July 31, 2012 at 4:59
Posted by Rachael Woolston
When it comes to gender equality in sports, Great Britain has long dragged behind the US to name just one. This summer, let’s hope that the London Olympics will be remembered as a time when the GB women’s team deliver as many medals as the men.
We are not doing too shabbily so far with Lizzie Armistead and Rebecca Adlington winning medals. Although it is not just medals that inspire but the incredible feats of our female athletes.
Team GB weight lifter, Zoe Smith is a case in point. Just 18 years old, she snatched the British Clean and Jerk record of 121kg. That is like lifting the equivalent weight of a musclebound Arnold Schwarzengger in his 1970’s hey day.
It would be a wonderful legacy but in reality all the hype disguises a more depressing reality. Statistics show that participation among girls in sport drops off compared to boys as soon as they are out of school.
Worst of all, a survey by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Founation shows that girls do not like exercising in front of boys, and feel that getting sweaty is not feminine.
What has happened to the Fitbitch attitude?
To overcome this and wake everyone up to the huge rocket soaring endorphin ride and confidence boosting power of sport, we need more role models who are not just elite atheletes.ty.
At Fitbitch, we have trained hundreds of women who came to us having given up exercise at school, and now realise how much they missed out. They are now role models to their children, or their office colleagues, and this is where the grass roots movement must surely be cultivated.
Inspiration comes from every day women, not just elite athletes.
So let’s not just leave it to the Olympians but lead the way ourselves, and show that women are a force to be reckoned with.
Fitbitches shall inherit the earth. Or the stadiums or something.
For more information about the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation’s campaign and support their movement, tweet #gogirl for any women’s fitness feat.