So far, I think 2016 has been more than a bit crummy. But rather than wallow and consume my body weight in Easter chocolate (it was one time ok?) I thought I’d highlight some amazing people that have grabbed my attention in the last couple of weeks for all of the right reasons. Here they are in no particular order. Bugger off negativity – you’re not welcome here.
When Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore decided to open his trap and tell the world that “if I were a lady player, I would go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were born. They have carried the sport”, he rightfully incurred the wrath of Serena Williams, one of my favourite ever sportswomen. When asked her thoughts on the dinosaur’s comments she replied “those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate… Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.”
Whenever Serena has the audacity to speak up on things like this, there will always be some “clever” type who calls her a man (threatened by a strong woman much?) or who makes vile comments around what she could be doing on her knees (ditto) but somehow I doubt they’d have the guts to say any of this to her face. Although I’d like to see them try. I called out Eurosport on these comments on one of their articles and some have since been removed, although whether this was down to my tweet or not I can’t say:
Moore has since quit.
Milla Bizzotto is an incredible girl who recently completed a 24 hour obstacle race designed by Navy Seals. She raced 36 miles, swam eight kilometers and completed 25 obstacles.
And did I mention that she’s only 9 years old?
Milla has said that she got into fitness because she was being bullied at school. In an interview she said “People would call me names and say I wasn’t a good player. I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I did. I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want.”
She says that she wants to inspire a generation – I don’t know about you, but I think she’s going to be inspiring every generation. I know she makes me want to push that little bit harder. Now go climb that rope.
I feel almost silly saying this because everyone knows Eddie and the incredible challenge he’s just completed, and I think everyone sees him as a bit of a hero right now. But in case you’ve been living under a social-media deflecting rock for the last month, Eddie ran 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees. Why 27? Because that was how many years Nelson Mandela spent in prison.
Eddie did all of this in the name of Sport Relief, and so far he’s raised a staggering £2,219,412. And if you think he’s incredibly awesome, you can still sponsor him.
You probably know that I’m a big fan of strong girls. I love watching videos of Ninja Warrior women like Katie McDonnell and Jessie Graff. So when I saw the video of adaptive CrossFitter Lindsay Hilton doing the rounds, I was instantly hooked on seeing more. Chucking out weighted lunges, burpees and pull ups, Lindsay gives serious workout goals (and glute goals for that matter).
She also plays and coaches rugby and won a burpee competition where she managed 34 in 60 seconds(!). The thing I like most about Lindsay is that it’s clear from her instagram that she’s a woman after my own heart – up for giving everything a go, and a fan of a pain au chocolat.
Right now, there is a woman running 5000 miles around the coast of the UK. Yep, you read that right. Over 10 months, Elise plans to run around our “little” island with her belongings on her back, all in the name of charidee. In this case it’s for Young Minds and Beyond Food. Ultimately, Elise is running in the name of happiness. Is that not a beautiful concept? Running is her happy. She’s just doing it to the extreme.
Credit – Elise Downing, Twitter
Elise is currently in Wales. You can follow her on Twitter for terrifying sock updates and sponsor her here.
Also, she loves cake. This doesn’t guarantee that I’ll think you’re awesome, but I’ll be honest – it helps.
5 thoughts on “New Month, New Inspiration – My April Heroes”
Another great blog 🙂 Inspiring inspiration to everyone 🙂
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Great stuff, and I had to give Elise some money coz that really is an epic venture, and on subjects close to my heart. At the risk of getting booed from the back, the only one that makes me wonder a wee bit is the young girl, and that’s coming from a Dad who has a daughter. I am involved in a mental health charity, and one of my big things is how important keeping fit is for one’s mental health. I do it for my own as well. But on the flip side of that coin is the problem that younger teens suffer in relation to body image, and the crazy pressure society puts on them to conform to certain (usually unrealistic) stereotypes. It sounds churlish to bring it up really, as that young girl sounds like an inspiration, but there’s always a danger that her achievements may somehow have the opposite effect on some of her peers than was intended. Anyway, shoot me now, as they say… I was really keen not spoil a great post, and throw a dead fly into the ointment. I’d love to hear what others think.
I think there will always be people who excel in things like sport and that’s what Milla is doing. But her reasons for doing it are solid – she got bullied for not being good enough and so set out to get stronger and fitter and found that not only is she good at it, but she clearly loves it. The message she’s spreading is to give things a go – you may not manage what she does, but you may find that you exceed your expectations and find something you love. And at least you can say you tried. Plus you should never not do something because others might resent your achievements.
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True indeed. I think part of the issue with so many of these stories is how they get reported and portrayed in the media. Thanks for the reply
Oh man absolutely. The media can really twist things in the ugliest ways.
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