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Pamela Cookie is one of 35 athletes to join the Women’s Sport Trust.

Thirty-five elite female athletes have come together to bring positive change to the sport through a unique program created by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Athletes including middle-distance runner and five-time British champion Laura Weightman, former English netball player with 114 international caps Pamela Cookie, and wheelchair racer and Paralympic medalist Kare Adenegan have joined the community of 76 athletes who have been part of Unlocked since its creation in 2020.

For the third year now, the program continues to bring people together to solve problems that concern them. From addressing visibility, business value, diversity and awareness of women’s health issues, the areas of concern for athletes are many and varied.

In addition to hockey, netball, rugby and league, sports such as baseball, kitefoil racing and weightlifting will be included this year for the first time.

Tammy Parlor, MBE, CEO and co-founder of The Women’s Sport Trust said: “Unlocked gives us unprecedented access to the challenges and opportunities that exist in women’s sports. We are so lucky that we hear directly from athletes about the issues that concern them. And we know from the feedback from our Unlocked alumni that they value the community this program offers them, as well as the opportunity to connect with like-minded people.

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Sports Foundation, we can reflect on how far women’s sports have come. We want to change the face of all sports, and by giving athletes opportunities in Unlocked, we hope they feel empowered to make the change they want in women’s sports. »

Other athletes in the group include three-time Olympian and swimmer Hanna Miley; Sunday Times Vitality Grassroots Athlete of the Year 2020 and Rugby Player Zainab Alema; weightlifter Mercy Brown; British skeleton athlete Tabby Stoker and physician and Bristol Bears rugby player Simi Pam.

Hannah Miley can't wait to be part of the Unlocked program

Hannah Miley can’t wait to be part of the Unlocked program

Swimmer Hanna Miley said: “I first represented the UK when I was 15 and have since competed in three Olympic Games and won over 30 international medals. I have made the difficult decision to retire at the end of 2021, but I don’t want my path in the sport to end. I look forward to meeting like minded people in the Unlocked program and what we can do to support young athletes.

Skeletonist Tabby Stoker said: “I’ve been competing as an elite athlete for only a year, so I feel like I’m just at the beginning of my athletic journey. I know how lucky I am to have discovered skating and my personal passion is to see how we can help girls access all sports through puberty and beyond. »

  • Over the past two years, Unlocked athletes have achieved a lot:
  • Inspired by Action: Ten Athletes Created Their Own Organizations to Pursue Their Passions
  • Understanding Their Impact: Seven Athletes Join Advisory Panels and Councils
  • Building Future Leaders: Four Athletes Become Representatives in Their Sport
  • Permission to Speak: Dozens of athletes have spoken out on issues that matter to them, from gender inequality at training facilities to racism in sport.
Rugby player Simi Pam is among the athletes in the group.

Rugby player Simi Pam is among the athletes in the group.

As part of the Unlocked group, athletes will have access to experts from the worlds of sports, business and media. The Women’s Sport Trust organizes workshops and opportunities to hear from industry insiders, and provides athletes with their own “activator”. Activators are leaders in their field who will share their connections and expertise to help athletes solve problems and areas they are passionate about.

To celebrate the launch of Unlocked, the Women’s Sport Trust released a short film produced by Glorious Sport. The film stars Kare Adenegan, Zainab Alema, Mercy Brown, Pamela Cookie, Hannah Miley, Simi Pam, Tubby Stoker and Laura Weightman.

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