3 Incredible Female Athletes (To Get You Motivated This International Women's Day)
It is no secret that many sports are still very male-dominated and that getting into sport as a woman can be intimidating and down right hard work. We bring you three of the world's most inspiring female athletes from all different sports to show you how women can excel in sport and that we are just as talented as the guys!
Katrin Davidsdottir - CrossFit
CrossFit is one of the rare sports in which men and women compete side by side, instead of in separate leagues. Katrin Davidsdottir is an Icelandic athlete who won the title of Fittest Woman On Earth two years running in 2015 and 2016 at the CrossFit Games. At only 24 years old, she shows a grit and determination that is truly inspiring and her strength and speed are impressive to say the least. With a clean and jerk PB of almost 100kg, she can out-lift most men and proves that women can be just as strong and powerful as men.
Dame Kelly Holmes - Athletics
Dame Kelly Holmes has set British records in numerous events and still holds the records in the 600m, 800m, and 1000m distances. She has served in the British Army and won double gold at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. She has run a 4:28 mile which is quicker than most men, and in 2009 was appointed president of Commonwealth Games England, a post previously held by a man for 15 years. Since her retirement from professional athletics in 2005, she has done a lot of charity work and is very outspoken about mental health issues. She continues to be a major role model for women everywhere.
Lucy Charles - Triathlon
Lucy Charles has gone from strength to strength in her triathlon career, reaching its pinnacle so far with her incredible win at Ironman Lanzarote in May 2017 and second place victory at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, very close behind Swiss Daniela Ryf. Triathlon is a hugely male-dominated sport and Lucy continues to show how women should be inspired and motivated to take part. Having never even ridden a road bike before 2014, it's incredible that her Ironman World Champ time of 08:59:38 placed her 38th overall out of 2,455 athletes, meaning she beat literally thousands of men in this male-dominated sport.