Throughout history, many people, whether men or women have left their footprints in this world, each in his/her respective area of expertise. In the sports and fitness industry, the presence of women is getting stronger and is gaining more importance and recognition. And as we believe that all human beings should be equally treated in all life aspects, regardless of any discriminatory factor-including gender each one of us can be the change every woman/little girl wants to see in our world.
Let’s get to know some of the most inspirational yet powerful female figures of all time in the sports and fitness industry.
Serena Williams, the record-breaking tennis champion
She is an American tennis player who, with her forceful style of play and willpower, redefined the presence of women athletes in the world of tennis and won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man or woman during the open period. For her, “the success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble”. Be confident, brave, and step into the fitness world, just like Serena Williams.
Alex Morgan, the soccer “baby-horse”
Beginning her success journey at the age of 14 and called a “baby-horse” by her teammates, Alex Morgan is one of the greatest soccer players in history, a two-time World Cup winner, an Olympic gold medalist and a vocal champion for gender equality and reforms in the soccer field. Her goal is simple: “I want to know I made women’s soccer better than it was when I came into it”. Be the change you want to see in the sports and fitness industry, as Alex Morgan aims for.
Simone Biles, one of the greatest gymnasts
She is an American athlete who, with her dedication, aptly took the title of the most decorated American gymnast, with more than two dozen Olympic and World Championship medals to her name. Never hold back, as men and women should have equal chances in all life sectors, and always keep in mind that, as Biles once said: “It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back. You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But it’s good to do”.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the greatest female athlete
She was named “Jacqueline” after the wife of U.S President John F. Kennedy, as, in the words of her grandmother, “someday this girl will be the First Lady of something”. With determination and persistence in mind, she was the first participant scoring more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon, a track-and-field athletic competition. For her, being an athlete is a blessing, and such things are not only made for men, as she once stated: “I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace”.
Rebecca Akl, a love story with basketball
She loved basketball from an early age. Rebecca Akl is one of the best basketball players in the history of Lebanese basketball and has won several titles at the level of the national team and clubs alike. Winning the Arab Women’s Basketball Cup with Al Riyadi Club Beirut, and the Arab Championship with the national team were among her most prominent achievements. In August 2019, she also won the West Asian Nations Championship with the national team and won two awards for the best player and best distributor in the tournament. For you, basketball players of tomorrow, Rebecca says: “Do not lose hope and achieve your dream of becoming professional basketball players by respecting this sport and its coaches, practicing perseverance, and accepting constructive feedback”.
Last but not least, keep in mind that you, and every woman, can be the next most inspirational athlete and reap multiple achievements and triumphs in the sports and fitness industry. Getting a daily dose of motivation, motivating other women, as well as being an advocate supporting women’s role in the sports and fitness industry is crucial. All you need to do is to focus on what matters the most to empower women and to leave the management for In2 by registering right away. Choose In2, the sports and fitness management software full of rewarding features and benefits, as your strong and tactical manager. Register now!