35 female sports stars join Unlocked to promote more diversity in sport

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Photo credit: British Athletics - Handout - Getty Images
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Middle-distance runner Laura Weightman is one 35 female athletes to join charity programme Unlocked in a bid to increase diversity in sport.

The list of female stars to sign up also includes two-time Commonwealth bronze medallist Bianca Williams, England netballer Pamela Cookey and Paralympic medallist Kare Adenegan.

They join a community of 76 athletes who been part of Unlocked since its inception in 2020. The programme was set up by the Women’s Sport Trust with the aim of driving positive change within sport.

As part of the Unlocked grou, the athletes share experiences and work with industry experts to help tackle issues relating to women in sport.

The athletes are also provided with their own ‘activator’. The activators are leaders in their field who will share their connections and experience to help the sportswomen tackle the issues and areas they feel passionate about.

‘As we reach the Women's Sport Trust's 10-year anniversary, we can reflect on how far women's sport has come," said Tammy Parlour, chief executive and co-founder of the Women's Sport Trust.

‘We want to change the face of all sport and, by empowering the athletes on Unlocked, we hope that they feel able to make the changes they want within women's sport.’

For the first time, sports such as baseball, kitefoil racing and weightlifting will be represented in the Unlocked programme.

Unlocked group: Abigail Irozuru (long jump), Amelia Strickler (shot put), Bianca Williams (athletics), Brooke Chaplen (football), Cerian Harries (swimming), Charlie Guest (alpine skiing), Charlotte Henshaw (para-canoeing), Erin Kennedy (rowing), Fi Morris (rugby union), Flo Williams (netball), Gemma Collis (wheelchair fencing), Hannah Miley (swimming), Hannah Russell (para-swimming), Holly Hunt (hockey), Imani-Lara Lansiquot (athletics), Jemima Crathorne (kitefoil racing), Kare Adenegan (wheelchair racing), Kate Longhurst (football), Katie Levick (cricket), Kelly Wright (baseball), Kelsey Gentles (rugby league), Kennedy Leonard (basketball), Laura Siddall (triathlon), Laura Sugar (para-canoeing), Laura Weightman (athletics), Mercy Brown (weightlifting), Milly Tanner (cycling), Mimi-Isabella Cesar (gymnastics), Pamela Cookey (netball), Pippa Woolven (athletics), Simi Pam (rugby union), Tabby Stoecker (skeleton), Vyan Sampson (football), Zainab Alema (rugby union)

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