March 8th marks International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. For many years, women have taken a back seat in important affairs.
Women have been spectators at the sidelines, watching and observing.
Men learn, decide, and control. But times are changing and more women are taking charge and creating waves. Today, BoneTalker wants to commend certain women who are changing the sports industry, one game at a time.
Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack incident at age 13. Despite that, she continued chasing her aspiration of being a surfer. She used a custom-made board to help her adjust to her physique in training. She rose through the odds and taught herself to use the standard competitive performance shortboards to participate in major competitions. Hamilton now enters major international surfing league and won the 3rd place in the 2016 Fiji Women’s Pro competition.
In 2011, she started the Friends of Bethany Hamilton which supports shark attack survivor and amputees.
Read her story here.
Polio survivor and athlete Minda Dentler recently completed the Ironman World Championship. She was the first female wheelchair athlete to do so.
Born in Bombay India, her birth mother left her at an orphanage due to her condition. She undergoes multiple surgeries and faced a lot of difficulties to fit in due to her odd physique. In 2012, she competed in her first Ironman World Championship but failed to complete the triathlon due to the extreme heat in Hawaii and insurmountable terrain. Determined, she joined the triathlon in the following year and finally achieved her dream.
Read Minda’s story here.
These women and many others prove to younger girls out there that nothing is ever impossible with perseverance and grit.
BoneTalker advocates #BalanceforBetter. Share your stories about the women who inspire you. Happy International Women’s Day!