These iconic female athletes are ready to ‘fight for the future of girls in sport’

first_img‘It’s about loving what you do and really finding joy in it’ (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)‘You don’t even have to become anything with it, it’s not always about that. It’s about loving what you do and really finding joy in it. And if you have that – you can’t really ask for anything more.Bianca thinks it’s crucial to invest in sport at a grassroots level. She says sport, first and foremost needs to be about enrichment and enjoyment – every success story starts with that.‘Most things are built from a good foundation,’ she explains. ‘And I think it is the grassroots involvement that does help more people to get involved and grow people’s love for sport.’MORE: Anthony Joshua tells Deontay Wilder to get in touch if he’s serious about unification fightMORE: Arsenal board not interested in hiring Carlo Ancelotti as head coach ‘If I said I wanted to be a professional climber – people would just laugh at me’ (Picture: Toru Hanai/Getty Images)‘The more sports we can talk about in the mainstream, and the more different sporting stories we can show to the world, hopefully more people will find something that they’re passionate about, that they love. And they will realise there is a pathway and it is possible.’Bianca Walkden won bronze at the 2016 Olympics and is a is a triple World champion – but she says she still faced prejudice and disapproval at the start of her career because Taekwondo was perceived to be a ‘male sport’.‘At the end of the day, I’m beating people up and fighting. It’s definitely seen as a more “masculine” thing to do – and I think it’s that kind of perception that can put women off,’ Bianca tells‘Getting into sport and making it your profession is a hard thing to – especially in a male dominated sport like mine. But if we can help young girls to find what they love in it – that’s the best place to start. These iconic female athletes are ready to ‘fight for the future of girls in sport’ The icons came together at the adidas Future of Sport event in London (Picture: adidas Future of Sport)Women’s sport has continued to skyrocket in popularity over the last decade – and public enthusiasm is showing no signs of dwindling.This summer we saw record viewing figures for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, sell-out crowds at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, and our home-grown female athletes have got used to standing on podiums – Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are both in the running for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.These women have the momentum; they have more media coverage, more hours on TV, more household names in their respective sports than ever before. But there is still work to be done.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the positive steps forward, there is pervasive gender inequality in the world of sport around the globe. Equal pay is a battle being fought on every sporting frontier, and female athletes are still pushing for better marketing, corporate investment and sponsorship deals.ADVERTISEMENTJessica Ennis-Hill was the golden girl of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and she stepped into the limelight when women’s sport was just beginning to permeate mainstream consciousness.The adidas ambassador says it’s vital the conversation moves on from vague ideas about legacy. and focuses on the next generation. Jessica thinks the future of women’s sport lies with young girls – and the importance of making sport a realistic option for them.‘Lots of young girls want to get involved in sport, but then they get to an age – when they’re teenagers – and there are so many different variables and things that happen in their lives that can change their priorities,’ Jessica tells‘It’s about connecting with girls at that time in their lives, and really gripping them and getting them hooked in such a fantastic way that they can see a future within sport. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img ‘I want to fight for those little girls’ (Picture: Kate McShane/Getty Images)‘The main focus we have right now is to push on and make the situation better for the girls, so they’re actually able to focus on their sports – that’s what all the little girls want.‘When I play, I see girls in the crowd wearing little T-shirts with “Miedema” on the back and that really does something to me. I want to fight for those little girls, I want to fight for their future. I want them to have a better situation than what we have right now.’Vivianne says she’s still has to wrap her head around the crowds, the noise, the fans – every time she steps on to the pitch.‘I’m not used to it myself yet,’ she says. ‘We go and play in a stadium and we look out and there are 10,000 people standing there wearing shirts with our names on the back. That is something so special.‘It just makes you want to like want to fight for your sport so much. Especially for the young girls coming through. I want to be able to make sport as good as possible for them.’AdvertisementShauna Coxsey is Britain’s most successful climber. She won the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2016 and 2017.‘My sport, it used to be so male dominated, especially when I started over 20 years ago, which is kind of scary,’ says Shauna.‘When I started out in climbing, If I said I wanted to be a professional climber – people would just laugh at me. It just wasn’t a thing.