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sporting role models

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Nicole Cooke shares her no-limits approach to women’s cycling

Nicole Cooke is no ordinary cyclist. Not only has she won Olympic gold and the women’s equivalent of the Tour de France (the Grand Boucle in 2006), she had to do it despite the barriers she faced – broken contracts, unpaid wages, injury and drugs cheats, all of which she documented in her ground-breaking autobiography, … Continue reading

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

Kate Grey, Paralympic Swimmer and Sports Reporter

Kate Grey is a Paralympic swimmer and represented Great Britain for ten years. She was ‘born and bred on a farm in the West Country’ and now lives in Bath.  Kate has begun a new career as a sports broadcaster. She currently works as a freelance feature reporter for BBC Sports news with a particular interest in … 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

Amy Kington, Director of Bristol City Community Trust

Amy Kington is the highly inspirational woman behind Bristol City Community Trust.  BCCT strive to make a difference to the lives of communities in Bristol through football, particularly working with young people and educational opportunities.  Amy has been a long-time supporter of Bristol City Football Club and was an avid footballer when younger. She is … 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

Jane Leslie, winner of the 2014 World Triathlon Grand Final

In September Jane Leslie won the 2014 World Triathlon Grand Final in the women’s 65-69 year-old category. She has also won gold in the European Championships, as well as setting a British record for 1,500m freestyle swimming. She kindly took some time off her busy training schedule to talk to Sport Watch: What advice would … Continue reading

Elsa Hammond, rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean

Bristol University student, Elsa Hammond, is currently on Day 36 of her solo rowing adventure across the Pacific Ocean. Yes, that’s right – alone and unsupported in a boat, rowing across the Pacific Ocean! In case you weren’t sure what such a journey entails, we can tell you that it means crossing 2,400 miles of … Continue reading

Nicole deVries, producer of sports television

Women in sport often have an uphill battle, and this includes both on and off the pitch. The sporting industry is still one dominated by men. Nicole de Vries a freelance sports producer in Canada talks to Sport Watch Bristol about her highs and lows working in the sporting industry. Q. Tell us a bit … Continue reading

Ultimate Frisbee team Nice Bristols, international competitors

Today, we’re giving evidence to the Mayor’s Sport Commission on women and girls in sport. How appropriate then to share this multi-interview from a group of women who know something about the subject, being excellent athletes themselves. Competing at the top of their game in Ultimate Frisbee, Nice Bristols respond to our questions with some … Continue reading

Sasha Acheson, Bristol Ladies Rugby & England Women RFU

It’s been a big week for Sasha Acheson having been selected for the England women’s rugby squad for their Autumn International Series against France and Canada. Although it’s not the first time Acheson has played for England, having represented the nation in the under-20s previously. She’s also played for Saracens and Cardiff Met (UWIC) Women’s RFC. These days … Continue reading

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