The women are our fu­ture

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In the last ten years ‘ad­ven­ture’ sports has un­der­gone sub­tle yet in­evitable change. There was a time when the com­plete and dom­i­nant force in all sports of any note was men. Yet as dif­fer­ent sport­ing codes have em­braced women, even those deemed as ‘manly’, (in the ex­treme box­ing, have bloomed. As sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions be­come more open and more en­cour­ag­ing, and women be­come more proac­tive, the re­sult has been a mas­sive growth in women’s sports and par­tic­i­pa­tion, in par­tic­u­lar in the ad­ven­ture en­vi­ron­ments.

run­ning, jump­ing, climb­ing, ski­ing, snow­board­ing, pad­dle board­ing, you name it and they are do­ing mas­sive growth pat­tern at present.

An as­pect that women have brought to the ‘ad­ven­ture’ sports en­vi­ron­ment is more aware­ness, show­ing that many of the highly se­lec­tive, and in some cases closed sports, can be for ev­ery­one. nor­mally nur­tur­ing and the women make for great am­bas­sadors.

Once you start in­ves­ti­gat­ing the role women in ad­ven­ture sports play there are a long list of suc­cesses and too many to men­tion here, but we have show­cased a few in this is­sue. As a na­tion we are quick to rave about the success of our men, we need to be as equally proud of the women. In a cul­ture where women’s prize money in sports is of­ten less than half of that of men, where women are marginalised and ex­ploited be­cause of their sex­u­al­ity, it is with a cer­tain amount of

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