‘No one before me has ever been a professional competitive climber. So to be able to sit here now and talk about that, and realise that dream, it is such an honor.’Shauna’s journey wasn’t easy. To be a pioneering figure in a sport that has historically had such little female involvement – that was never going to be a smooth road. But she wants to give the next generation of female climbers a foothold. Comment Natalie MorrisThursday 12 Dec 2019 12:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link ‘Young girls can be inspired by what other women in sport have achieved’ (Picture: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images)‘Not even just seeing it as a hobby, they have to be able to see a clear pathway to being successful and making it a career.’We’re meeting at the launch of the new flagship adidas store on Oxford Street. Decked out head-to-toe in branded gear, the former athletics star tells us that the support and funding from big brands has been a crucial factor in her success.She’s flanked by an intimidatingly impressive bunch of co-ambassadors; Taekwondo star Bianca Walkden, climber Shauna Coxsey and Arsenal footballer Vivianne Miedema.‘Young girls can be inspired by what other women in sport have achieved – what the women sitting here with me have achieved,’ says Jessica.‘It goes back to the storytelling. People like us telling the story of where we started and the real journey of what it took to get us to where we are today.’Vivianne agrees. The Dutch national footballer says she can’t believe how far the women’s game has come since she started out.‘When I started playing football, I was like the tomboy – I was very much one of the boys,’ she tells‘But now, we have this platform where you can really be part of the women’s sports movement. We’re lucky with football, it’s massive around the world. We’ve got men’s football and everyone knows what the sport is, but we obviously have still had to build up the national women’s team to the level it’s at now.’Vivianne explains that many of her teammates are in 40-hour-a-week jobs – working nine-five before training every single evening. She wants being an athlete to be less gruelling for the next generation.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment

first_imgMikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta by questioning clubs that hire managers with ‘zero defeats’ rather than those with proven pedigree.Arteta, 37, beat off a host of significantly more experienced candidates to land his dream job and the 37-year-old spoke with immense pride during an impressive opening press conference on Friday afternoon.Carlo Ancelotti was heavily linked with Arsenal after being sacked by Napoli but was ultimately overlooked for the position. The 60-year-old Italian and is now being tipped to take over the reins at Everton.Mourinho’s great rival, Pep Guardiola, has backed Arteta to do an ‘excellent job’ after watching his compatriot develop as his assistant at Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta left City to take over the reins at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes to be able to create the kind of ‘winning mentality’ that Guardiola built during their time at City.‘You have to be ruthless, consistent and fit every day the culture of the club to create a winning mentality,’ he said.‘Every day is important, every act is important.‘His work rate is incredible… For me the secret is that the players and staff have to believe what you’re trying to deliver.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Comment Arteta insists he still has a good relationship with Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Arteta feels ‘a little bit sad’ about leaving City midway through the season but insists he remains on good terms with Guardiola.‘The relationship between me and Pep is incredibly good,’ he added.‘Obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood, he knows how I’ve been growing and the needs I had emotionally, the ambitions I had and he kept giving me more and more over the years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘If I had admiration for him before, after working with him I could not explain what a nice person he is and what a professional he is.‘The way he reacted with me looking at my eyes, he knew I was suffering because I was leaving him in a moment where obviously they need me a little bit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In that sense I feel a little bit sad but he’s been so supportive. We could not have left the relationship any better.’MORE: Manchester City keen on Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu but remain pessimistic over January signings Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)However, the Tottenham manager appears bemused by Arteta’s appointment, considering the Spaniard has no experience in top-level management.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,’ Mourinho said in the wake of Arteta’s appointment.‘So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?’ Mourinho said.‘I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose.‘So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.‘The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.‘I cannot find another reason.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Yoga on the field at Dodger Stadium? You can do it on Sunday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Personal yoga mats will not be allowed on the field or into the stadium. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct their first Yoga Day Sunday, with fans purchasing a special ticket package to participate in yoga session on Dodger Stadium’s field following the game against the Colorado Rockies.The session will be conducted by certified instructors from YogaWorks.The package includes a discounted ticket in the infield box, infield box value, loge box MVP and preferred loge box value sections and a Dodger yoga mat.The ticket package is only available at  last_img

