With International Women’s Day (8th March) is just around the corner, We at Sport 4 Development Ireland salute all those that contribute to the development of girls’ and women’s sport. We would like to let all you Girls and Women out there about an event that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is hosting. The Olympic Museum will host its very own special weekend celebrations honouring female athletes who are making a name for themselves in what are traditionally considered to be male-dominated sports.
On the 7th and 8th of March, The Olympic Museum is bringing together a boxer, a wrestler, a mountaineer and an extreme sports athlete to share their experiences, passions and reasons for pursuing their respective disciplines. The two-day event will feature sports demonstrations, round-table discussions and film projections of, and with, inspirational female athletes.
Go to Olympic.org Calendar for more on this event
On International Women’s Day, United World Wrestling (UWW) will also conclude its eight-week “Super 8” campaign. Over the course of the last two months, this programme has brought together eight female wrestlers, including Olympic champions Saori Yoshida (JPN), Natalia Vorobieva (RUS) and Carol Hunyh (CAN), for a series of activities and sports demonstrations, in a bid to raise awareness of women’s wrestling and increase female participation at all levels of the sport.
In support of UWW’s Super 8 campaign, The Olympic Museum is looking back at how wrestling, a sport which dates back to the Ancient Games, has opened up to women. Featuring portraits of eight ambassadors, archive images and interactive displays, the exhibition will run until 28 June 2015.
Below; watch an interview with Canada’s first Olympic women’s wrestling champion, Carol Hunyh:
Next week, the IOC will join UN Women at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, to co-host a side event that will explore how girls and women can be empowered through sport. This will be a unique opportunity to bring together Member States, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and representatives from the world of sport to position sport as an important tool to promote and achieve gender equality.
News & Video Thanks to; Olympic.org
Published 04/03/16 by Mark McCluskey