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Blog 71: Black History Month

Scottish Women in Sport is dedicated to promoting diversity, equality and parity in sport, based on education, empathy and compassion. In order to amplify the voices of marginalised communities, we created this blog to share inspiring stories that make us understand each other's experiences better. October 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, originating from the US but now observed in many countries around the world.  It aims to "honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history." This week, to participate in the conversation, we invited Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, Co-Convenor of…
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October 2, 2021
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Blog 67: Equality in sport?

On September 9, 2021, the annual Scottish Women in Sport Conference will make a grand return after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are still available to 'The 51% Club' where our speakers discuss why are there so few women in leadership roles in sport. While there might be few of them, our speaker, Clíona O'Leary clearly proves that women are powerful and knowledgeable in leadership positions and deserve a seat at the table. Working as the Head of TV Sport in RTÉ for 11 years now, Clíona has been a part of several conversations about equality,…
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September 5, 2021
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Blog 65: Family above all

The events of Tokyo 2020 are far from over because the Paralympic Games are starting in less than a week. Bigger and better than ever before, Team GB is once again ready to take over the world of sport. All eyes will be on the Japanese capital again on the 24th of August and for the following 12 days as the very best para-athletes compete for gold. Team GB athletes will be at the starting line in several different sports, including swimming, wheelchair racing, cycling and much more.   The Paralympics promises to be a spectacular sporting event with more coverage…
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August 20, 2021
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Blog 63: Goodbye, Tokyo!

Tokyo 2020 is finished. Let's recap the victories, controversies and notable moments from this unorthodox Olympics. From day one, Tokyo 2020 promised to be unlike any other previous Games with its empty stadiums, infamous cardboard beds and controversial costs. But as the days went along, more and more topics of conversation emerged, proving once again that the Olympic Games are more than a sporting event.   Scottish success Team GB placed fourth in the Olympic medal count this year, with 65 shiny, brand-new medals to add to the collection. Scottish athletes took home 16 medals, which is an outstanding contribution we…
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August 10, 2021
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Blog 61: More than the athletes

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially started! Here, you can access the official schedule and cheer for the first-ever female-dominated Team GB. Sadly, this milestone doesn't translate to staff. Yesterday's opening ceremony was historical. Not only because athletes from 205 countries and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team marched into the near-empty Japan National Stadium, but because for the first time ever, Team GB, the United States, China, Canada, and Australia all sent more female athletes than males. The wider picture is, however, that Olympic staff members are still overwhelmingly male.  It is in this environment that Sarah Wilson has umpired the bronze match at Rio 2016, which…
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July 24, 2021

Blog 59: Getting ready

In 13 days, Tokyo will capture the world's attention and the Olympic cauldron will finally be lit (however unconventionally) after a one-year delay. More than ten thousand athletes around the globe are getting ready for their time to shine after an incredibly challenging year.  To understand the sea of emotions and mountain of pressure they are under, Britain's joint most decorated female Olympian, former rower and current chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger reminisces and gives advice to the new generation. She remembers having been a nervous, rosy-cheeked twenty-something 13 days before her Olympic debut, wondering what will happen. 'By now, pretty much all…
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July 10, 2021

Blog 57: Women on the stands

Tuesday's defeat to Croatia and the subsequent end of Scotland's Euro 2020 journey has shaken the hopeful nation this week. To commemorate the historic return to the world's football stage, we are celebrating the fans whose unwavering support got the team this far. Unsurprisingly, football is the most popular sport in Scotland, so much so, that it is considered to be part of our culture itself. What you may not know is that, even though the key football demographic is diversifying, women still only take up 8% of the Scottish football audience, according to a 2017 SFSA (Scottish Football Supporters Association ) report.…
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June 26, 2021

Blog 55: ‘Swimming has been a lifeline for me’

Taking swimming lessons is beneficial for children, even if they don't turn out to be record-breaking athletes later on. Many of the best swimmers start out at the kids' pool at a very young age. They are the lucky few that found what they wanted to do with their lives when it has barely started. Cerys McCrindle's story started in a very similar way. She was only 3 months old when her toes were first dipped in the water as her parents took her swimming. Her mom, Karen smiled at her daughter's innocent giggles as she started moving her limbs in unison.…
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June 12, 2021
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Blog 53: Celebrating marathon runners

In 490 BC, according to the legend, Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger, ran from Marathon in Greece to Athens to announce their victory over the Persian army. As he collapsed and died in glory, he couldn't have imagined the scale of the tradition that was born. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman who officially ran the Boston marathon. Against abuse, assault and insults, Kathrine finished the race and re-wrote history. This weekend, all around the world, people are participating in the Virtual Edinburgh Marathon Festival as the celebration of sport and life continues online. And every contender is a part of the sport's incredible…
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May 29, 2021