Women are a strong type of human indeed. Often overlooked and underappreciated, the female athlete must contend with more challenges than ever. That’s what makes it so incredible to see athletes find ways to punch through barriers and rise to astounding levels of personal and professional success.
This article draws inspiration from five female UK athletes who have shattered norms and records alike.
Mercy Brown began weightlifting in 2011 when she was a mere 15. By the age of 17, she earned her first competition medal. She walked away with a bronze at the 2013 European U17 Championships and continued her winning steak.
Mercy’s accomplishments are even more impressive when considering what was happening in the sport of weightlifting at the time. The British National Team during that period saw elite funding removed for weightlifting due to a lack of Olympic medals.
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Raducanu has won 7 Junior career titles and made it to the Girls’ Singles Quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open. She has ranked as high as 10th globally with over £2.8 million in earnings. Her professional bragging rights began in 2021 when she became the youngest British woman to make it to the 3rd round at Wimbledon.
Emma won the 2021 US Open title while moving on to the semi-finals. She did this without dropping a single set and was the first woman to do so at the US Open since 2014.
We point to her most recent honour to give you a glimpse into the talent and tenacity of Ms Raducanu. She was presented with the Member of the Order of the British Empire by King Charles. A true accolade to accomplish at such a young age.
The 20 year-old picked up a tennis racket at just 5 when most of us were trying to master a tricycle. By the age of 13, she debuted with the International Tennis Federation in Liverpool and snagged the ITF-Under 18 title as the youngest-ever winner.
Ellen White is a renowned professional footballer having played with a number of clubs such as Leeds, Birmingham and Arsenal. Hailing from Aylesbury, Ellen has been among the world’s best strikers since her entrance to the international stage in 2010.
She was scouted by Arsenal when she was just eight years old. No wonder this prodigy made the local papers for being denied eligibility to play in the boys’ league.
Dina is fast, and we don’t mean average fast. She’s the fastest woman in British history, kind of fast. Dina was born on 4 December 1995 in Orpington, Kent. In addition to her many racing accolades, Dina has worked for Valentino, Off-White, and Louis Vuitton as a model. She even had a Barbi doll created in her likeness in 2019. You know you’ve arrived when Barbie imitates you.
Sam Briggs started competing in Crossfit in 2010 and reached 4th place in 2011 for a banner start to her career. She had to take 2012 off due to a knee injury. But she didn’t let that setback interrupt her new passion. After leaving her career as a firefighter in 2013, she claimed the title of Fittest Woman on Earth.
Sam earned #1 worldwide for the Individual Woman division in 2013 and 2014 and was placed first in the Individual Woman division for 2017-2019. Briggs also has a gold medal from the 2018 Dubai CrossFit Championships.
Follow In Their Mighty Footsteps
These phenomenal British women are an inspiration for their persistence, stamina, and sheer willpower. Another important aspect to their shared success is their continous training and work ethic. To reach goals, you need to commit your time and efforts into training and tracking your progress to find success.
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