Friday Finds is a regular feature in which I collate and share interesting articles and posts on running/fitness which I’ve read recently. Some might be inspiring, some might be scientific, some might provoke debate. All are things I’ve found in some way thought-provoking.
It seems that I was ahead of the game with last week’s post as I later learned that June 1-7 is Women’s Sport Week. So as a kind of “follow-up”, this week I want to share a few more articles which will hopefully encourage more women to get involved in sport and exercise.
One of the supporters of Women’s Sport Week is the BBC, and their website featured several articles to mark the occasion. First, I came across an article by Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, written to launch Women’s Sport Week. In it, she discusses the power of sport to improve the lives of women across the world, drawing particularly on her own experiences of sport and what it has given to her. Having recently been asked about what sport has given me, I found this an interesting read.
Next up, another article by an Olympian, this time pioneer Nicola Adams who was the first female to win an Olympic boxing gold medal. Adams focuses on the importance of role models and the need for more inspiring female figures in the world of sport. Boxing may not be my sport, but the sentiment here is definitely something I agree with. We’re fortunate in athletics that female role models are much more on a par with males, but that isn’t true of all sports and it’s high time that changed.
As a follow-up, the BBC also posted an article in which a number of British female sports stars discussed their idols. Most of those asked did cite female role models, however there are one or two exceptions, which further draws our attention to the availability of such role models for females in sport. In an ideal world, I’d love to see females across all sports being given high status and helping to inspire more women to have a go.
The inequalities in pay and status between women’s and men’s sports is highlighted in this article from The Guardian which takes female stars of football, rugby, cricket and cycling as case studies in the business and sponsorship side of professional sport as well as the gender pay gap in sport.
Finally, you may have come across this story on social media this week. 92 year old Hariette Thompson, a cancer survivor, has become the oldest woman to complete a marathon after running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours and 24 minutes. What an amazing woman!
- This 92-year-old Just Became the Oldest Woman to Finish a Marathon
- Lessons from Hariette Thompson, The World’s Oldest Marathoner
Also proving that age is no barrier to taking part, I came across this story about 71 year old Barbara Brady who has run 81 marathons! Having only taken up running when she was 28 (around the same age I started running) Brady reminds us once more that anything is possible. Go Barbara!
The Running Princess