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…
Eszter Tárnai
October 2, 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…
Eszter Tárnai
May 29, 2021

Blog: 48 ‘No men and no mirrors’ – Women’s experiences in the gym

As COVID-19 spread last year and gyms had to close for safety, women were forced to start exercising outdoors, or not at all. During the darkening winter months, women reported being afraid to exercise outdoors with fears of being harassed or attacked by men.  Now, according to Scotland's latest roadmap out of lockdown, gyms are due to reopen on Monday, 26 April. But before we sit back comfortably in the knowledge that women are protected and happy in gyms, let's ask them! In England, women have rejoiced as they returned to gyms on 12 April (alongside other genders of course) and most of them have…
Eszter Tárnai
April 24, 2021