Women in Sport

'Tri-Citizen' Johanna Konta Makes The Perfect Hollywood Hitman Comparison

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Sport

Becoming the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jo Durie at the 1983 US Open is quite the super-human effort, so perhaps it sho...

10 Reasons Why Women Should Always Lift Weights

James Haskell | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

To achieve an optimal level of fitness with the desired lean body you desire, to put it bluntly, weight training is essential. If like so many other mistaken women you avoid lifting because you are terrified of becoming "bulky," then you're missing out on one of the best fat-burning methods around.

How Have Superhuman-Style Televised Programs Changed Women's Fitness?

Eleanor Coales | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Coales

Ultimately, we are seeing a diversification of women's fitness, with everything from barre to crossfit becoming popular. Television programs such as Ultimate Hell Week and Ninja Warrior have facilitated the publicity of more niche and previously more masculine sports, celebrating the women who enter it and inspiring many.

Even If The Ladyball Is A Joke, Women's Sport Is Still The Punchline

Eve Hartley | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Sport
Eve Hartley

Women's football doesn't need a candy coated ad campaign or the tacky colour scheme - we already have a Labour bus for that. What it needs is to be taken seriously, instead of ripped to shreds by institutional sexism. We should be talking about the pay gap and funding inequality, not trying to create a gendered football.

This Pink 'Ladyball' Is So Bad It Has To Be A Joke, Right?

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you want to get women into football, give them a pink ball. That's the message from the all-new 'Ladyball', which is pretty, pink and specially-...

An Open Letter To Fitness Brands Advertising To Women

Poorna Bell | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Women are fed up with being sold perfection. We're fed up of being made to run a hamster wheel towards something we're not quite sure we want or will ever attain. We're far more likely to cough up our pennies for something that resonates with us emotionally.

Top Ten Reasons for Women to Start Weight Lifting

Natalie Roberts | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Roberts

Regularly lifting weights will undoubtedly increase your strength, but for women (unlike men) it will not typically increase the size of your muscles by a large amount. Women don't tend to have the amount of testosterone needed to 'bulk up'.

Surfer With One Arm Tackles Giant Wave Six Months After Giving Birth

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Nothing slows down pro surfer Bethany Hamilton for long. Six months after giving birth to her first child, Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a sh...

One Year On, 'This Girl Can' Is Still Inspiring Women And Girls

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It's been a year since Sport England launched its groundbreaking This Girl Can campaign, and what a year it has been. The fitness initiative, which...

New Year's Honours List Proves Times Are Changing For Women In Sport

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sue Barker and Jacqui Oatley have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list, providing the perfect end to what has been a fantastic year for wome...

Serena Williams Delivers Powerful Speech At Sportsperson Of The Year

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Just when you thought it wasn't possible to love Serena Williams anymore, she goes and delivers a kick-ass acceptance speech that will send shivers do...

The Pride I Feel Representing England and GB

Sophie Bray | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Sport
Sophie Bray

Growing up sport was my passion and I was happiest and most confident when playing it. Schoolwork in the classroom took precedence in those days but after leaving school the balance slowly started to change.

'Lingerie Football' League Founder Explains Why She Set Up 'Scandalous' Games

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK

Women are lambasting a new "Lingerie football" - where women play in lingerie - in a league which is claiming to promote "equal pay". Football coa...

Sports Illustrated Respond To Claims It Photoshopped Serena Williams Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Serena Williams' Sports Illustrated cover was revealed on Monday, Twitter users were quick to accuse the magazine of Photoshopping the tennis sta...

People Aren't Happy About Serena Williams' 'Photoshopped' Sports Illustrated Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Update: Speaking to HuffPost UK, a spokesperson for Sports Illustrated said: "We did nothing to change the integrity of the cover image or likeness of...

Student Banned From Her Own Mixed Sex Football Team - Because She Might Get Hurt

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student was left shocked after being banned from the mixed set football team she set up - because she might get hurt playing against men. Laura G...

Louise Ridley

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I Once Agonised Over My Body'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Sport

Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic and world heptathlon champion, once "agonised" over how she looked. "Possibly the hardest thing as a girl growing u...

Why 'Understanding Women's Lives' Is Key to Getting More Women Playing Sport

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Like so many people around the country, my jaw dropped when I saw Jess Ennis-Hill steam through the finish line of the 800m in her final heptathlon ev...

Ex-Liverpool Player Ryan Babel In Shocking Sexist Twitter Rant

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK Sport

Ex-Liverpool FC footballer Ryan Babel has been criticised after he went on a sexist rant involving a female fan on Twitter and suggested she "concentr...

Why the Success of the Women's World Cup Empowered Young Girls Around the World

Payal Dalal | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Sport
Payal Dalal

The 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup lived up to the high expectations. We witnessed nail biting penalty shootouts, new entrants such as Cameroon reaching the quarter finals, and impressive physical feats by female athletes. We also saw something a little more subtle but no less powerful: the world got behind a women's sporting event.

The Brutality and Glory of Women's Sport

Dr Hannah Macleod | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Sport
Dr Hannah Macleod

In a sports team, judgments move away from how popular you are and what you look like to how hard you are willing to work and how much you contribute. I felt I had finally found my 'gang' and found a supportive environment where I could be me and develop confidence and self-worth.

Why I Chose to Play Football With the Boys... And Where It Took Me

Niamh McKevitt | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh McKevitt

Playing with the boys helped me in my aim to get to the top of the women's game. I made my full first team debut for Huddersfield Town just seven days after my 16th birthday and also had my first experience of international football for Republic of Ireland under 16s (rather than England... but that's another story).

Are These The Most Inspirational Women In British Sport?

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It’s proving to be an historic year for women’s sport. So before our attention is completely swallowed up by the mounting anticipation of Rio 2016...

Serena Williams Shows 'Built Like A Man' Trolls What Femininity Really Is

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying Serena Williams is a bad-ass. But when it comes to dealing with sexism in the sport that she's dominated for years, she's badder st...

Female UFC Champion, Ronda Rousey, Reckons She Could Beat Floyd Mayweather In A Fight

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Female UFC champion Ronda Rousey has proven she's badass once again, after saying she'd beat Floyd Mayweather in a "no rules" fight. Rousey has pre...