First of all I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day whether that was celebrating you, with family, friends, a partner or just having a normal day. If you want to catch up then I wrote a post all on self-love, to hopefully inspire you to fall in love with yourself.
Anyway today’s post was inspired by an Instagram post that I saw from the lovely Castlesandhurricanes a few weeks ago (go check her out she’s brill). This lovely lady spoke about National Girls and Women in sports day and her experience… and it really got me thinking. However, I thought why not make a post about it?
I know not everyone loves sports or wants to do them, but everyone deserves a fair chance to have a good go if they want to, regardless of gender.
Inspiring Girl’s in Sport!
I have personally always been interested in Sports from a young age up until today. I love the feeling I get from being a part of a team, or even an individual and just losing yourself in that moment. Not to mention Sports has many benefits both physically and mentally.
As a young girl I was interested in trying anything and everything in regards to sports. I did football, dance, ice skating, trampolining, netball, jujitsu and swimming. Yes I did have my fair share of “girls shouldn’t play this”. This was especially the case with football which resulted in me playing on the boys team as there were only two of us girls that put ourselves forward!
Fortunately for me I had a wonderful coach who encouraged and inspired me to play regardless of my gender. But I know this is not always the case for girls or women.
However, it is not just in schools but a lot of generations have been brought up with the mindset of “girls do one thing” and “boys do another”. It was almost as if I had to prove something to others. In comparison to boys (from my experience) that were just kind of accepted.
I do believe nowadays things have changed and are much better for young girls and women. We see a lot more women athletes or sports women on the TV and social media and its fantastic! I feel like girls today have a lot more to look up to, and this is crucial in ensuring that girl’s that want to partake in a sport can feel they can do so.
Personally, I am the sort of person you tell me I can’t do something, I’m gonna prove you wrong and do it- and yes I will do it. However, I also understand that not everyone is like me. We are all different and some girls will get put down and made to feel like they can’t do a sport and may believe it and give up.
I don’t think anything in life should be defined by gender. When did that ever be the case? It doesn’t even make sense to me. A job is a job, a sport is a sport, and having a dick or vagina doesn’t give you more rights than another.
Instead I think we should encourage and support others to try sports, learn new skills and build themselves up. They may find they don’t actually enjoy the sport, but that is their decision to make. Gender should never decide whether a girl (or boy) should do something or not.
Top 3 points to encourage other girls/women in sports
We need to make sure that we encourage girls, and by doing this change the language we use. For example, we shouldn’t be saying “boys play that” or “you can’t do that you are a girl”. Instead we should do our research and use that to encourage someone to pursue their dreams.
What sports did you do when you were younger (if you did)? Did you experience any comments about it because of gender?
I am currently running and training myself for more half-marathons and races. I also do dancing every week, but I would love to get back into jujitsu or get into kickboxing. I love to try everything and anything!
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x