This week Alexa Main, a Journalist Student at the University of Stirling tells us a little bit about the inaugural SWIS Gala Awards dinner.

photo 3have been involved in sports since I can remember and I am pretty sure I learned how to walk with a ball at my feet!  Prior to University I spent time playing soccer in the US. We played in a stadium nearly the size of Forth Bank and had access to the same physio as our local men’s professional team. In 2012 I started playing for Stirling University’s Ladies Football Club and I have to say it came as a bit of a shock to me when the team struggled to get adequate training times and often ended up with less than substantial sand pitches to play on!

I became involved with youth girls’ festivals through the SFA, and was subsequently invited to attend the first ever Scottish Women in Sport conference. There, I learned about the community of people focussed on driving change for female athletes in Scotland, a demographic I now consider myself to be a part of. When the opportunity arose to join this incredible new force, I realised that I should be doing everything I can to ensure that women athletes everywhere are privy to an equitable environment.

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  • Linda Christie says:


    You have certainly captured the essence of what was a superb evening celebrating and sharing the successes of women in such a wide range of sports. It was a real pleasure to attend such an interesting and well organised event…….. the first hopefully of many more to come.

  • Vivienne MacLaren says:

    Great blog Alexa – and a great night too.