It is International Womens Day and I send celebratory messages to all the inspirational women I know around the globe.
Whilst I may not be in a position to influence or push for equal pay in the corporate sector, my job enables me to encourage women to coach and be coached, and to share some amazing journeys due to sport and exercise. I have been privileged to coach and train women – all of whom have a different story.
For those who know me well will be aware that my professional ethos is not about achieving a beach body or looking as the media dictate that we should, it is about making healthy choices in order to make changes about how we feel about ourselves on the inside.It is about empowering women to feel that they are worthy of eating well, sleeping well and enhancing their sense of strength and well being through sport and exercise.
I have had the honour of coaching female triathlon world champions,female teenagers who are frustrated by the lack of exercise offered on the national curriculum and want to feel fit to support their studies. I have trained women through pregnancies, post child-birth, into menopause and beyond. I have seen the power of exercise help bereaved women find themselves again and regain a sense of purpose and meaning and give confidence to women who have lacked self-esteem.
Women I have worked with have shared their life stories, trials, tribulations and triumphs during our sessions and I have shared experiences of births, marriages, divorces and deaths with these extraordinary ladies.
Being in a position to introduce sport and fitness into women’s lives is joyous and I love the job I have. I love sharing the victories, whether it is a gold medal, being atop a podium or having the courage to run around the block for the first time.
Happy International Womens Day – let us celebrate today, but not just today – let’s celebrate being fit and healthy every day!