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International Day Of The Girl | 8 Quotes From Amazing Sportswomen To Inspire The Next Generation

“My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster he could too”

Today is the International Day Of The Girl Child, a day that was launched five years ago to “to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.”

With 1.1 billion girls in the world, the UN strives to help those girls that face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis and wants to highlight the struggle facing those living through crises.

This year’s is ‘EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict’. Girls in conflict zones are 90% more likely to be out of school, compared to girls in conflict-free countries, which compromises their future and potential. In a humanitarian crisis, it’s the rights of girls and women that are first be abused. The day isn’t just about raising awareness it is also about collecting data about girls who have slipped through the cracks, so we can have a better idea about how they live and what they need.

Use the hashtag #DayOfTheGirl to unite yourself with others engaging in the conversation or visit DayOfTheGirl.org.

To encourage the empowerment of girls all over the planet and bring attention to this day, we’ve put together list of some of our favourite powerful athletes, who have changed sport for women and inspire to keep pushing everyday.

Serena Williams

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”

Stephanie Gilmore

Fear – It’s a fine line between that and pushing yourself. You definitely reach new heights when you push. But fear is good. Fear keeps us alive. If we didn’t have it, we’d be doing crazy things and getting in sticky situations.

Aimee Fuller

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, what you look like or what shape or size you are. It’s about getting out there and giving it a go.”

Ronda Rousey

“Some people like to call me cocky or arrogant, but I just think, ‘How dare you assume I should think less of myself.’ The problem isn’t me thinking I can achieve any goal I set for myself, the problem is you projecting your own self-doubt onto me.”

Mia Hamm

“My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster he could too”

Jenn Shelton

“I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles you’d be in this Zen state. You’d be the Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world.”

Gail Devers

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

Billie Jean King

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” 

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