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Women’s Sport Week: Inspirational Sportswomen

This week is Women’s Sport Week, an initiative dedicated to celebrating and raising the profile of women in sport, as well increasing the number of those taking part. In honour of Women’s Sport Week, Playfinder have put together a list of inspirational sportswomen to encourage the women of London to get out there and get stuck into some sport.

Laura Trott – Cycling


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Adding another two gold medals in Rio to her tally from London 2012, Laura Trott became the first woman to win 4 gold medals for Team GB in Olympic history. And she’s not too far behind her male counterparts, with at least one more Olympic games in her sights. With every member of the Team GB cycling team coming away from Rio with a medal, they’ve certainly done their part to inspire Brits to get those helmets on and hit the local velodrome. If you’re interested in getting involved in cycling, check out our venues.

The Team GB women’s hockey team

Kate Richardson Walsh

The buzz around the women’s hockey team at this year’s Olympics was incredible, with the team earning a heroic win on penalties against the current world number ones. It’s hard not to be inspired by their dramatic win, gaining a historic first British gold medal in the sport. Such was the significance of their triumph, Kate Richardson-Walsh, the team’s captain, was awarded the honour of being the Team GB flag bearer at the Olympic closing ceremony. If you want to get involved in hockey, check out the venues on our website.

The Lionesses – Football

England women's football team
England women’s football team

After finishing in an unprecedented third place at the 2015 World Cup, the England women’s national football team, led by captain Steph Houghton, inspired women and girls up and down the country to polish off their football boots. With a better result than the men’s team have managed in decades, the Lionesses’ success has vastly raised the profile of women’s football in the UK. Ahead of England’s Euro campaign next summer, why not get your kit on and find a pitch near you?

Serena Williams – Tennis

Serena Williams
Edwin Martinez

Last on our list of inspirational sportswomen, but by no means least, is none other than Serena Williams. Serena has long been a legend of the tennis world, and she seems to get better with age. Now equaling Steffi Graf with a joint record total of 22 Grand Slams, Serena looks set to become the outright Grand Slam record holder before her career is up. Is there anything this woman can’t do? If you’re looking for a game near you, take a look at our tennis venues.


If these inspirational sportswomen have motivated you to take up a new sport in honour of Women’s Sport Week, Playfinder have got you covered. We’ve got 1000+ venues offering a diverse range of facilities waiting to be booked for all your sporting needs.

Check out the Women in Sport website for more details of events they’re running this week. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #WSW2016 if you take part in any sport this week to let everyone know what you’ve been up to.