Leading Athletes & Journalists Highlight Women’s Achievements in Groundbreaking Year
In the spirit of the season, and hot on the heels of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, the Women’s Sport Trust invited a star-studded array of Britain’s greatest female athletes and media to select their Greatest Women’s Sporting Moment of 2015 – on or off the pitch. Through its online news site, the Mixed Zone, contributors were asked for their views on who deservedly made the headlines this year.
Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic and world heptathlon champion, and third in this year’s BBC Awards, selected Lizzie Armistead’s World Championship as her moment of 2015. “[Lizzie] is the ultimate competitor and has such an amazing determination. She raced tactically and kept her race plan right until she crossed the line.” Jo Pavey, European 10,000m champion, also picked Armistead as a result of her endurance and ability to win by a wheel after such a long race.
Clare Balding chose the Oxford and Cambridge Women’s Boat Race crews, who for the first time competed in 2015 on the same stretch of the River Thames and on the same day as the men’s crews. “If the most traditional and elitist sporting event can embrace equality, anything is possible,” she said. Oxford University won this year’s Newton Women’s Boat Race by 6½ lengths, in a time of 19 minutes 45 seconds. Journalist Laura Winter picked the same event: “…It was about more than the race itself, it was a landmark occasion for women’s sport. At last the women had done what so many had previously thought they were incapable of and history was made.”
The Mixed Zone is a new online news site delivering reports and analysis on women’s sport, focusing on inspirational stories from world class female athletes and award-winning journalists. The site provides entertaining, honest insight and opinion on the developments impacting women’s sport, recognising the momentum female sporting success is having on the British public. The Mixed Zone gives athletes, fans, businesses and the media behind-the-scenes access to the key headlines and influences, aiming to become the UK and European online destination of choice, setting a new standard for writing about women’s sport.
Sue Mott, Editor of the Mixed Zone, highlighted the achievements of Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney General, for her focus on corruption within FIFA, world football’s governing body. “How disgraced FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, must look back fondly on days gone by when he could advise women footballers to play ‘in tighter shorts’,” she said.
The Lionesses, England Women’s national side, were chosen by journalist and broadcaster Reshmin Chowdhury. “It was so exciting to watch and root for an England side who were making history and inspiring others with every move they made.”
The full list of female sporting achievements can be found by visiting http://www.themixedzone.co.uk/the-greatest-womens-sporting-moments-of-2015/.
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