‘Happy International Women’s day’! Today marks the day we celebrate and appreciate the Women of this World, coming together to remember the political, economic, cultural and political achievements of women past and present. However, it’s not just the one day out of the whole year that all women are great over a wide spectrum of brilliance, it’s every day that the women of this world continue to be bold and make a difference!
One thing we can all celebrate is being ‘Active Women’. This term ‘Active Women’ doesn’t just apply to professional athletes but the rest of us as well! The ‘Active Women’, the women who just go for it, regardless of who they are, what they look like and how sweaty we they when they’re moving and groovin’.
If you’re not an ‘Active Woman’ already this is your chance to get up and make a difference, inspire yourself and others. Let’s celebrate and empower each other to be active and exercise without the fear and isolation of judgement that looms over us and stops us becoming stronger and happier people- mind and body.
Not only does exercise and sport have the power to make us feel amazing, it can act as a brilliant platform for change and recognition; I hope you find inspiration in these following women to stop fearing the imaginary judgement that sabotages our opportunities. Be inspired, don’t doubt yourself and get out there!
Behold the modern-day suffragettes of the sporting world:
- Sarah Attar, Saudi Arabian athlete
Attar became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympic Track and field, thus courageously challenging the social conventions of her country. Despite not winning a medal Attar represented the women of her country inspiring them to welcome sport and get involved becoming more athletic. Highlighting that taking part is just as important as winning.
- Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Campaigner
Former Paralympian medallist, Tanni- Grey Thompson is known for her vigorous and determined campaigning for disabled and women’s sport. Born with spina bifida, the Paralympian has won 11 gold medals across five consecutive Paralympics Games. Now retired, the inspirational woman in now a politician, TV broadcaster and patron for many charities as well as a board member for London Transport and London Marathon. Grey- Thompson is not afraid to speak out for what she believes in, in attempt to make our life’s healthier and happier.
- Jessica Ennis-Hill
“I’m proud of the way I’ve dealt with setbacks. It’s hard when you feel down and you think, ‘Why is the world doing this to me?’ But you have to pick yourself up again. That’s what makes you a better athlete.” Jessica Ennis Hill, athlete
Winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics was just one of Ennis Hill’s sporting highlights, but what’s most inspiring is her realistic and relatable approach being an ‘Active Women’ We could be envious of Ennis Hill’s six-pack after pregnancy however she admitted at one point that she was close to quitting and questioned herself in the lead-up to her comeback. Even Olympic champions doubt themselves!
4. Nicola Adams- Olympic boxing champion
British boxer and the first woman to win an Olympic gold in boxing! Now also the Commonwealth and European Champ, Adams has also been names as the most influential LGBT figure.
“We’re at a stage now where it’s all about equality. If a woman wants to play a sport, she can. There’s nothing stopping us.” Adams
- Martine Wright- Sitting volleyball player
Martine Wright tragically lost both of her legs in the July 7 London bombings. Since she has moved on with her life, skiing, parachute jumping and giving birth- to name a few! For Wright, the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics have given her life shape and her days meaning.
These are just a handful of inspirational women in today’s sporting society, let alone the rest of the world. Now it’s your turn to get active and be an inspiration.
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