To be a woman to me is to be strong. Strong in my sport, in my friendships, my loyalties, and most importantly, my beliefs and myself. I am happiest when I am fully confident in myself and I know that I am doing everything in my power to be the best woman I can be, and whilst I shall never be perfect, I know that I – just like every other woman – will be great.
Power is something that is always put to women accompanied by sympathy for our apparent lack of it, but I feel mightily powerful. Although my sex has long been denied an equal seat, I strongly believe that we possess a colossal power from within. We are described as sex objects, workers, slaves, “just” mothers, and unequal’s and we continue daily to prove every stereotype wrong. Our representation is growing, our characteristics are being desired and our voice is finally being heard.
As a feminist, I do not stand conforming to another stereotype of a man-hater, but I stand here encouraging and calling for the empowerment of the sexes, on equal terms. I see the inequality of men reflected in things such as the lack of paternal leave and I shout for an equal reformation. Parity is difficult but it is inherently important for the progression of society and the human race. We are fighting a global war for equality and whilst in certain areas the battles are long and the victories small, it is undoubtedly a war which we are winning and for this I could not be prouder to be part of the force that is womanhood. I am inspired every day by the greatness and strength of my sex and long may this continue.
2. What is the importance of sport in your life?
From a very young age sport has played a huge role in my life and I would not have it any other way. I grew up being a competitive athlete, and once I entered secondary school I discovered hockey and it changed my life. I grew up spending not only my weekdays but also my weekends playing, it consumed my life and it developed me into a person I am sure I would not be were it not for sport. I have learnt the worth of team work and co-operation, I value the importance of commitment like only a sportsperson can, I know the struggle of sacrifice, and for all this and much more I adore my sport. Sport has opened so many doors in my life and has been, I believe, the greatest contributor to my happiness and for this reason I encourage as many young people as I can to make sport an inherent part of their lives.
3. What is your best accomplishment since being in UYHC?
I am incredibly proud of being part of the Ladies 1st XI, to be able to represent my university at its highest level in my sport makes me beam with pride and it is only increased by the fact that I get to do this with incredible teammates. My most valuable memories at York are in some way or another involving them, whether it be on the pitch playing fantastic hockey against the likes of Durham or Sheffield Hallam, or on a Wednesday night social. As well playing for the 1st XI, I recently was given the position of club social sec, and this too makes me very proud.
4. How UYHC has helped shape you and develop you as a person?
UYHC has never been a club for me, it has definitely been a family from the start. I have become so well-rounded since University because of the club. I have been lucky enough to be a fresher to a very wise group of 2nd/3rd years. I have sat, watched and taken in their extensive knowledge about both our sport but also about university life, friendships and more. I have grown in confidence and challenged myself and the club has helped me to learn of balance and its importance, it can be hectic training and playing matches with deadlines to meet but learning to balance studies with life is important and UYHC has provided me this sporting and social balance.
"To be a woman to me is to be strong. Strong in my sport, in my friendships, my loyalties, and most importantly, my beliefs and myself."
"I am inspired every day by the greatness and strength of my sex and long may this continue."
"Our representation is growing, our characteristics are being desired and our voice is finally being heard."