Friday, October 07, 2016

#WSW16 Celebrating Women in Sport – Grace Reid

Launched in June 2015, Women’s Sport Week featured original and curated content across local and national media, supported by Government and the wider sport industry, as the nation looked ahead to an exciting summer for women’s sport.

Women’s Sport Week was designed and launched to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK. Focusing on media coverage, elite competition, grassroots participation and workforce, the week featured original and shared content across local and national media, supported by Government and the wider sport industry, as the nation looked ahead to an exciting summer for women’s sport.

This year Women’s Sport Week runs from 3rd to 9th October and each day we will be sharing a news story celebrating Scottish Swimming’s Women in Sport. Today we meet diver Grace Reid who earlier this year made her Olympic debut in Rio.

How did you get involved in diving?

When I was 5 years old I had just finished my swimming lesson at the Royal Commonwealth Pool when I saw someone doing a handstand on the 10m board. I looked at my mu and said "I want to try that". A few weeks later I started diving lessons and never looked back. 

What is your greatest achievement in diving and what has made you most proud?

Representing my country at the Olympic Games and finishing 8th in the world. 

How important are female sporting role models in encouraging girls to participate in swimming?

Having people to look up to is so important in sport and anything you do. It is amazing to see role models that you can relate to. 

What stops girls participating in diving – Is there anything we can do to overcome these barriers?

Hard training can be off putting. Girls don't always like to be sweaty or in the water where their hair and skin takes a bit of a beating. The more girls we see taking part in sport and not being phased by the less glamorous bit of sport the more people will want to join in.

What transferable skills can girls gain from diving, and what are the wider benefits of these?

Learning how to deal with adversity is the best skill. Sport teaches you how to get up from low moments and difficult times. This skill is crucial in anything you do. Additionally time management is something you can apply to every walk of your life and balancing diving and the other aspects of your life makes you more driven, resilient and dedicated. 

Who is your female sporting hero and why?

Jessica Ennis-Hill. She has the most amazing attitude towards sport and everything she does. Her passion and love for the sport make me want to take up athletics! She has coped with unbelievable setbacks and always manages to come out stronger. 

What are your ambitions for the future?

Long term I am aiming to medal at the Olympic Games. I hope to carry on loving my sport and representing my country and sport at the highest level. 

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