Monday, October 26, 2020

Women in Sport Week: Gemma McArthur

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 24th to 30th October and each day we will be sharing a news story celebrating Scottish Swimming’s Women in Sport. Today we meet Edinburgh Diving Club's Gemma McArthur.

Who was your female role model growing up and why?

As a younger diver I looked up to Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, who both used to compete on the 10m platform. That inspired me to compete and I compete on the same event today!

Why is it important to look up to a role model?

It's important to look up other women to set yourself goals and aspirations. Sport is all about goal-setting and studying another successful individual is an important part of that.

How accessible is your sport for women, and what barriers are there that we need to look to overcome?

I think diving is a very accessible sport for women as it is mainly a gymnastic based sport. However, there are barriers such a body image, time constraints and lack of facilities which are worth highlighting.

Female diving is generally behind male diving in terms of difficulty but it is important for people to keep pushing the sport to its fullest potential and progress through these barriers. 

What is your greatest achievement?

My biggest achievements so far is becoming British National Cup Champion and a Commonwealth Games finalist.

What would you say to your younger self as a young women beginning in sport?

I would tell my younger self not to compare yourself to others, it's all about getting the most out of yourself and enjoying it along the way.

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