2009 is shaping up to be a great year for women’s sports, not only is Nicole Cooke making sure we know that she is one of the top female cyclists around but in a sport that is traditionally considered to be a ‘man’s game’, the women are kicking some serious butt.
What am I talking about? Well, today England won the 20:20 cricket tournament… England ladies that is. It’s hardly surprising really, England (Ladies) currently hold the Ashes (they retained them after their 2005 win), they won the Cricket World Cup and now they’ve added the 20:20 trophy to their shelves whilst our men can only look on with jealously… actually, they probably aren’t since women’s sports is taken about as seriously as Gordon Brown.
There was a bit of controversy when Wisden named Claire Taylor in their five cricketers of the year and you can pretty much guarantee that despite being the top ranked ODI batsmen in the world, named player of the 20:20 tournament she won’t get a look in for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (might be worth noting that currently, the only award held by a woman is the Young Sports Personality of the year award).
It’s a pity really that there are certain (male) footballers that are being promoted as a role models for young children when they’re probably the last person you’d want influencing your children, whilst Claire Taylor (holder of a Masters degree in Mathematics from Oxford University) will only ever see her name briefly mentioned in the “also” section of the tabloid sports sections.
So, congrats once again to England Ladies for being brilliant, let’s hope that they continue to go from strength to strength… maybe we should send them out in place of our male team.