International Women’s Day 2019

To celebrate International Women's Day, we're shining a spotlight on some of the inspirational women from Sported member groups who are making a difference in community sport across the UK.  

IWD2019Audrey Barr, WISPA (Women in Sport and Physical Activity)

“WISPA is a non profit organisation encouraging and supporting women of all ages to become more physically active in their everyday life and empowers them to make healthier lifestyle choices thereby improving their overall health and wellbeing.

 

Their work targets women in the most socially deprived areas of Belfast, with particular emphasis on those who are at risk of developing poor mental and physical health due to low or decreasing physical activity levels. WISPA focus on hard to reach groups such as disengaged women, older women, women with disabilities and women from ethnic minorities.

 

Audrey has been working for WISPA for over 20 years.  Her work is always embedded in the local community and she has an amazing energy and humour which she brings to all she does.  She is responsible for the delivery of hugely successful programmes engaging women with physical activity in Belfast.  She is respected by the communities she works in and by partner agencies she works with.  She is a true inspiration!”

 

 

Hannah Brooman, InUnity

“Hannah is the founder of InUnity – since she set it up in 2011 the organisation has helped over 500 girls.  They offer a range of programmes and activities designed to empower girls. During Hannah’s time at InUnity she has had to become very resilient herself but believes that developing the girls and young women she works with is a priority and getting them to become more resilient and confident in their own ability is what drives her.”

 

 

 

Amanda Fraser, Inch Park Community Sports Club

“Amanda volunteers at Inch Park, a Sported member currently benefiting from our Project 51 programme. Thanks to her and the team’s efforts the number of girls participating increased from 16 last year to over 80 in 2019!!!”

 

 

Karen Bunyan, Riccochet Trampoline Club 

“Karen runs Ricchochet Trampoline Club in Banbury with the help of her son Michael and trusty golden retrievers! The club has  about 130 full time members of the club, aged from two to 60. Some of the young people that come through its doors have disabilities, including ADHS and autism, but everyone integrates. Karen says “By coming here, we build awareness, confidence, respect, and a future… for that hour or however long they bounce, they don’t have a care in the world. And they know they can aim as high as they want for anything else.”

 

 

Pana Angelopoulou, Surrey Canoe Club

“Pana is a long-term volunteer and Club Secretary of Surrey Canoe Club, operating off the banks of the River Thames in Laleham. The club offers fully inclusive sessions for disabled people and uses kayaking and canoeing to engage young people with learning difficulties. Her infectious passion and commitment rubs off on everyone she meets and has been a key driver for the club’s success. She modestly says “If what we are doing helps just one young person, it’s worth it. For me changing a life is a very important thing – it’s what gives me the energy to go the extra mile, because I know it makes a real difference. I can see the change in people’s lives.”

 

 

Cath Morgan, Fromeside Gymnastics

Cath Morgan, Fromeside Gymnastics“It is so easy to see how proud she is to manage this inclusive club and to have been instrumental in and shared in the journeys of many young people in their love of gymnastics, from high level competition to participation.  She has had the privilege of watching and supporting a young lady overcome her personal obstacles to flourish in her sport both locally and nationally and has also developed classes for those young people who reached their pinnacle in competition and now want to do gymnastics because they just love it. Such developments would not have been so successful without Cath’s love, dedication and leadership at Fromeside.”