With just four weeks to go until the start of Gold Coast 2018, and to mark International Women's Day, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have announced that the XXI edition of the Commonwealth Games will be the most gender equal in major multi-sport event history. In addition to the recruitment of technical officials, equality of medal opportunities and promotion of coaching opportunities, the CGF Gender Equality Strategy supports and influences the participation and representation of women and girls across broadcast and media, marketing initiatives, volunteering and governance at the 2018 Games and beyond.
Paralympic and World champions Sophie Hahn and Kadeena Cox are among 18 para athletes announced for Team England's athletics squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Both starred at this summer's World Para Athletics Championships in London; Hahn winning double gold in the T38 100m and 200m, while Cox sealed the T38 400m title along with winning two further medals. They will be competing at their first Commonwealth Games in the T38 100m.
Mind, the mental health charity is teaming up with R.E.D January to encourage people to Run Every Day throughout January to support their own mental wellbeing, while raising awareness and support for mental health. How far or fast people run, or walk is completely up to them, but by getting active for 31 consecutive days in January they can not only kick-start their own year, but also make a positive difference to the lives of others.
UK Athletics will be hosting a unique exhibition in October in celebration of Black History Month. Led by former athlete and now UK Athletics' Vice President Donna Fraser, the black and white photographic exhibition recognises the contribution of past and present Black and Asian athletics coaches, and focuses on the long-term goal of continuing to inspire the next generation to get into athletics for years to come.
An athletics club volunteer, a seated thrower, and a coach have all been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The BEM (British Empire Medal) was awarded to Ros Cramp for services to Disability Sport and to Ron Allison for services to Athletics. Paralympian Claire Harvey receives an MBE for services to Diversity, Inclusion and Sport. In addition, Sport England's CEO Jennie Price was recognised for her work.
Ashford Leisure Trust has been nationally recognised for its work with disabled people by winning the 2017 SPORTA award for Championing Diversity. SPORTA runs a yearly awards ceremony to promote the unique and distinctive nature of leisure and culture trusts and the important contribution they make to the improvement in health and wellbeing in local communities around the UK.
The Hawkinge Hurricanes, a road running club and Run Together Group in Kent have recently been awarded Clubmark status. They have only been established 13 months and already boast 84 members ranging from novice to elite, one coach, five qualified run leaders, a welfare officer and a mental health ambassador.
Sir Mo Farah and Kadeena Cox were the big winners at this year's Lycamobile BEDSAs, staged at the Hilton Park Lane, London recently and part-sponsored by England Athletics. They were named Lycamobile Sportsman and Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year at a glittering awards show hosted by Sir Lenny Henry.
Bexley Mencap's innovative RunTogether keep fit scheme for people with learning disabilities has been selected by Tesco as one of their 3 good causes for Superstores in Bexley during Feb 2017.
#runandtalk took Leicestershire Northamptonshire by storm last week with over 10 #runandtalk events taking place across the counties. Whether you prefer to walk and whinge, jog and joke or run and rant - there were groups bringing people together, getting people talking and catering for all levels.