Although women are extremely talented and make great leaders and sportswomen, they need to make relentless efforts to get into sports, as it’s something out of the norm. However, many countries have a different approach to this, but majority of the countries think and believe this.
In today’s generation, however, women have been opened a portal into a world where discrimination is almost non-existent. They have access to new opportunities, which women in the past generations would have never imagined. Women are now creating history, bigger and better, than ever before.
Talking about sports, women are equally playing a huge role in shaping sports to be an important part of the curriculum be it in schools or colleges. Let’s look into five of the most influential sportswomen of our times:
1. Maria Sharapova
Russian tennis professional, Maria Sharapova never failed to showcase her outstanding skills in the game. Currently, Sharapova holds the ninth position in the best female tennis sport stars in the world by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). Besides her exceptionally good performance throughout her career, she also runs her very own The Maria Sharapova Foundation to help kids around the world achieve their dreams.
2. Steph Houghton
Houghton led England to 3rd place at the Women’s World Cup which was there best performance – and turned into a national heroine in the process. She was first known about in the 2012 London Olympics when she scored 3 goals in four games for her country, The Great Britain. She remains one of the treasured examples for the young girls of the country and internationally.
3. Mia Hamm
Mia won two of the first four Women’s World Cups and is now a founder member of the Washington Freedom. She has scored 158 Soccer goals in international competitions – more than any other Soccer player. She also won herself two Gold medals and the title of the Women’s FIFA World Player of the Year. Mia, now a retired soccer player, has also been honored in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
4. Dawn Staley
Three time Gold medalist, Dawn Staley coached a women’s basketball program back in 2008 and created a force that is yet to overcome. She was also the coach of the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks, where she won the SEC. Her outstanding success throughout her career saw her as the finalist for the Pat Summit Coach of the Year Award.
5. Brittney Griner
Last on our list, we have Brittney Griner. The 6’8” basketball player with 18 career dunks has a controlled style and athleticism that has proved an elated contribution to the history of NCAA’s women’s basketball. Griners’ college team, the Lady Bears, saw endless victories and won the National Championship in 2012. Griner has already become extremely successful in all that she has done so far and her career has just begun.
Indeed, these sportswomen have had a tremendous contribution to the World of Sports. Their magnificent talent is greatly appreciable. They have being role models to many younger girls all around the world and are now standing in positions wherein no such word as “limit” exists!