Meet our Girls
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) have secured a number of local female champions for the This Girl Can campaign! Find out more about them below.
Natasha Mina started kickboxing aged 8 and started competing at age 12. Due to other commitments her participation became irregular around school age. She came through the local WISPA project (women in sport and physical activity) which re-motivated her to get back into sport and physical activity. She is now fully engaged by participating herself and coaching kickboxing.Natasha said:
"The 'This Girl Can' campaign is uplifting and the advert is exhilarating and motivating for me and every female that I have discussed it with.
It is an excellent and powerful concept that I have full belief in. I suspect a surge of women just like our 'real ladies' to come forward in confidence ready to participate in a world of activity.
I myself feel empowered when I think to myself, 'this girl can hold pads', 'this girl can hit hard', 'this girl can kick high', 'this girl can fight'".
Paige is a T34 U23 wheelchair athlete, who was introduced to racing a number of years ago. She found great love and enthusiasm for racing and her dream is to one day be representing Great Britain. Prior to racing Paige worked proactively both as a sports leader and ambassador within several organisations.
Paige hopes to encourage others to achieve their very best. That dreams can become a reality with hard work and commitment, taking little steps to accomplish those long term aims.
"I am delighted to be a champion for THIS GIRL CAN it is a real privilege, to be involved in such a brilliant and encouraging initiative. It is fantastic to be able to support woman and girls to embrace sport and physical activity. Sport creates huge IMPACT, every girl CAN and deserves to experience the positive benefits that sport has to offer."
Jennifer has autism and a language disorder which can make socialising very difficult; but she certainly doesn't let this hold her back in any way. Hockey has helped her gain lifelong friends who understand who she is and see her potential.
Jennifer plays for Leicester Ladies Hockey Club, umpires when she can, and coaches for Rutland Hockey School every week and sometimes for Leicester Ladies when needed. Jennifer is a Maths Tutor at Market Bosworth School and is Assistant Coach for Under 13 Girls at a Junior Academy Centre.
Jennifer said said:
"There are challenges being an autistic adult and my social skills are still developing but given my past and present I feel that I have something unique to offer as a This Girl Can Champion.
I very much enjoy volunteering so I decided to sign up to see if I could be a Games Maker for London 2012, which I did as a Transport Team Member at the Riverbank Arena with the hockey.
This gave me some new friends and a new insight to life and a great experience.
Currently at Leicester Hockey club I am the 4th Team Captain and I feel appreciated for the first time in my life and as though I do have something to be proud of. Sport has created me."
Maryam has always encouraged her daughter to enjoy some fun and fresh air, and started riding her bike regularly five years ago. This led to Maryam becoming a Cycling Instructor, Breeze Champion and Ride Leader for British Cycling. Maryam is the membership secretary for a Breeze-inspired, women's cycling club in the East Midlands – Leicester Women's Velo.
She hopes that her own story will inspire many more women to take up cycling, whether it be for sport or commuting. One of Maryam's passions is to challenge the belief still held by many that cycling is not an appropriate hobby or mode of transport for women. Maryam is very passionate about voicing the need for provision for women, especially in the Asian community, and offer as much support as she can to every single woman she comes across who is hoping to get involved in the sport.
"You don't need any fancy equipment; all you need is two wheels and away you go!"
Tue, 09 May 2017 13:26 by Paige Murray
A new race season has officially begun. I can't quite believe how fast it's come around again. My 4th season... Wow! Time flies. I love being out on the track and its greatly appreciated having brilliant people on board my adventure believing in me. YES ME.... Read More »
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:51 by Paige Murray
March arrived, beginning with more PB's in the gym, always helps to focus knowing and seeing the achievements of one's self. Supporting further progression and raising ambition. It was fabulous to attend the Six Nations Dinner for Matt Hampson Foundation,... Read More »
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:40 by Paige Murray
Two months into 2017 already, time continues to fly. Every year brings new challenges and achievements. What a brilliant start. My first challenge, continuing my ability to manage my time effectively. Three months in my new job and managing the balance of... Read More »
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:46 by Paige Murray
My adventure continues, my BEST season to date! After welcoming that eagerly awaited racing chair at the end of last year. I got to race with Sweep for the first time this season, what fun it's been. Sweep has transformed and maximised my athletics abilities,... Read More »
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:38 by Paige Murray
Life has been all go in the previous months and the coming weeks are set to be the same. Since my last blog all too long ago another race weekend came in the form of Coventry Godiva Classic. Racing on that track a track that has become my home was fantastic!... Read More »
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:57 by Paige Murray
I still have to pinch myself! It is just an incredible feeling to be on that start line representing my country that is Great Britain. I feel extremely humble and fortunate to have had the opportunity to fulfil a dream, something that I will continue to remind... Read More »