On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating extraordinary YOGgies, Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors, Young Reporters and female athletes who act as inspirational role models for girls and women in sport across the world!
During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games last month, Russian Youth Olympic Games (YOG) figure skater Adelina Sotnikova delivered a challenging routine in the free programme, earning her the title of Olympic champion. Australian skier Greta Small, who set her sights on representing her country and competing at the Sochi Games following her YOG experience at Innsbruck in 2012, did just that, and competed in all five Alpine events. And 17 year-old Sara Takanashi (JPN) made history as she competed in the first ever women’s ski jumping event at an Olympic Winter Games.
These are just a few of the next generation of female athletes who showcased impressive and inspiring sporting achievements at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Along with YOG Ambassadors such as Yuna Kim, Young Ambassadors who were there supporting their nations such as Petra Gantnerova or Young Reporters Sonali Prasad, Julia Vynokurova and Emily Ridlington reporting on the Games, to name a few of the talented young women! They are also a true example of how sport is a powerful tool in defying gender stereotypes and empowering young girls and women, regardless of where they come from in the world.
With the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games taking place in Nanjing in August, and less than two years to go to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, we hope that the determination, hard work and stories of female sporting heroes – past, present and future – will motivate young girls to participate in sport at all levels and reach for their dreams!
Check out this video, which illustrates the progress that women and girls have made in the sporting world, and let’s hear it for the ladies on International Women’s Day!