Irena Szewinska

When I was growing up in the 1970’s Irena Szewinska was making history. She was setting records in athletics which, had she been a man, we would still be lauding today. Usain Bolt is, rightly, celebrated for his domination of mens 100m and 200m. Irena Szewinska dominated at 100, 200 and 400m [...]

Madge Syers

We are now used to there being male and female versions of many sports; women’s football, women’s athletics and so forth. But in the very early part of the 20th century the remarkable Madge Syers realised that the International Skating Union’s rules did not specify the gender of [...]

Sylvia Gore

Sylvia Gore, the “Denis Law of Women’s Football” has died aged 69, from cancer. Sylvia was a pioneer of the women’s game, once scored 134 goals in a single season and scored the first ever goal scored by the England Women’s team in a 3-2 victory over Scotland. Sylvia [...]

Wilma Rudolph

In Rome, 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. Wilma’s early life did not hint at the life to come as the fastest female athlete on earth. She was born the 20th of her father’s 22 children across [...]

Lottie Dod

Charlotte Dod, known as Lottie was born in 1871 and lived until 1960. Amazingly she won the Ladies Singles Championship five times at Wimbledon and was the youngest woman ever to win the trophy. However it was not just in tennis that Lottie excelled. In fact she was the sports polymath of her day; [...]

Beryl Burton

Beryl Burton was an English cyclist who won more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles. On 17 September 1967, at the UK National Time Trial, Beryl rode a staggering 277.25 miles in 12 hours around the lanes of Yorkshire. This was a world record for both men and women! It was two [...]