Female Success Stories in Sport
There have been a number of recent female successes in the world of sport over the last 12 months. Some have won awards, trophies and competitions, while others have managed to compete against the men in their chosen sports. Books like [amazon template=product&asin=1555536719] show many women who are excelling in sports. We take a look at some of the female success stories over the last year, and discuss their achievements.
Katie Walsh has had a fantastic last 12 months and has really achieved in a profession that has traditionally been male-orientated. Ruby Walsh’s sister has lived in the shadow of her brother for many years but she has grown out of her shell in recent times. Recently, Katie was made Ladies Day ambassador for the Aintree Grand National meeting and was clearly ecstatic and very proud of her achievement.
In addition, she also became only the third woman jockey to win the Irish Grand National this year while riding Thunder and Roses. She has always been a great jockey though, and finished third in the Grand National at Aintree on Seabass back in 2012. Unfortunately, her planned mount Broadway Buffalo failed to make the cut for this year’s race and she missed out on the big event.
Reanne Evans is the female world snooker champion and came within a whisker of qualifying for the main World Championship event at The Crucible this year. Evans has won the women’s title 10 times and put up an excellent fight, losing 10-8 to veteran Ken Doherty in the first qualifying round.
Her achievements have shown that women can compete with the men, despite the legendary Steve Davis dismissing this last year as he claimed that ‘the male species have got a single-minded, obsessional type of brain that I don’t think many females have.’ 29-year-old Reanne almost reached the main draw for the World Championships and she is likely to try again next year as she searches for difficult challenges. Meanwhile, this year’s tournament is underway and you can find snooker news and odds here and if you’re thinking to compete yourself, Onlysportsgear.com is a good place to find your gear.
At 40 years old, Jo Pavey became the oldest woman ever to claim gold at the European Championships. The mother of two won the 10,000 metres race at Zurich last August and ensured that Team GB got off to the best possible start at the meeting. The fact that Pavey is 40 years old is impressive enough, but she only gave birth 11 months prior to the race – and how she found the time to raise a child while still training and competing at such a high level shocked everybody. Her achievement will forever be recognised as one of the greatest moments in British athletics history.