What do I think of Women’s Football “Euro Championships 2022”
Over the last few years I have put pen to paper so to speak to give my view on women and disability in sport so I have had to add again to my previous article.
I have heard an awful lot of negative vibes about the women’s football (soccer) such as “They are not as good as the men”, “Women should be home cooking not playing football” and even one guy down my local gym who said “It should be banned”.
What a load of absolute rubbish! Can we not we just enjoy another great sporting event. I must admit there are a couple of things missing compared to the mens football; the girls don’t roll around pretending to be injured and they do not seem to abuse the ref. But what the hell they are different sports and I for one have loved the games and good luck to the Lionesses on Sunday.
I am also enjoying the amazing Tour de France Femmes. Wow they are such incredible athletes. Maybe the macho men should have a go at riding 1000 kms through France!
Here is my original piece relating to Motor Sport:
A few years ago I wrote an article on safety in top class racing. Not something I recommend for the faint hearted as with all of todays social media it turned into a right bun fight. It really is something that splits opinion. It would be fair to say that a certain section of society would bring back the Roman amphitheater’s and Gladiators while others are at the complete opposite end of the spectrum and would make everything as safe as possible. Obviously there is middle ground but it is hard to find! And controversially the comments and views to my article were much more fervent and aggressive on the side of safety. A small but interesting contradiction.
In 1935 ten ladies entered and there were 4 all women crews! Right up until the 1950s women were a constant fixture at the great race. And then in 1956 all women were banned! As far a I know “no women had caused a crash or died” but it was not until 1971 they were allowed back. Even Rosemary Smith the famous Rootes Rally driver was refused entry in 1969!
In the next year 2017 Billy Monger an up and coming teen racing star had a Formula Four racing accident which left him with one leg fully amputated and another gone from below the knee. Billy is still on the way up! He is in single seater F3 with two pole positions and an amazing sixth place in the final championship placing. He has tested a formula one car and looks set for a bright future! Alex Zanardi is a legend too! Overcoming such terrible injuries in his Indy car crash but going on to race again and not only that but in his spare time he is winning Olympic Paralympic medals.
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