10 Inspirational sports women

Wednesday 17-06-2015 - 00:00

We're working with Sport England on the This Girl Can campaign to inspire women to take part in exercise. Your Sport and Student Development Officer Alyx Murray-Jackman gives us a run down of her Top 10 most inspirational sports women:

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill won heptathlon gold at the 2012 Olypics, and became ‘the face of London 2012’.  When a senior figure at UK Athletics described her as 'fat', there was national outrage. This prompted a focus on female body image, sexism, eating disorders and bullying in sport. Ennis-Hill is now a figurehead for a growing female movement in sport.

Nicola Adams

Not only did Adams make history as the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, she also topped the 2012 Pink List of influential British LGBT figures.

Kelly Holmes

Famous for her double gold winning performances at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Holmes has done a lot of work to raise awareness of the Female Athlete Triad, a body disorder affecting female athletes. She is the president of Commonwealth Games England.

Casey Stoney

The England captain is the first woman ever to be appointed to the PFA Management Committee. She publicly came out in February and said she would boycott the World Cups in Russia and Qatar in protest of their anti-gay laws.

Christine Ohuruogu

Ohuruogu has won 400m Olympic gold and silver, and two individual world titles. She has visited every school in the borough of Newham, where she grew up, to inspire the next generation of children.

Laura Trott

Double Olympic champion, Trott is one of the most high-profile British female cyclists in history. She is a figurehead for women in cycling, and has called for a gradual introduction of a women's Tour de France.

Paula Radcliffe

Radcliffe is the marathon world record-holder. She has campaigned throughout her career against the use of drugs in sport.

Ellie Simmonds

Simmonds shot to fame as a 13-year-old after her success at the Beijing Games. She is the youngest person appointed MBE (aged 18). She is a four-times Paralympic champion with 13 world records.

Beth Tweddle

Britain's most successful gymnast of all time, she’s even had a move named after her! She is an Olympic bronze medallist and three-time world champion. She won Dancing On Ice in 2013, and has campaigned against internet trolls since receiving sexist abuse online.

Imogen Proctor

One of our own! She's the captain of the Kickboxing club at Bristol SU and is the current WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organisations) British champion and double ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association) champion. Proctor suffers from Alopecia, and frequently blogs about her experiences. Also check out our interview with Imogen Proctor.


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