From Commonwealth Games to Super League team selections, UBSport is no stranger to awesome women leading the way in their sport. We managed to catch a few of them in amongst their busy schedules to ask them, in honour of this day, what their own personal greatest sporting achievement is, and why – and we’ve done a quick summary of why they deserve a place on our list of inspirational #UoBWomen for International Women’s Day.
As if ‘just’ being a medical student wasn’t enough, Sarah McDonald casually took up running after a figure-skating injury stopped her from continuing with her childhood sport. Now in her fourth year, she’s paused her studies to allow her to focus on the 2018 Commonwealth Games – where she’ll be representing Team England in the 1500m. Her greatest sporting achievement?
‘Representing GB at the World Champs in London was incredible – the noise and support of the home crowd still gives me goosebumps to this day, it will take a lot to top that. Becoming British Champion was also another big high!’
Twitter – @SarahAMcDonald
Second-year Sport and Exercise Science student Amy has been playing hockey since she was 11, and since getting her first cap for Scotland in 2016, the 2018 Commonwealth Games were also in her sights. Through hard work on and off the pitch, with intense training, S&C workshops and gym sessions, Amy was selected to represent Scotland at the Gold Coast last month – an incredible achievement which is her top moment so far.
‘Getting in the Great Britain squad and receiving my first GB cap. Also being selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games!’
Twitter – @AmyCostello6
Bex graduated from UoB in 2011, but that hasn’t stopped her being a key player in the Uni’s 1st hockey team, for whom she was the captain between 2014 and 2017. As a Graduate scholar, Bex made three BUCS finals with the team, and saw the team rise to top four in the Premier League. The most recent string to her bow is the honour of Vice Captaincy of the Scottish hockey team going to the Commonwealth Games in April this year!
‘I guess it has to be selection for the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Why? Well the more I play hockey, the more I love it, and the more grateful I am for this opportunity. To represent Scotland at the second largest international multi-sport event will just be incredible!!!’
Twitter – @bexcondie
First-year Economics student and sports scholar Fran is a netball powerhouse, representing as Goal Defence in the starting seven of the Wasps U21 squad (who are the current Superleague champions) as well as captaining the England U21 team. Having played since primary school, Fran’s commitment to both Wasps and the University first team means she has a very rigorous training schedule, but she doesn’t seem to let that slow her down! Fran’s best sporting moment so far…
‘Captaining England U21 at the World Youth Cup in Botswana and winning the Bronze medal. It was an incredible opportunity to experience another culture and play against different international styles of netball. Also, it was amazing to get the Bronze with a squad of girls who had been working so hard together towards this competition for years.’
Twitter – @fwills11
Third-year Ellen joined the Women’s Football first team when she started at UoB in 2015, but despite playing at county level at a young age, lacked the motivation and determination to push herself to her full potential as part of the Uni team. It was through the encouragement of the coaches, Performance Centre and team that she found her confidence and determination to improve her fitness, finesse her technical ability and as a result – she was selected to play professionally for Aston Villa’s Super League Tier 2 team! Ellen is an amazing example of a grassroots player striving to achieve her dream, and is a definite inspiration.
‘My biggest achievement to date would be signing for Aston Villa ladies, who play in the Women’s Super League! This was a dream come true!’
Twitter – @ellenmartin11