To help celebrate the International Women’s Day 2011, Olympic gold medallist and mother Sally Gunnell explores the positive impact on women and girls made by strong female sporting role models, such as world champion athlete Jessica Ennis.
An Olympic Gold Medallist in Barcelona, Sally Gunnell is one of Britain’s most popular female sportspeople. She is also the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Since retiring from athletics, she has gone on to be a TV presenter and was made an OBE in 1998.
She also discusses some of the initiatives in place throughout the UK designed to attract girls to sport participation on a grassroots level, as well as the support and funding in place to help developing elite female sporting talent – and raises the issue of the ‘gender gap’ in the perception of elite female sports and sportswomen, compared to men’s.
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first International Women's Day event was held in 1911, making 2011 the Global Centenary Year. For more information on the day and initiatives visit www.internationalwomensday.com
Aviva are proud to have been supporting British athletics since 1999. In 2011, Aviva will help pave the way for British athletes by hosting six world class athletics events on home soil – the Aviva Series, and supporting the Aviva GB & NI junior, senior and Paralympics teams as they prepare for major events and championships. For further information visit www.aviva.co.uk/athletics