A survey conducted by BT Sport has delivered stark confirmation that body image issues are a worrying problem within women’s sport.
Of the athletes that responded, 80% stated that they felt pressure to conform to a certain look and body type.
Further to that, 89% said that they empathised with the feelings of insecurity expressed by the former swimmer and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington in her emotional outburst on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’ late last year.
An overwhelming number felt these issues were not just confined to sport, with 97% saying the problem stretched to women in wider society."
Its not that often that DH Mountain biking gets attention from the mainstream media… you know… let alone on prime time BBC radio… you know. But it happened just yesterday.
World Champion Rachel Atherton has ‘the most world cup wins of any mountain biker in the UK‘ and was featured on BBC 2s drive time show yesterday afternoon (from 1:44:44). She talks about her successes, the Olympics and not knowing how many world cups she’s actually won.
Well done Rach!"
Interview with the Atherton’s coach, Alan Milway