Glasgow, as we always knew it would, put on a marvelous Games.

The Home Nations all competed well and sporting fever gripped us all again. It even gripped me and I was competing in them!

As a female athlete I will always remember London 2012 as the Games where women were catapulted into the limelight. It came at a time when feminism was the hot topic in magazines, on TV shows and books were being dedicated to equality for women.

There was an appetite for women's sport, the public wanted to watch, women and girls demanded role models to aspire to, companies and broadcasters wanted to capitalise on this growing market.

People that know me will say I am doer. I’m truly thrilled that the England hockey team won silver in Glasgow although it still hurts that we were so tantalizingly close to gold.

But now my personal ambitions extend beyond the pitch. Certainly it was great that women's sport after the London Games was getting some much-needed attention but what did that mean after the last cheers of the Closing Ceremony died away and everyone moved back to normality?

Across race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference and age, watching human beings giving their all in pursuit of their dreams is captivating.



I wanted to get involved with people who felt inspired to use this wave of enthusiasm for the good of men, women and children up and down the country.

Unfortunately it was back to earth with a bump for the GB hockey squad post-London as we had used up our funding pre-games and were sent out to the scary world of work.

Now I believe everything happens for a reason and so it was that I went to work for Promote PR as a sport and leisure specialist. It was via this magical connection with Promote owner Sue Anstiss that I was introduced to Tammy Parlour and Jo Bostock, two women who were driven in their quest to make a difference.

So many people would have sat around dinner tables and bars around the country talking about how powerful the London Olympics and Paralympics were for female athletes.

These two women had this very conversation and decided to do something about it and so they set up Women's Sport Trust, backed by the support of an array of athletes including Olympic gold medalist Anna Watkins, Kelly Smith, Sophie Christiansen, Jenny Jones, Jonathan Edwards, Katy McClean, Chrissie Wellington and Shelly Rudman - to name just a few.

They decided to make WST a grant giving charity with three key aims; identify and promote a diverse range of role models, increase the percentage and quality of women's sport coverage across all platforms, find ways to shift the funding landscape for women's sport.

And now here we are again post a big multi-sport games talking about female athletes once more. How tremendous to see Nicola Adams strut her stuff in the ring, Lizzie Armistead kick ass in the road race, Libby Clegg, the partially-sighted sprinter, charge to a gold medal with her guide runner, Mikail Huggins (the epitome of equality right there).

From gymnastics to weightlifting and hockey to swimming, women were excelling once again. The thing I love most about a multi-sport games is the sheer variety of role models and ambassadors we get to witness doing what they do best. Across race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference and age, watching human beings giving their all in pursuit of their dreams is captivating.

I am very lucky to have grown up in a sporty family, on a street with sport-mad friends and to have gone to a school with a fantastically enthusiastic PE teacher. I grew as a person through sport. I was bullied a little at primary school and pushed it pretty close to the rails as a teenager and I believe that, along with a good support network, sport sorted me out.

It gave me self-esteem, confidence to speak up, manners, social skills, leadership qualities, discipline and the notion that a healthy mind and body were absolutely normal and what I desired. 

The England Women hockey squad celebrate winning the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

England Women celebrate winning silver at the Commonwealth Games

Having male and female athletes up there on a level sends a very strong message to everyone: If you can see it you can be it. If you watch Louis Smith and it makes you want to take up gym or dancing then go do it. If you watch Goldie Sayers and it makes you want to try javelin then get out there. Regardless of their gender you are watching sport at its very best.

In the end all I want, whether you play sport, watch it, read about it or report on it, is that it carries equal opportunity and equal status. I want to see sport that has variety and enjoyment for all.

Regardless of our many differences we can play, compete, watch, coach, officiate and organise sport. One day, in the not too distant future, I hope we report on female golfers in as much depth as we do Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods. I hope that we find the WNBA draft as intoxicating as the NBA draft. I hope that my generation’s children enjoy sport in all its forms across both genders and no-one bats an eyelid.

I will finish with a quote (and those that know me will acknowledge I love a good quote). This was said by one of history’s most influential women and a campaigner for equality, Eleanor Roosevelt: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Let us dream big for sport because I believe our future lies there.

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