Andy Murray’s spectacularly sassy put-down of an American reporter after losing to Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-final, beautifully highlighted the tendency for female sporting events and stars to be forgotten or lost in the back pages. Whilst women’s sport may not always be front-page news, the stories and journeys they have been on create exciting and entertaining motivational speakers that inspire and impress audiences.
For a small island it’s safe to say we don’t do too badly in the sporting world. (This also creates an amazing pool of sporting motivational speakers to delight and dazzle!) However this summer the women representing Britain have done better than “not too bad”. Johanna Konta was the first British woman to reach the Semi Final of Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978. England’s win of the Women’s Cricketing World Cup was not only nail biting (only 9 runs in it!) but also entertained a sold out crowd at Lord’s. Finally beating France to reach the semi-finals in the Women’s Euros was not only spectacularly sweet (as always when we beat the French), but also proves that at least one English Football side is capable of performing and winning on the big stage at major tournaments!!
As many of the new faces of female sport are yet to enter the motivational speaker arena, the successful summer is a perfect opportunity to refresh our memories about a few other amazing female sporting motivational speakers who have led from the front whilst operating largely in a “Man’s World” (to coin James Brown’s’ song!)
When listening to a motivational speaker there is very little that is more inspiring than winning Olympic Gold. The nerve- shattering 2016 Hockey Olympic final is one that is not easily forgotten. Kate Richardson Walsh (the captain) and Helen Richardson Walsh (the winning penalty taker in Rio), as motivational speakers illustrate how hard work and commitment are key to reaching goals. From taking Bronze in London 2012 they speak about the lows and highs that led to the 2016 final and winning gold.
Rome was not built in a day, nor was the success at the Euros for England this summer. Hope Powell was the first ever full-time coach for the England Women’s Team. As a motivational speaker she speaks about the 15 years she held the position in which she became the first woman to achieve a UEFA Pro License, and with this she led the team to both quarter-finals and finals as well as achieving their best ever world rankings.
Ebony Rainford–Brent is another motivational speaker whose former team has done the country proud this summer. Ebony is a former England cricketer winning the 2009 World Cup and Ashes Series. She is now the first female coach for Surrey CCC and the first woman to be a test match special pundit. As a motivational speaker Ebony not only speaks about her sporting success but also about overcoming injury and the importance of focusing on peak performance.
Martina Navratilova’s experiences on and off the court make for a great motivational speaker. At the time of retiring this legend of the game had taken part in 9 Wimbledon finals; she also faced the pressure of defecting to the US and being a voice for diversity in sport.
These amazing women highlight that there is an incredible amount of talent (and excellent motivational speakers) in Women’s sport. To refer back to James Brown it may be predominantly “A Man’s World” but “it wouldn’t mean nothing without a woman or a girl”.
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