Celebrating International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and listen to women in our community and mark their achievements.  

Sarah Benson, Head of Talent Development at England Athletics, was recently joined by a panel of incredible women from the athletics community to discuss what the day means to them, their achievements and role models, as well as some of the challenges they face being female.

Let’s meet the panellists!

  • Sarah was joined by Laura Turner-Alleyne, former England and Great Britain sprinter, Pathway Lead for Speed and coach to the hugely talented England and Great Britain combined events athlete, Holly Mills.
  • Joining Laura was Paula Dunn, multi-European and Commonwealth Games sprint medallist and Team Leader for many British and England teams over a long and successful coaching career.
  • The final guest on the panel was Lizzie Bird, current British Record holder and European and Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase medallist.

What did they discuss with Sarah?

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How did you get involved in athletics?

What are your proudest moments of your career so far?

Why do you think representation matters in terms of women in leadership roles?

Who are your role models, inside or outside of the sport?

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

How do you think we can break down the barriers for women into the elite coaching world?