Blog 12: Sameera Ashraf on her love of martial arts & her work encouraging Asian women into sport

This week Samera Ashraf, a 31 year old Martial Arts competitor who lives in Edinburgh tells us about her life in the world of martial arts and the work she does within the Asian community to encourage others to participate … Continue reading

Blog 11: Commonwealth wrestler Sarah Jones on the joys of sport participation at all levels

This week’s blog is superbly written by Sarah Jones who competting in wrestling at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I took up wrestling in 2008. I received a text message from an old judo team mate and until that day … Continue reading

Blog 10: the rollercoaster ride of captaining the Scotland Netball Team at the Commonwealth Games

This week Lesley MacDonald tells us about her career in netball and how honoured she was to captain the Scotland Netball Team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I first started playing Netball at Primary School. Thankfully the school … Continue reading

Blog 8: Glasgow 2014, Physiotherapy, post graduate study and beyond….

imageHi, my name is Ellie Richardson, I am track sprint cyclist with the Scotland Team and I had the honour of riding at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome last month! Female participation in sport is something I am passionate about from both a sporting and professional perspective so I was delighted to be approached by Scottish Women In Sport and asked to share my sporting story.

The first time I raced on an indoor track was at the age of 13, but there was no track bike in tow or Siberian pine in sight as this was an indoor athletics meet at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.

Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland I represented Wester Ross Athletics Club (AC) and Inverness Harriers AC, winning numerous medals across all the sprint disciplines and becoming Scottish Schools 200m champion aged 17. However, reconstructive ankle surgery forced premature retirement before the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and I thought my competitive days in sport were over.

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Blog 7: the importance of training the female mind

imageThis week’s guest blogger is Tracy Donachie, a qualified performance psychologist. She tells us about her passion to help athletes in the field of sport psychology and how she believes sports psychologists can support young female athletes in their performance.

Tracy gained a full football scholarship to play in the USA before returning to Scotland to continue her studies, play football in the Premier League and work with athletes within the field of performance psychology.  She currently works with Edinburgh Leisure as the Looked After & Active Project Officer where her aim is to increase  the physical activity levels of looked after children within Edinburgh.

Tracy has worked with various sports teams within Edinburgh and provides performance psychology for the Scotland National Women’s football team, (A Squad, Under 15s, Under 17s, and Under 19s).

If you listen to athletes competing in the Olympics, Wimbledon etc, they will mention the things like “effort, dealing with pressure, motivation”, but how often do we actually consciously train those things?  When I teach performance psychology skills, I aim to give athletes strategies to help them improve performance but also self-awareness, skills to self-evaluate and to build confidence. Mental preparation is vital to success and I think sometimes the stigma attached to “psychology” stops people seeking help to be ready in the mind.

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Blog 6: week in the life of an amateur athlete and Power2Podium contender

Screenshot 2014-07-27 07.44.48Kimberly Murray is a full-time exercise physiologist for the SportScotland Institute of sport, who on top of a busy job competes in athletics over 200m, 400m and long jump. Despite maintaining her training schedule of 5-6 sessions a week, Kimberly is currently putting herself through the paces as a part of the UK sport talent ID process for Power2Podium; an initiative similar to Girls4Gold, which saw Lizzie Yarnold win gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014.

Kimberly will be non-stop treating athletes during the Commonwealth Games and as if this isn’t all enough, she will be squeezing in a house move too! Feeling exhausted from reading the above? Relax, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy reading a life in the week of Kimberly.


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Blog 5: Crossfit fanatic to Commonwealth Games Athlete

This week Team Scotland weightlifter Louise Mather describes her journey to the Commonwealth Games which started as a passion for crossfit only a few years ago.

When Scottish Women in Sport approached me to write an article my first thought was that I have nothing to write about. I have arrived in the sport of weightlifting through a random stream of events and circumstances and if you had told me two years ago that I would be preparing for Glasgow 2014 I probably would have laughed in your face.

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Blog 4: international life of a professional footballer

This week Shannon Lynn, a professional footballer who has played women’s football in five different countries and with five different teams, tells us a little bit about her career and what lies ahead for her in the next year.

Player Profile

Name: Shannon Lynn
Age: 28
Position: Goalkeeper
Current Team: Vittsjo GIK (Sweden)
Previous teams: Hibs, Chelsea, Kent State University and Indiana Pro-Soccer team.
International Experience: Player of Scotland’s National Women’s Team since 2011.


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Blog 3: The adventurous life of a female professional mountain biker

HannahThis week Hannah Barnes, a professional mountain biker from Fort William tells us a bit about her achievements and her latest race at the Enduro World Series held as a part of the Tweedlove bike festival in Scotland.

I’ve mixed it up, competing in 10 hour endurance races, national xc races, enduro races, adventure races, downhill races, and off-road triathlons. A highlight race for me was in 2009 when I completed the Big Ben Nevis Triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km xc bike, 21km hill run up and down Ben Nevis), known as Britain’s toughest off-road triathlon. I came 7th overall and broke the female record in 8 hrs 16 mins. In 2011 I was 5th overall, and with tougher conditions came one minute off my own record.

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