Here at Sport Has No Gender it is amazing to see history being created by passionate, driven young women in sport. Jessica Fox is definitely one of those who we salute as a role model to all young women to pursue your dreams and chase that illusive historic mark.
Jessica Fox – A Role Model for Young Women
Australia’s Jessica Fox has created history by winning a third consecutive women’s C1 title at the Canoe Slalom World Championships in London. The 21-year-old said she was motivated by failing to defend her K1 world title 24 hours earlier.
Her win makes her the first woman in both K1 and C1 to win three consecutive titles, and she joins only two other paddlers – one of the others being her father, Richard, to win a hat-trick of World Championships. Fox dominated the final, one of only two athletes to complete the course without a penalty, and finishing a massive 4.91 seconds ahead of the Czech Republic’s Katerina Hoskova in a time of 113.51 seconds. Australia’s Alison Borrows finished eighth.
The teams finals followed the individual events with Fox winning a second gold medal in the women’s C1 event alongside Borrows and Lawrence, while the men’s C1 and K1 teams finished 10th and 21st respectively.
With a massive slalom canoe complex located at Penrith Whitewater Stadium in Sydney’s west, along with a host of lakes, beaches and waterways across the country to get out and have a paddle, it is hoped the success of Jessica will encourage other young women to seek out opportunities in the world of slalom canoe.
For more information about Penrith Whitewater Stadium and how to get involved, please visit their website at http://www.penrithwhitewater.com.au/pages/home.asp
Sport Has No Gender.
What do I mean by Sport Has No Gender? Well, I’m talking about the fact that a report compiled for the Australian Sports Commission revealed a stark difference between both male and female sporting coverage and participation rates.
While participation has always been fairly level, the report found that females aged between 15-30 were dropping out of sport and physical activities at a rate 15% quicker than their male counterparts. What’s worse is that coverage of male sport accounted for 81% of television sports news coverage compared to 8.7% for women’s sport. To put this into perspective, horse racing received more coverage in 2014 than all women’s sport combined in Australia.
What this basically all means is that there is a significant gender gap in a country where sport is king, and this needs to change. Being a small-scale operation though, this campaign is not designed to challenge the way the large media organisations broadcast their sport, as this is financially driven and very much out of my control. The aim of this is to focus on bringing to light the lesser-reported and celebrated achievements of women in sport, in the hope that this will create engagement across a sport loving public, create strong positive role models for women in the community and encourage young women, particularly across this 15-30 age range, to either remain in or seek out local sporting opportunities so they too can enjoy all the benefits sport can offer to their lives. With any luck, this campaign is the first step to achieving this.
I look forward to bringing you more content across the next few weeks to hopefully change your perspective of women in sport, and show that while we may only be shown in the majority what goes on in men’s sport, that sport is truly gender-less.
Sport Has No Gender.