Women in Sport

Girls As Young As Seven Are Giving Up Sport. This Has Got To Change

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Girls as young as seven are becoming more self-conscious, losing confidence and giving up sport as a result, a study has found. The same Government...

Putting the Freak Into Fitness - the Sexualisation of Women in the Fitness Industry

Laura Hill | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Hill

The gym for many, myself included, can be an intimidating, narcissistic and overtly sexual hellhole. It's not exactly the kind of environment that encourages women to want to keep fit, but another area of society where women are left feeling demoralised and in competition with one another over their looks.

Welcome Back

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA are now leaving New Zealand behind and we are heading towards the infamous Southern Ocean. We got quite a light start but the breeze has picked up nicely and we are moving fast in the right direction.

Race Delay

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Despite all of its extremities, the Volvo Ocean Race has to draw a line somewhere. This line happens to be a category five Tropical Cyclone named Pam, and she has definitely got our attention. She is the result of tropical pressure and she is incredibly powerful...

Have I Experienced Sexist Chanting? Yes. Was It a Shock? Sadly No.

Becki Knight | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Sport
Becki Knight

What I've began to realise over the last few weeks is the bigger picture. If I'd been in that crowd as teenage girl aspiring to work in the game...would it put me off? Quite possibly. Would I want my eight year old girl to witness it and believe that it was acceptable for her to be verbally abused due to the fact that she was a women? Absolutely not.

Five Ways to Get More Girls Into Sport

Zoe Mellis | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Sport
Zoe Mellis

Women not doing sport is a serious issue. According to Sport England's Active People's Survey, nearly two million fewer women than men play sport once a week. And at the age of 18, twice as many women as men do no sport at all.

As Rio 2016 Draws Closer, When Will Discrimination End For Sportswomen In Saudi Arabia?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lacking the motivation to partake in an active lifestyle? Spare a thought, then, for women in Saudi Arabia who are actively discouraged - and even...

The Most Powerful Woman In Football Is From Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As a woman in Britain, being an influential figure in football à la Karren Brady is no mean feat. But as a woman in a war-torn country like Sierra Le...

Major Campaign #SheBelongs Hopes To Call Out Sexism In Football

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying that football has long been considered a man's game. Sadly, sexism comes hand in hand with the sport, with many women sitting on...

How The #LikeAGirl Campaign Reclaimed It As A Powerful Phrase

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you were told that you do something 'like a girl', would you feel ashamed or would you feel proud? For too long the phrase 'like a girl' has bee...

Meet the Navigator

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

With a CV that boasts working with the British Olympic sailing team, Libby Greenhalgh is Team SCA's navigator, meteorologist and weather forecaster. An important job, considering that even a slight dip in the wind can massively impact the speed of our Volvo 65 racing boat.

We Are, I Am

Lisa Regan | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Are we as women simply meant to throw on a leotard and hit up a step aerobics class armed with one pound weights for fear we will "bulk up"? It is really time to help move the conversation along.

Taking Risks

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA has now been racing since the beginning of October last year, and we are now approximately half way through the fourth leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, the "city of sails" in New Zealand. It's day 15 and we still have one more gruelling week to go.

Egyptian Taekwondo Champion Kicks Ass And Beats Cultural Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK/UN Women | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From the word go, the odds were stacked against Caroline Maher. Born in Egypt and excelling in taekwondo, there were many who made it clear to Mahe...

Our Resident Mum

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

A 24 hour cycle as part of Team SCA is quite unlike anything I have experienced before. Our 24 hours aren't split clearly into day and night like everybody else's - we instead live as part of a constant process, a finely tuned sailing system, which moves in four-hour sprints.

The Simple Things in Life

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

It makes you think about how easy it is to let the tap running without really thinking about what a luxury it is. The unlimited access of clean fresh water is probably one of the things I miss most out here. And with that said it´s time to pull myself together and make that evening tea!

BBC Change Their Mind Around No-Women Army Show Policy After Public Outrage

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this month, Sophie Radcliffe was rejected from new BBC programme World’s Toughest Army because she is a woman. But thanks to outrage from...

Passing the Baton

Corinna Halloran | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

After three exciting legs in the Volo Ocean Race as part of Team SCA, I will be taking a back-seat on the next leg, passing the baton to my colleague Anna-Lena.

My First Leg

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There was no better day for me to start the Volvo Ocean Race. After three legs of watching my team mates race from the shore, I've been itching for my turn to join them on the Volvo 65 - though after going through everything with Corinna (my fellow Onboard Reporter), it was sad to wave goodbye as we left Sanya...

Welcome to Sanya, China!

Corinna Halloran | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Sailing to the Eastern world has been a bit surreal. When you're out there, offshore, you're in a bubble--you know you're moving and racing to some place new, but it's not like traveling on an aeroplane. Travel by air takes hours, not weeks, so when you arrive in a new place it's generally not as over whelming.

Rachel Moss

Woman Plans Record-Breaking North Pole Trek: 'I'm Not Tall And I Don't Have A Beard'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With Sport England's This Girl Can campaign winning the hearts of women (and men) around the country, 2015 looks set to be the year women are finally ...

Kickass Adventurer Reportedly Rejected From BBC Show For Being A Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In the last five years, Sophie Radcliffe has cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours, completed the Three Peak Cycle Challenge and participated in Iro...

The Malacca Straits

Corinna Halloran | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

The Malacca Straits are famous as one of the largest areas for shipping in the world--80% of the world's oil travels through the Straits.

Male TV Presenter Asks Female Tennis Star To Twirl, Twitter Brands Him A Sexist Bozo

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, but that wasn't important to one TV presente...

How Do Periods Affect Women In Sport?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Let's face it, periods are annoying. But for some of the world's most talented sports people, getting a period is more than a little bit irritating...