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Competing with your body: How to be a woman in sport

By May 31, 2020 June 4th, 2020 2 Comments

Guest contributor Niamh Donnelly is a middle-distance athlete and long-time member of Dublin City Harriers Athletic Club. She competes in cross country, 800m, 1500m and occasionally the 4 x 400m relay. Here, she writes about how to be a woman in sport…

Have you ever pulled your pants down in front of a crowd? I have.

No one particularly batted an eyelid. I suppose I should tell you I was wearing shorts under the pants, but they were no less revealing than, say, a pair of knickers. Around me, other women pulled their pants down, too. Skin everywhere. Bare legs, midriffs, shoulders, arms.

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2 Comments

  • Avatar Wellbeing Pharmacist says:

    A great read, thank you.

    I went for a walk yesterday and watched a group of boys playing soccer while a group of girls stood at the sidelines on their phones. I felt both sad and annoyed to see it. I was never a great sports person but was never happy on the sidelines either! The more barriers, both mental and physical, removed for women to play sport, the better!

    Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  • Avatar Elinor O'Donovan says:

    I love this. Since lockdown started I’ve taken up running and every day I’m amazed at what my body can do! Thanks Niamh for your great insight.

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