’42’ snubs role of AFRO’s Sam Lacy in breaking baseball’s color barrier

first_imgSAM LACY (AFRO Photo)  by Moses J. Newson(NNPA)–The hit movie “42” talks plenty about Jackie Robinson, baseball’s color barrier and fair play but snubs Afro-American Newspapers’ legendary sports editor Sam Lacy, who played a key role in the baseball integration saga.Included among those who believe Lacy, a leader in the media push in the 1940s to integrate baseball was low-balled by the flick, are Jake Oliver, AFRO publisher, and Lacy’s son, Tim, who called the omission “a travesty.”Lacy, who is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., was the one of the first Black reporters to be inducted into the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Lacy traveled throughout the U.S. and to a number of foreign countries with Robinson. He suffered many of the same indignities faced by the baseball star because of his color.He was also the only sportswriter and the only Black on the four-man committee established to explore integration of Major League Baseball but was not mentioned in the film.During the rockiest moments of Robinson’s first year with the Dodgers, Rickey allowed Lacy to work from the Dodgers dugout.Lacy was in his mid-90s when he published his life’s story, Fighting for Fairness,” 1998. He was born in Mystic, Conn., but he spent most of his career in Washington, D.C., his home until his death at age 99 in 2003.42 boasts a solid cast with Chadwick Boseman as Jackie; Harrison Ford as Rickey; Nicole Beharie as Jackie’s always supportive wife Rachel; and Andre Holland as Wendell Smith, the Pittsburgh Courier and daily Chicago American Hall of Fame writer.Lacy and Smith often got together to map strategy.The stage was set for breaking baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 1942 federal fair employment practices legislation, New York in 1945 had the Quinn-Ives anti-discrimination law and a Boston councilman was threatening to block the Red Sox and Boston Braves from getting licenses required for Sunday play unless Blacks were given an opportunity to make the squads.New York Voice sports editor Joe Bostic took two players to the Dodgers’ Bear Mountain camp and demanded tryouts. Wendell Smith arranged tryouts for three players, including Jackie Robinson, with the Red Sox. None was accepted.Meanwhile, Lacy took his case for integration directly to the then-16 team owners, according to the sportswriter in his book.Lacy spoke to Major League Baseball Commissioner and all the team owners in Detroit.A four-member committee on baseball integration was set up: Rickey of the National League, Larry MacPhail of the Yankees, American League; Magistrate Joseph H. Rainey of Philadelphia; and Lacy.Lacy met twice with Rickey in the Dodgers offices. MacPhail never showed, so no official business could take place.However, Lacy and Rickey talked about Black players, including Jackie Robinson.Rickey soon told Lacy he wasn’t waiting any longer for MacPhail. At the April 1945 meeting Rickey had set off angry, alarmist reactions when he announced his decision to act, although he hadn’t selected the player.Rickey’s earth-shaking announcement and the signing of the newly married Jack Robinson to a contract with the Dodgers’ AAA Montreal Monarchs touched off dramatic and often bitter racial conflicts.42 captures much of the on-and-off field drama that covered brutally tense events involving Jackie’s fellow teammates as well as racist threats and efforts to harm him on the diamond. Ben Chapman, a manager in Philadelphia, was the most vocally nasty, but Robinson singled out Baltimore as the place where he was most surprised by the level of venom.Not only did 42 snub Lacy, it didn’t always do justice to its hero. It makes clear that Robinson, as a U.S. Army second lieutenant, was court-martialed while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for refusing to move farther back on a military base bus and loudly objected to the use of the N-word in his presence. But the movie does not make clear to viewers that Robinson was acquitted of all the charges against him.There also were instances in the film when after a particularly good play, the actor portraying Jackie seemed to clown and showboat, demeanor not typical of the serious Robinson.Situations involving kids provide some of the meaningful moments in 42.Once when Jackie was feeling down, Rickey boosted his spirits by talking about “a white boy who was pretending to be you…pretending to be a Black man.”On the other hand, there was the young white boy who after hearing his father yell racial slurs at Robinson, started doing the same thing.Moses J. Newson, is a veteran AFRO civil rights journalist. Having served as executive editor of the AFRO, Newson also chronicled the Civil Rights Movement including the trial of Emmett Till, and is one of four journalists who rode along with the Freedom Riders in 1961. Among his many accomplishments Newson co-authored “Fighting for Fairness: The Life Story of Hall of Fame Sportswriter Sam Lacy.” In 2007 Newson was inducted into the Maryland D.C. Delaware Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame.Reprinted from the Afro Americanlast_img read more