To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 we wanted to use our blog to highlight some of the many incredible achievements, accomplishments and perseverances of women who work across the sectors of business, sport, charity and community.
1. Gina Hopkins
An outstanding role model for people who are facing adversity or who have a disability. Gina founded a non for profit organisation called Adaptive Martial Arts which aims to get people with disabilities into Martial Arts and Exercise. All of the work she does is voluntary and she still finds time to train and compete in Adaptive Strongwoman.
2. DR Rimla Akhtar MBE
Is a businesswoman and sports administrator, who champions inclusivity in sports. Rimla chairs the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation and in 2014, she became the first Muslim woman on the FA Council. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her contribution to equality and diversity in sport.
3. Carole Banwell
Carole was appointed general manager at Bath City FC last year. She remains one of a minority of women in the chair at football clubs across the UK. Carole has been hailed for transforming the club during difficult times with gate numbers more than doubling since her appointment. It is her aim to encourage more women to come to the home games and make sport more inclusive.
4. Jane Couch MBE
Having won five world titles against the odds, Jane is one of the biggest names in Women’s Boxing. Having been credited with putting women’s boxing where it is today, she still fights to get women’s boxing recognised and has been honoured with an MBE for her services to the sport.
5. Clare Connor CBE
After a very successful career as a professional cricketer including being captain of the England team, Clare became the Director of Women’s Cricket in 2008. She has been credited with taking women’s cricket and turning it into a professional sport with £40,000 contracts and in 2016 she announced the launch of a domestic six team women’s cricket super league.
6. Lizzy Yarnold
Lizzy is a British Skeleton racer who joined the GB national squad in 2010. Having won Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018, she is the most successful British Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time, from any nation.
7. Martine Wright
Martine sadly lost both legs in the 7/7 London bombings. As part of her rehabilitation she played wheelchair tennis before focusing on sitting volleyball. Having played at the London 2012 Paralympics, Martine is a powerful ambassador for disabled sport and a testament to how sport can transform lives.
8. Mel Bound
Mel set up This Mum Runs in November 2014. As a busy mum of two and a full time job Mel and put out a facebook post looking for a running partner. After being overwhelmed with the response she organised the first group run and 75 women turned up! The next week Hundreds came, so Mel started This Mum Runs. Mel’s running community has grown 8,500 with over 40 mums to date being trained and employed as running coaches.
9. Hannah Cockroft (pictured above)
A world record holder in 100k and 200m T34 wheelchair racing, Hannah won two gold medals and set two Paralympic records at London 2012. Born with cerebral palsy, Hannah is an excellent communicator and has now set up her own sports management consultancy 17 sports.
10. Claire Balding
A well known sports broadcaster, she has reported on five Olympics, two Paralympics and three Winter Olympic Games. Last year she turned down presenting the grand national in favour of the boat race as the women’s boat race was being televised for the first time. Her BT Sport chat show is famous for its representation of female athletes alongside their male counterparts on the sofa.
11. Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent
Ebony is a former English cricketer who was part of the squad that won the 2009 World Cup, World T20 and Women’s Ashes. Since retiring from sport, Ebony has gone on to a career in the media including becoming a broadcaster and commentator for the flagship BBC programme Test Match Special. Ebony is also a Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach and runs a podcast called ‘The Art of Success’ where she sits down with high performers from various fields to unpick tools and strategies for success.