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Nicola Richardson

Nicola Richardson has written 37 posts for Sport Watch Bristol

Jen Clark, hockey player for Wick Ladies Hockey Club

Jen Clark is a role model first of all for her sheer commitment to sport. She has been playing for Wick Ladies Hockey Club for some thirty years. Not only that – she is also passionate about encouraging others into the sport through her coaching and captaining.  All great reasons for Jen to be declared … Continue reading

Jen Palmer, Captain of the England Senior Women’s Touch (Rugby) Team

Jen Palmer is about to experience the proudest moment of her Touch (Rugby) career so far: Captaining the England Senior Women’s team in Australia at the Touch World Cup 2015. This moment comes not from playing Touch her entire life, but after trying it for the first time in 2008 at a corporate mixed-sex Touch … Continue reading

Elina Helenius, horse rider extraordinaire

Elina Helenius is a horse rider and horse lover. She returned to her childhood passion as an adult after a fifteen year hiatus, the spell having broken during puberty (sound familiar?). Elina demonstrates that a break from sport doesn’t mean the end. She shows us that sport has benefits for everyone – at all ages … Continue reading

Ali Hucker, College Sport Maker

Were you excited by sport as a child or teenager? Or did you, like me, look forward to PE like you might look forward to a dentist appointment with a mouth full of cavities? I’m sure that Mr Hallsworth meant well… but his ill-fitting jogging bottoms and “come on boys” attitude didn’t really give me much … Continue reading

Rosie Allison, Team Bath Netball Superleague shooter

If sport is your thing, then Rosie Allison is your role model. Rosie is rated as one of England’s most talented young shooters and plays netball for Team Bath – the most successful team in the history of the Netball Superleague. Rosie has been part of Team Bath since she was 16 years old. The team … Continue reading

Holly Rush, marathon and ultra runner

If your New Year’s resolution involves running, then we have just the inspiration for you! Holly Rush is a marathon and ultra runner. She has represented GB at the European Championships in Barcelona 2010, 8th Commonwealth Games, and Delhi 2010. Holly won the Ultravassen 90k in Sweden this year and has previously won the Edinburgh and Pisa marathons. She is … Continue reading

Susie East, CNN International Sport intern

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its first report on Women and Sport in July 2014 — and, whilst things look a lot better than in previous years, there is still much to be done. Not least in the area of journalism. The Women and Sport report highlights that only two of the Press … Continue reading

Lucky number nine? The place of women and girls in the Bristol Mayor’s Sports Commission final report

On the 20th of November 2013, we gave evidence at the Mayor’s Sports Commission. The Commission had three main aims – raise sporting aspirations of the city increase participation unlock the array of benefits that come from sport (improved health, social cohesion, etc.). Our recommendations to the Commission fell neatly into all three camps. We asked … Continue reading

En garde! Ready! Fence! The Bristol Open Fencing tournament 2014

As we cycled up to the City Academy Sports Centre yesterday afternoon we could see through the large plate glass windows a scene that in another time, another place may have resulted in a bloody ruction. Yes, it was the Bristol Open Fencing tournament. But modern fencing isn’t bloody. According to the Bristol Fencing Club, … Continue reading

Cheer on our Bristol athletes – open top bus tour on 28 August

July and August have been bumper months for women and sport – culminating in Bristol tomorrow with the Open Top Bus Tour to celebrate local Commonwealth Games medalists and our England women Rugby World Cup Champions. And here’s who we’ll be cheering for on tomorrow’s bus: Claudia Fragapane – winning 4 gold medals in Glasgow, … Continue reading

Bristol Academy v Manchester City match preview

It’s a great time to #showup for Bristol Academy – their next five matches are Home games, including this Monday’s clash against Manchester City at 7:45pm at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Of course, the run of home matches is not the only reason to get behind Bristol Academy. Finishing runners-up in the FA Women’s Super League last … Continue reading

5 reasons why sport is not a scary word

Last week, Sport Watch attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Sport and Fitness (APPG). The event was chaired by Baroness Grey-Thompson and Barbara Keeley MP. You can read our initial reflections from the day here. There was so much positive discussion at the APPG and some great actions came from the evening. The one … Continue reading

Supporting local talent at the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014

The XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 are just 24 days away. We are excited about the games because it is an opportunity for female sporting heroes to shine, not just for themselves but as role models for the rest of us. And this year, they’ll be shining that much more brightly as the BBC announces … Continue reading

“Success breeds success” – reflections from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Sport

We were delighted to receive an invitation to attend the ninth All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on Women and Sport yesterday at the House of Lords. With the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the group, co-chaired by Baroness Grey-Thompson and Barbara Keeley MP, met to debate the role of international events for women in sport and how … Continue reading

Elsa Hammond, Bristol University student, sets off on Great Pacific Race

Today is the start of the Great Pacific Race. You might think it’s a bit over-hyped when you see it described as the ‘biggest baddest human endurance challenge on the planet’. But you’d be wrong. The race begins in Monterey, California and finishes 2,400 miles later in Hawaii. Yes, 2,400 miles across the Pacific ocean. … Continue reading

Launch of the Bristol Women’s Coaching Network

If you’re a coach and you’re a woman then you may be interested in the Women’s Coaching Network, launched last night by Wesport at the Watershed in Bristol. The aim of the Network is simple – put female coaches in touch with each other, offer them support in their development, and go from there…! Anything … Continue reading

Queen’s Baton comes to Bristol ahead of Commonwealth Games

The Queen’s Baton came to Bristol today, ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games which kick off later this summer. The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in much the same way as the Olympic torch binds other sporting nations. Over a period of 288 days the baton … Continue reading

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