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At ISIF we aim to support women in ALL aspects of life... so we wanted to do a shout out to our Sporty Spices out there- especially those that don't always get the credit they deserve.

We talked to four amazing women all about what it's like to be a female in some predominantly male dominated sports.

Esmee Hawkey- Racing Driver

What made you get into the sport?

"My father was the one who inspired me to get into motorsport. From a young age I watched him race and from the age of 8 I got my first go-kart and have loved racing and being involved in motorsport ever since."

How would you describe your style outside of the sport?

"Those who know me personally know that there are two sides of me, on the one hand I would describe my style to be quite sporty as I spend most of my time in active wear always ready for the gym. However, I do love to dress up from time to time and would say my style then is very modern chic. Working in the motorsport industry is not very elegant so when I am at the race track my style is quite edgy and away from the race track when I go out with my girlfriends I love to really dress up and stand out from the crowd."

Who’s your sports icon?

"Claire P. Thomas – 99% of you probably won’t know who she is but to me I find her determination and motivation truly inspirational. She has so much positive energy and is someone I admire."

Who’s your style icon?

"Selena Gomez - I love how she’s able to do both, she looks great in casual wear and can be quite edgy at times but when it comes down to it she always looks fabulous on the red carpet."

What’s your experience of being a female in the male-dominated world of sport?

"I find it empowering being a female in a male dominated sport. When the helmet goes on, to me it doesn’t matter whether you are male or female, we are all just competitors. I found once I started beating the boys they soon show you respect and I’ve grown up in motorsport having a point to prove and showing guys that girls can do it better."

What does a day in the life of you look like?

"As a racing driver you have to be fit, so a day in the life of me would include going to the gym every day to train with my PT Mike Millen. I love mixing up my training and working on different parts of the body every day and a sport I’ve really grown to love recently has been bouldering. It’s so important for me to work out every day as I find it keeps me sharp and focussed on my goals. If I can be fitter than all my competitors then I am already half way to beating them in everything else. I also make sure on a day to day basis I am keeping a healthy diet and eating the right foods, but don’t get me wrong of course there has to be a cheat day somewhere along the line. As you can’t really train for my sport, motor-racing, I use a simulator to practice and learn circuits that I have never been to before. I also spend time watching racing and on-board footage of other racing drivers on YouTube and I love to sit down and watch the Formula 1 when I have the time."

What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?

"In my career my proudest moment was getting into W Series. This was an amazing achievement and I am so happy to have been a part of W Series this year. For those who don’t know W Series was a Formula 3 championship created for females only and was fully paid for. This is something that has never been done before and as motorsport has been such a male dominated sport for so many years it was an amazing opportunity to race against 20 of the most talented females in the world."

What advice do you have for girls trying to break into sports?

"My advice for girls trying to break into a sport would be to always believe in yourself and your own ability. It’s not easy and you have to put the hard work in to see results but your motivation and determination will take you far. Never give up on something you are passionate about and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough for the sport because if you want something enough you will succeed no matter what."

What’s on the agenda for 2020?

"I’ve got some really big plans for next year, every year is bigger and better than the last. I’ll be training in the gym more and harder than ever getting ready for when the season starts back up in April. You never know what opportunities might come up but I hope to be doing more races next year and will be attending lots of events for my sponsors and also for my fans"

Beth Shriever- BMX Rider

 

What made you get into the sport?

"I got into bmxing through my younger brother! We all busted our local track, Braintree, and gave it a go and haven’t looked back since. The sport is so different to any other sport so I think that’s what drew me into giving it a go!"
 

How would you describe your style outside of the sport?

" I’d say my style is very chilled and relaxed when I’m not racing or training. But I do like to make an effort and dress up when I go out out or doing something with my family or boyfriend."
 

Who’s your sports icon?

" I’d say one of my sports icons is Shanaze Reade or Mariana pajon. Both have achieved greatness in the sport and I want to achieve and ride like the way they have over the years."
 

Who’s your style icon?

"I don’t really have a style icon, I’m really into sneakers and being able to style with a shoe so I don’t know really haha."
 

What’s your experience of being a female in the male-dominated world of sport?

"Being involves in a male dominated sport can be hard at times, but we all work together and so far we’ve been able to get equal prize money for us girls! There’s no bad blood between us and the men, just at races there’s double, sometimes triple the amount of men competing to women."
 

What does a day in the life of you look like?

"A day in the life of me looks like, get up, have a coffee, some breakfast. Make my way to the NCC maybe do a gym session and then a track session in the afternoon, then when I get home have my dinner and go to bed! After a long training day I’m usually knackered and asleep by 9:30pm haha."
 

What’s been your career/sport highlight/proudest moment?

"My career highlight has been winning junior world champ, winning a World Cup as a first year elite and now working with Shanaze!"
 

What advice do you have for girls trying to breaking into sports?

"To all the girls out there don’t let anything stop you from doing what you love, of it makes you happy and you believe in yourself, work hard and do your thanggg!"
 
What’s on the agenda for 2020?

"For me, 2020 is about racing a lot and getting qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo!"

Cerys Allen- Snowboarder

What made you get into the sport?

