Becky takes charity role

Our own Becky Adlington has been named as a patron of charity Women in Sport.

I am so pleased to be able to support the vital work being done by Women in Sport to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK," she said. 

As an athlete, and as a mum, I know first-hand how important it is for young girls in particular to have strong role models in their lives to encourage them to take part in sport. 

"I hope that through speaking out in my role as patron, I will be able to make a positive difference to the way women and girls experience sport, from the field of play to the boardroom.  

"I’m delighted to represent this fantastic charity and looking forward to encouraging as many people as I can to support our work.”

Becky's role as patron will be to support the charity's work to drive positive change from within the sports sector; making sport more accessible for women and girls, encouraging more women to choose sport as a career and to increase the visibility of women's sport, in the media and every day life.

Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport said: “I am thrilled Becky is joining Women in Sport as our first female Patron. Our Patrons play an increasingly important role in strengthening our voice and the voices of women and girls across the UK, in demanding a better deal for women’s sport.  For too long women and girls have been treated as second class citizens within the sport sector.

“Becky is one of the pioneering female athletes who through their determination, hard work and success have raised the profile of women’s sport for the next generation of young girls, whilst inspiring all of us to give sport a go.  Becky’s personal experience as an elite athlete and now mother of a young girl, coupled with our 30 years’ experience and insight, will enable Women in Sport to up our game as we strive to transform sport.”