We’re celebrating Women and Girls in Sport Week, 24th – 30th October, and have a range of activities and information to shine a spotlight on women and girls participation in cycling.
- Female Event Workforce Webinar, Monday 26th October, 7-8pm
- #SCTalks – Women and Girls Participation, Wednesday 28th October, 7.30-8.30pm
- Cycling and Periods: Let’s Talk About It, Friday 30th October, 7-7.45pm
Female Event Workforce Webinar
As part of Women & Girls in Sport week, the Events team will be hosting a webinar discussion session on the Female Event Workforce on Monday 26th October 2020 from 7pm-8pm.
The volunteer event workforce is a crucial part of the event delivery team, with roles ranging from Officials, to event organiser, to event set up, marshalling and administration. In Scotland we have some fantastic examples of women taking the lead and excelling in these roles to deliver world-class events.
The session will include expert guests who will share their experiences as a women in the event workforce, and will encourage targeted discussion on how we can grow the numbers of women involved in event delivery.
This will be an engaging and interactive session, bringing together all levels of event and volunteers to grow and inspire more women to take part. Anyone with an interest in events, is invited to attend, regardless of gender or current event delivery.
#SCTalks – Women and Girls Participation
We will be chatting about women and girls’ participation in cycling at the next #SCTalks event on Wednesday 28th October, 7.30-8.30pm.
Across many sports the participation of women and girls is much lower than males. Whilst the number of females involved in cycling is growing, cycling clubs in Scotland at present have approximately four males to every female member, highlighting that there is still much to be done to achieve gender parity within the sport.
Some of the questions the panel will consider are:
- Why are there fewer women and girls involved in cycling?
- What initiatives are addressing this and how do they help?
- What else needs to happen to increase participation amongst women and girls?
The discussion will be chaired by Scottish Cycling board member Fiona Cockburn, and the panel is comprised of:
- Sarah Rowe, former athlete and coach
- Helen Gorman, current rider and coach
- Isobel Harris, member of the Scottish Cycling Young People’s Panel
- Leanne Whitehead, member of the Scottish Cycling Women’s Development Group
The panel discussion will be held on Zoom which will allow members of the Scottish Cycling community to tune in and submit questions to the panel members as the discussion unfolds.
Everyone with an interest in growing the participation of women and girls in cycling is encouraged to attend. We will record the session, so if you cannot make it, you will be able to watch it later.
Cycling and Periods: Let's Talk About It
One thing that affects women and girls, and which is not often talked openly about, is menstruation and the effects this can have on training, competing and riding your bike.
Dr Judith Lane (PhD, MSc, BSc) is a Senior lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division at Queen Margaret University. She will present information on Menstruation and Performance, before a panel of women with different experiences in cycling and sport will discuss this issue:
- Lauren Bell, British Cycling Senior academy sprint cyclist
- Diane Clayton Chisholm, cyclist, coach, club president, Scottish Cycling board member
More panellists to be confirmed in due course.
We want to get this conversation started and begin to identify what is helpful in supporting women and girls deal with the effects of monthly periods and hormones whilst participating in their chosen sport, which in our case is cycling.
Join us on Active Girls Day, Friday 30th October, 7-7.45pm, to find out more about having your period, hormones and participating in sport.