Women in Sport

We're Off!

Corinna Halloran | Posted 17.10.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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...

Venus Williams' Naked ESPN Cover: Why I Can't Stop Looking At That Magnificent Bum

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

From warrior-like to more slender, ESPN champions the various physiques of athletes from different disciplines. And there's no question to which category Venus falls into. The former no.1 seed and seven-time Grand Slam champion is known for her strength and speed - she has the fastest serve ever recorded by a woman at 129mph - is ferocious on court and has a body to die for.

Is This How To Get Young Girls Into Tennis?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Judy Murray has warned there are not enough young girls playing tennis as she launches a new grassroots programme, Miss Hits, to inspire female partic...

Wimbledon: Why Are Female Tennis Players Going Bra-Less?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When you hear the word Wimbledon, you're likely to think of British summer time, strawberries, and tennis whites - and organisers are determined to k...

Did A Breast Reduction Help Simona Halep Become No. 3 Seed?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Having large breasts can cause women to have back ache, neck pain and poor posture - and according to a recent reports, it can also really affect thei...

Women, Do You Enjoy Football And Beer? This Sexist Advert Says You Can't

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Heineken seem to have a real problem with women. We're used to the company failing to understand that women drink beer too, but now they've gone on...

Costa Appointment Gives Hope to Powell

Matthew Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

Will such an appointment ever be made in the British game? Maybe its a long shot - particularly given that in the WSL, only two of the eight managers in the top tier are women - but we have hope. Literally.

Why Softball Isn't a 'Girl's Sport'

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Sport
Lucy Sherriff

A softball is not a soft ball. It's actually pretty hard. So much so that when one hit me in the face, it broke my nose. Shrugging off softball as an effeminate, lazy sport is not only ignorant but is an insult to the work of so many individuals and organisations who have worked to spread this sport across the world, such as BSUK.

13-Year-Old Girl Hits Out At Sexism In Surfing

The Huffington Post UK | Rachael Getzels | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A 13-year-old girl has hit out at a popular Australian surfing magazine for the sexist way it portrays women. Keen surfer Olive Bowers was shocked ...

Why WSFF Is Saying Yes to Success

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

On International Women's Day, the sun warmed the streets of London for the first time in months; the perfect day then to make my first visit to the Olympic Park since those halcyon days of 2012. Little did I know, I was about to relive the magic.

Poorna Bell

How Ex-Olympian Anna Watkins Is Changing The Conversation Around Women In Sport

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger, as they charged towards a gold medal win in the double sculls at the 2012 Olympics, held the nation captivated. ...

Sport, Sexism and Cheerleading

Jane Ashworth | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Cheerleading is hard work. See if you can do it. Try a dozen star jumps from a crouched down position, twizzle in the air and chant at the top of your voice at the same time. Unless you go to the gym more than every now and then, I bet you can't do it.

The Ladies of the Monte Carlo Rally

Lara Platman | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Platman

The Monte Carlo Rally began in 1911, but during the twenties with such interest from manufacturers and keen driving enthusiasts wanting to expose the quality and durability of their cars, the rules allowed competitors to select their own departures far and wide across Europe.