Leading British sportswomen STAND UP for SPORT
20 December 2011
The captains of Britain’s major Women’s sports joined Olympians and British Internationals from other major sports at the Houses of Parliament last Wednesday.
Friends and guests of Surrey Sports Park Maggie Alphonsi, (Rugby RFU), Tamsin Greenway – (Surrey Storm & England Netball), Sarah Mckay – (GB Basketball), Karen Pickering MBE – (GB Swimming) and Alison Waters (England Squash & Racketball) were supported by MPs Tracey Crouch and Barbara Keeley, as well as Jennie Price, CEO of Sport England and Sarah Winckless, chair of the British Olympic Athletes Commission, in a show of strength supporting women’s sport.
Maggie Alphonsi, England Rugby RFU
Nicolla Weekes – England Rounders Captain.
Charlotte Edwards MBE – England Cricket Captain
Tamsin Greenway - Surrey Storm & England Netball
Faye White MBE – England Football
Jade Clark, England Netball Captain
Beth Storry – GB Hockey
Alison Waters – England Squash & Racketball
Marie Lucas – GB Dragonboat (U15)
Sarah Winckless, Chair, British Olympic Athletes Commission
Karen Pickering MBE – GB Swimming
Lucy Wray – Wales Lacrosse
Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown – GB Judo
Kylie Grimes – GB Wheelchair Rugby
Sarah Mckay – GB Basketball
Britain’s leading sportswomen were controversially omitted from the final 10-strong shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which will be voted upon by the public on Thursday, December 22, 2011. The Houses of Parliament photoshoot offers an opportunity to showcase the fantastic role models we have in Women’s Sport and how they connect to supporting female participation programmes across the country, through the Active Women Consortium’s ’UsGirls’ programme, funded by Sport England.
They are also supporting the publication of the first-ever Women’s Sporting Calendar which highlights the outstanding role models we have amongst Britain’s leading sportswomen. All profits will go to women’s sports charities - principally ’UsGirls’ which is developing sport for young women in disadvantaged communities across the country.
The other leading sportswomen supporting the photoshoot, which took place in Westminster Hall, the oldest building in the Parliamentary estate at Westminster, were Katherine Grainger, multiple Olympic medallist and world champion rower, Tamsin Greenway (England Netball), Marie Lucas (GB dragonboat racer), Kylie Grimes – GB Wheelchair Rugby and Karen Pickering MBE (former GB swimmer and World Championship gold medallist).
Click here for more info on The Women’s Sporting Calendar.