The women are our future
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