This International Women’s Day, 2021, the Nottingham Sport caught up with several of Nottinghamshire’s finest, sporting ladies, to chat about this years’ theme #ChooseToChallenge.
Here, Team GB and England international, Commonwealth Games silver medallist, and captain/guard of the Nottingham Wildcats Basketball club, Siobhan Prior, gives her thoughts, on women, and the challenges, inequalities, that’s faced within the sporting world.
“There needs to be a concentration on the language that is used,” began Siobhan.
“The things which people say and so, subconsciously, that has been around for years, and become commonplace.
“Phrases like ‘that kid has balls,’ and stop being a pussy,’ all those differing, genatalia-type connotations, it’s those which put men in a more superior to a woman’s inferior setting.
“Like everything though, you have to be seen to challenge the norm, but it’s something that’s achieved over time.
“The really obvious things, of course you’ve got to call them out, but you also have to be careful about how you address them as well.”
With a passion for equality, and social justice, within sporting environs, Siobhan, who claimed a Commonwealth games medal in 2018, is involved herself in a programme created to inspire young Muslim girls to play basketball, stating that: “I am passionate about young people and believe sport to be one of the best mediums for growth and learning – about yourself, others, your community, and the world.
“Because of this belief I actively seek opportunities to work with young people through basketball.”
It is because of that stance, that ongoing belief, that Siobhan will always put herself forward as an advocate, a voice of reason.
“I’d be happy to speak with people at the top table, as to how we can go about, and continue making, the relevant changes,” states Siobhan.
“I do feel that we need to celebrate women’s sports more than we do, and the more we do this, the more it’ll become part of normal life.
“Outlets like that in which the media has, have a huge role to play in women’s sport, even if it’s difficult at times.
“It’s a cultural change and this past year, during the lockdowns, have been the perfect time in which to do it.
“All-in-all though, things are moving forward, it’s positive, and women’s teams are proving to be just as dominant, just as successful, as others are.”
Keep up-to-date with Siobhan, and the Nottingham Wildcats, via their respective websites www.siobhanprior.com and www.nottinghambasketball.com; as well as through Facebook, and Twitter @SiobhanPrior_4 and @NottmWildcats.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @SiobhanPrior_4 Siobhan with her Commonwealth medal representing Team GB.