#42) Harlequins

#42) Harlequins

Photo credit: @HarlequinsWomen Women’s rugby is on an incredible upward curve right now. It seems that every five minutes something groundbreaking occurs, whether it be the introduction of full-time contracts, new sponsors for major tournaments or outstanding performances. Attendance figures have also been smashed out of the park in the last few months, with the [...]

#41) Stacey Copeland

#41) Stacey Copeland

This week SportSpiel founder and co-host Alasdair Hooper writes about an athlete he describes as a pioneer, innovator and inspiration to all women. Pave the way. Three words that sound so simple but can mean so much. Those words can challenge prejudice, change society, alter stereotypes and make lives. If you are looking for a [...]

#27) Emily Glanvill

#27) Emily Glanvill

‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’ An oft-used quote from children’s author Thomas Seuss Geisel - or Dr. Seuss as he is more famously known - this is a statement relevant to as many people as it isn’t. One individual who certainly embodies this motto within her life is Emily Glanvill, [...]

#24) Sammi Kinghorn

#24) Sammi Kinghorn

Ask any journalist to recount everything they’ve written and it is almost guaranteed they won’t be able to remember the majority. But every now and again there is one that sticks with you forever. For me that’s the tale of Sammi Kinghorn. What the wheelchair racer has achieved, not just on the track but in [...]

#21) Alex Paske

#21) Alex Paske

Photo credit: Alex Paske “It’s so important to be passionate about what you do. That’s what we tell every child we work with, whether that’s in sport or otherwise.” These are the words of Alex Paske, the founder of the Mintridge Foundation and winner of the 2018 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Grassroots Award. [...]

#19) Lizzy Yarnold

#19) Lizzy Yarnold

Retirement is one of sport’s inevitabilities, alongside success, failure and injury. And while there will always be some upset at seeing their favourite athletes walking away, the mark of one that’s truly special is the universal outpouring of love sent their way after making the announcement. This is certainly the reaction afforded to Lizzy Yarnold [...]

#4) Beth Dobbin

#4) Beth Dobbin

Have you heard about the sprinter who went from relative obscurity and missing out on a place at the Commonwealth Games by 0.01s to British champion in the space of a few months, breaking a 34-year-old record on the way? Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Surely this is the type of narrative [...]