"My older sister started snowboarding when I was 9 for fun and I was already very sporty with horse riding and said I would love it she was definitely right as soon as I got through my learning levels I went straight into freestyle and instantly felt like I belonged. I had found something I could see myself doing my whole life!"

How would you describe your style outside of the sport?

"I basically live in leggings and sportswear I love being comfortable! When I’m not in leggings though I tend to wear quite neutral colours all over and have one more statement piece with either a pattern or bright colour!"

Who’s your sports icon?

"For sure it has to be Anna Gasser she’s also a professional snowboarder and she is constantly pushing the limits of women’s snowboarding!"

Who’s your style icon?

"Ariana Grande! She can dress so casually yet look so dressed up at the same time! But when she wants to she can go all out and become the superstar she is!"

What’s your experience of being a female in the male-dominated world of sport?

"Honestly it’s not been too bad. Most of the guys I know are super excited the fact a girl is snowboarding at their level the whole community is such a big happy family. However when you are in a new place and you don’t realy know anyone there lots of guys will look down on you just because your a girl In “their park” that’s when you pull out some big tricks and leave them gobsmacked. I wish sometimes there were more girls I could just go snowboarding with because although the community is growing it’s still very small!"

What does a day in the life of you look like?

"During the summer I will be working most of my days just money saving so in the winter I can go abroad with some savings. Between work shifts I’m either in the gym or snow-dome training, sleeping or catching up on my most recent Netflix binge! When winter comes round I’m up at 8am to catch the first lifts up the mountain to get the best possible training time in possible. You always want to get there first because you can see from the top of the mountain all of the weather conditions and what sort of training you can get done. On the good sunny weather days you’ll progress massively because you’ll have the most time in the park pushing yourself. These days early in the season don’t always come often which means most of your time is spent riding off piste in big fluffy powder!"

What’s been your career/sport highlight/proudest moment?

"I have so so many highlights! However my top 2 would have to be in 2017 I did my 2nd Europa cup in Switzerland where women from all over the world come together in one of the best freestyle parks in the world to battle for the top spot. I won 4th overall which was a massive achievement for me! In 2018/19 I competed in the Austrian QParks circuit where in the 3 competitions I did winning 1 Gold and 2 Silver I had earned enough points to win 2nd overall woman for the entire series of competitions (in total there is usually 5/6). I had also just come back from a very bad injury from the season before and I had lost a lot of confidence so this definitely helped me a lot!"

What advice do you have for girls trying to breaking into sports?

"Just go for it! Do not let anyone ever tell you you can’t, and if they do just prove them wrong. The most important thing is that you are having fun and doing what you love!"

What’s on the agenda for 2020?

"I’m going to Canada for this winter season and will be between training sessions teaching snowboarding so that I can help other people get into the sport. Teaching has always been something I’m very passionate about and I’m looking forward to doing it properly!"

Lucy Campbell- Surfer

What made you get into the sport?

"I’ve always loved being in the water and so living by the coast, it only a matter of time before I had a go at surfing... turns out I got pretty hooked!"
 

How would you describe your style outside of the sport?

"I'm pretty casual. At this time of year it’s all about staying warm for me, hanging around chilly windy beaches it’s easy to loose motivation if your cold so its usually a jeans or a skirt /tights combo, boots and cozy oversized jumpers!"
 

Who’s your sports icon?

"There are many of the top female and males who’s finesse in the water I admire and take inspiration from. However I’d have say to the thing that makes my heart smile the most is being in the water with kids that are learning or ripping- their excitement and enthusiasm is so contagious. It’s a sure way to remind me why I fell for the sport."
 

Who’s your style icon?

"I can’t say that I have a specific icon- with social media it so easy to find different aspects / styles you love! If I had to choose one it would be Steph Gilmore (surfer) for her easy going approach on and out of the ocean."
 

What’s your experience of being a female in the male-dominated world of sport?

"Sure at times it can be intimidating or seem unfair- more than often I’m the only female in the water. However I’ve learnt so much from the guys that I grown up surfing with and I think they have pushed my surfing so much over the years. Women’s sport is definitely on the rise and surfing is one of the sports paving the way for equal prize money. Things are changing quickly I think soon equality in sort will be the norm!"
 

What does a day in the life of you look like?

"My days are pretty flexible depending on the waves and tide. Mostly it’s; up, brekkie, coffee and a little stretch. Then a surf, lunch followed by gym -if the waves are still good I’ll surf again, if not I’ll get some admin work done on my laptop, cook dinner, chill/ another stretch if I feel I need it! If I’m at home I’ll always make time to catch up with friends for a coffee or walk!"
 

What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?

"I’m really happy to be 6x National Women’s surfing champion and feel so fortunate to have been on some of the most mind-blowing trips but I guess actually just being able to call surfing my career is an absolute dream come true for me!"
 

What advice do you have for girls trying to breaking into sports?

"Do the things that make you happiest. At the end of the day that’s what life’s all about! So please go for it but always remember why you started out- for the love of the sport."
 

What’s on the agenda for 2020?

"I’ll be competing on the World qualifying series, the UK Pro surf tour and setting my sights on Olympic qualification! Also making time for some trips exploring waves in beautiful corners of the world with friends which is my absolute favourite thing to do!"

 



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