With women competing in sports that were previously considered the domain of men, it’s clear that change is underway. Here we look at the achievements of four amazing women who are blazing a path for others to follow.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no WiFi, it should come as no surprise that women have taken their rightful place in the centre of the professional sports spotlight. Whether it’s racing, squash, mixed martial arts (MMA), basketball, or just about anything else, nearly every professional sport has seen its fair share of elite female athletes, who have taken their respective games to the next level and raised the profile of women’s sports in general.
To delve further into this topic, we’re going to look at the achievements of Jamie, Nicol, Liz and Amanda, and see how their paths and achievements are inspiring others.
At just 21 years of age, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick recently won the first race in the new W Series, the first all-women single-seater racing series in history. Racing under the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver, Chadwick became the only woman to win a British Formula 3 race. And if her name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she’s also famous for being the youngest and first female British GT champion – a distinction she bagged back in 2015! Today, Chadwick is perhaps the most promising driver out of 18 (and four reserve drivers) picked to compete in the historic W Series. With all of her achievements so far, she could be a star for a long time to come.
Though currently ranked as the 18th-best squash player in the world, Malaysian-born Nicol David is responsible for the single most dominant career in the sport to date. She held the number one spot for 109 consecutive months spanning from 2006 to 2015. She’s also won 81 PSA titles and a record eight world titles during her time at the top. Now 36, David is set to retire after this year’s British Open. But while that seems like a young age for retirement, she has already given the world of squash 20 of her best years on the glass court. Through it all, there’s been a mesmerizing display of tenacity, agility, and skill that continues to inspire newcomers and veterans alike.
At six-foot-nine, towering WNBA centre Liz Cambage is known for having a larger-than-life presence on the court. The 27-year-old Australian set a league record with 53 points in a game against the New York Liberty, and was the WNBA’s leading scorer throughout last season, averaging 23 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, making her a runner-up for the spot of MVP. Naturally, all of this has set up Cambage’s team, the Los Vegas Aces, as a league power. WNBA odds aren’t quite as prevalent as those for the NBA, but some international bookmaking sites will show them, and among them there’s widespread agreement that the Aces are likely champions this season. Putting it simply, Cambage is poised to rule the WNBA just as the league is gaining in popularity.
Easily one of the most dominant athletes in MMA today, Amanda Nunes has no doubt earned her Lioness nickname. The Brazilian who fights under American Top Team currently holds UFC championship titles in two different weight classes. Nunes took the UFC Women’s bantamweight title from Miesha Tate back in 2016, and seized the UFC Women’s featherweight title with a knockout of the ferocious Cris Cyborg late last year. Through all her success, Nunes has also proven to be a versatile fighter, defeating a range of opponents with different skills, and doing it via KO, TKO, and submission. She more than deserves her prominent place not just in MMA, but in the greater world of modern martial arts.
These are just some of the most inspiring and influential women in sports today. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our recent interview with Britain’s greatest-ever female gymnast, Beth Tweedle!
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