Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Women in Sport Week: Jen Leeming

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 Head Coach of Edinburgh Diving Club, Jen Leeming.

Who was your female role model growing up and why?

Dame Kelly Homes. What a great model for a lot of younger girls.

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

It's important to have a role model as they give you an idea of what is possible with dedication and hard work. They should exude the values that matter most to you 

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

At the grass roots and low level competition, there are no barriers - in fact in Edinburgh, there are more female coaches than male. As you get higher up, the numbers of female in high performance diving drops dramatically. I believe the only barrier for this is lack of role models showing what is possible and how to make it happen.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievements are coaching the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where we won two medals and all four divers made the finals in each of their events.

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

I think I would tell mysefl to ignore the norm, don’t listen to people with old school values.....anything is possible with graft & organisation.

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