1. Wimbledon Ladies Champion, Ashleigh Barty
A decade after winning the girls singles title at 15 years old, Ashleigh Barty won the women’s singles at Wimbledon – making her the first Australian Woman in 41 years to win the women’s single event since Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s maiden win (Barty’s idol). Barty won the first 14 points to take early charge in a 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 win against Czech’s Karolina Pliskova. After climbing the stands of Centre Court to see her teammates, Barty spoke of her sleepless nights thinking about the what-ifs. “I have to thank every single person in this stadium. You’ve made my dream so special…It took me a long time to verbalise, to dare to dream it and say it.”
2. Para-Lifter, Achelle Guion
Achelle Guion has qualified for Tokyo in the 45kg Para-lifting event. It was announced that the veteren lifter will be competing for the Philippines after the international federation World Para Powerlifting approved her bipartite invitation. Although the primary method of allocating qualification slots is through rankings and performance invitational qualification slots are allocated based on the following principles:
- To ensure the participation of top athletes who may not have had the opportunity to formally qualify through other methods due to extraordinary circumstances;
- To ensure the representation of athletes with high support needs;
- To ensure medal events will have sufficient representation for viability;
- To optimise competition formats in certain medal events; and
- To enable greater representation by gender.
This will be her second paralympics after previously competing at London. Guion competed in the Women’s -44kg event where she placed sixth among eight competitors by lifting 70 kilograms.
3. Allyson Felix's Fund for Professional Mum Athletes
After receiving a significant pay-cut from her then sponsor in 2019 after giving birth to her daughter, Allyson Felix, American track and field sprinter, set up a fund to help professional Mum athletes. Felix has teamed up with her sponsors, Gaps’s athena and Women’s Sport Foundation to give out $200,000 in grants to professional mom-athletes traveling to competitions. The grant has announced nine of their first recipients, six of whom are going to Tokyo!
4. Nova Peris Statue Unveiled
This week a Bronze statue of former Olympian Nova Peris (currently aged 50) was unveiled at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Peris was the first Indigenous athlete to win Olympic gold & represented Australia at the Olympic Games in both Hockey (1996) and Athletics (2000). The unveiling of the statue capped off a landmark week for indigenous Australian sportswomen.
5. Casey Stoney to San Diego
Casey Stoney has been appointed the Head Coach of the new Women’s club in San Diego. The Ex-England captain joins after she resigned from her three year long role at Manchester United last season. She will be the teams first ever head coach as they head into the NWSL next year. Stoney wants to set a new precedent and showcase how strong women can be: “I have 2 daughters and I want to show them that women can be strong role models. There’s a lot of strong women in our team and I can’t wait to showcase that.” Keep up to date with San Diego and Stoney over at San Diego NWSL. We wish Casey luck in the NWSL and are sure her partnership with Jill Ellis will be a hugely successful one.