Sport is an interesting topic to bring up. For a very long time, it was considered, rightly or wrongly, to be an activity reserved primarily for males, owing to typical gender conventions of the time. However, this has changed and advanced over the years to become a much more inclusive world. Anyone can get involved with sport these days and that’s good.
So for women, there was a lot of catching up to do in a lot of sporting fields. Naturally, there have been some absolutely incredible female athletes who have gone on to inspire a lot of people. They have proven that they can throw down with the best of them, so let’s check out the top 7 inspiring women in sport.
MMA is a brutal sport which demands a high level of discipline, power and skill. Ronda Rousey is a woman who has emerged with all three and proceeded to dominate the competition for a long time now, smacking out the best of them in a fabulous display.
Beginning with a career in 2010, her influence and skill has skyrocketed to the point that she has become a well known figure in the industry. Ronda Rousey is the top ranked MMA fighter in the world and it really does show. She has inspired a generation of women to know that if they want to, and they consistently aim high enough, they will be able to reach for the highest levels of play and do great things.
Not every woman in sport who is inspiring is sometime who has used their physical prowess to succeed. In some cases, you will notice that these people have used their brains and sharp business sense to succeed, and Tyler Tumminia is just one of those people.
Basing herself in the field of baseball, Tyler Tumminia is the senior VP of something called the Goldklang Group, a sports and entertainment management firm which owns four minor league baseball teams. She has proven herself to not only be a passionate and capable figure in the world of sport, but also a shrewd and strategic businesswoman who has established herself in a male-dominated industry.
When a person thinks about the illustrious names of women in the world of sport, someone who might sprung to mind is the tennis pro known as Serena Williams.
Many would argue that being both female and a person of colour would create a series of unfair roadblocks for this lady but she has instead gone on to demonstrate what hard work, skill and a lot of passion will accomplish. She has rocked to the top of the tennis world and is a fearsome competitor in her own right, which is fantastic. She’s also inspired a generation of young women to go out and try sports too, and that’s why she is on this list.
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Exploring the world of running for just a second will lead you to names like Mo Farah – athletes who are fast, strong and public icons. But for the young women who want to get into it for themselves, Paula Radcliffe is perhaps the person to think about. She’s a powerful and highly competitive woman who has been running for many years and continued to dazzle in every race she stepped into. There’s no doubt that she is an inspiration for a generation.
There’s a really odd stereotype floating around the world about women and how well they can drive a car. Some accept that they are as capable as the rest, whereas others continue to throw out obnoxious stereotypes which make it difficult for everyone else.
Enter Danica Patrick. She is perhaps the most influential driver in the world for the women, being a legend in the NASCAR community. She can outdrive the best of them.
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There really isn’t much to say about this woman which hasn’t already been said before. A powerhouse in the world of sports reporting, Erin Andrews is smart, beautiful and has dominated a Male-oriented world to become one of the best reporters the industry has ever seen. If you don’t want to play sports, report on it.
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You’ve probably heard of the Los Angeles Lakers. They’re a famous team with some famous fans, and they do consistently well. Jeanie Buss is their president and part owner. She rose to the position after 14 seasons as the VP, and she has no intentions of putting the brakes on her pretty illustrious career.
So in conclusion, there are a lot of pretty incredible women in sport who never fail to inspire people. It is pretty interesting to see that women don’t just have to be athletes to get involved in sport. There are a lot of people who continue to do incredible things even though they aren’t involved in actual physical endeavours. These are all pretty powerful, awesome women who have broken through gender stereotypes and proven that sport can be an equal industry for all. They are some of the best athletes and businesspeople in the world and to be honest, deserve more recognition than they get everyday. There is no doubt that these people can swing with the best of them.