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race.' She could not have been more correct, and at the moment, there is nothing but ecstasy.

Bounce: History of the Sports Bra

Alison Walker | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Style
Alison Walker

I've learned a lot about boobs in the last four months. There are no muscles in that area. I thought wearing a sports bra would make the breast dependent and weaken them - but not so. There is no natural support and without support the Coopers Ligaments in the breasts are stretched.

These Four Women Are Rowing Over 8,000 Miles For Charity

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A group of women set off on Monday on a grueling journey across the Pacific, in a quest to row thousands of miles for charity. The women, dubbed t...

Women In Sport: Meet Pamela Cookey, England's Netball Captain

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As part of our Fitspiration month, we're profiling some of the trailblazing women who are dominating the sport industry in 2015. Imagine if Wayne R...

Don't Assume I Don't Know About Sport Because I Have a Vagina

Francesca Syrett | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Sport
Francesca Syrett

Just last week, when talking about The Masters, a man said to me "you know The Masters isn't the only golf major of the year?". This stumped me. Not because I didn't know this fact, but because he felt the need to tell me this.

Meet The Woman Who Started A Business At 23 And Sold It For £20 Million

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lara Morgan set up a toiletries business aged 23. Seventeen years later she sold it for a jaw-dropping £20 million. To add to her impressive busin...


Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

We have arrived: exhausted, broken, alive, and relieved. After twenty two days at sea, Team SCA finally arrived in Itajai, Brazil. An emotionally overwhelming moment mixed with relief, excitement, and a tinge of sadness.

Coming First

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Being first does make you a winner - and this weekend, on Boat Races day, there are many winners - Oxford, Newton, Helena, the BBC, equality, the list goes on. The question now is who will be the next big pioneer? Women's sport is waiting for you...

Face Your Fears

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

When everything happened it was wet, brutal and cold and we were surfing down the swell in 20 to 25 knots. We were happily speeding along when we had a few small wipe outs. I looked out at the girls on deck - they were struggling, scared, and you could literally cut the tension with a knife...

An Equal Boat Race? About Bloody Time

Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK
Sarah Ann Harris

It was a long road to equality even once Oxbridge allowed women to race - descriptions of women rowing as "unnatural", being asked to pose in towels and financial difficulties were just a few of the hurdles. So how did we finally get to this point?

Dear BBC Sport, Helena Morrissey Is So Much More Than A Mother-Of-Nine

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

Of course being a mother is a fantastic achievement, and carrying and raising nine children is no mean feat. But, at this moment, the fact that she is a mother-of-nine is almost completely irrelevant, while her contribution to women's rowing, her position as a CEO of an investment company and all round kick-ass woman is what BBC Sport should really be being championed.

Meet Charlotte Edwards, Captain Of England Women's Cricket Team

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As part of our Fitspiration month, we're profiling some of the trailblazing women who are dominating the sport industry in 2015. Cricket, like most...

These Are The Women (And Organisations) Shaping The Future Of Sport

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women's sport is seeing a revival. And these are the people paving the way. The Women’s Sport Trust has released a list of the finalists for thei...

Towards the Finish

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

From one great adventure after another in one of the most remote places on earth, leg five has been hard work from day one. While it's been tough, it's also been incredibly rewarding - especially when it boils down to team achievement.

Meet Sara Hastreiter

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Just under five years since she started sailing, Sara Hastreiter is doing her first Volvo Ocean Race. To put this in perspective, some of the guys in the other teams have over 10 years' experience offshore sailing, so it's kudos to Sara that she's been able to develop the physical and mental skills required to sail in the world's toughest ocean race.

5 Ways Ordinary Women, Media And Advertisers Can Change The Inequality Around Women In Sport

Poorna Bell | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Millions are afraid of being laughed at, of getting changed in the gym, of being seen to be sweating, of wearing lycra and not possessing a body that looks like a size 8 model. And this fear is preventing them from doing something men are encouraged to do from birth, from harnessing something that will make them feel good, empowered, strong and capable.