Women’s sport vs The media – Newspaper roundup


It’s been a busy old weekend for women’s sport of all shapes and sizes.  There’s been a european cup final, a european golf Masters, international athletic competitions, world swimming championships and probably much more we haven’t even realised is going on, so lets see what the titans of Sunday print journalism have to say about it all.  (For the results of anything with ‘european’ in its description see the bottom of the post.)   To prevent mass repetition let me say that all 5 publications I have before me mention some woman called Jess Ennis-Hill, her performance at the Anniversary Games yesterday and her decision not to make her decision about the world championships until much later on this week.  As much as we’d love her to compete, watching her yesterday it’s looking less and less likely.  Now, on with the show…

The Sunday Times

The ST sports section opens with full coverage of day 2 of the Anniversary Games with mention of JEnnis, but also Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s win in the long jump and Christine Ohuruogu’s amazing form at the moment – her win yesterday in 50 seconds was one of the best performances of her medal laden career and puts her in a very good position for the World Championships starting on 10th August.  There’s nods to many of the other young Team GB stars performances yesterday and a slightly odd photo comparison between Denis Lewis and Grace Jones in A View to a Kill.  Seriously.

In other news there’s a small preview on the now played out Women’s Euro football final and a short feature on the Handa Ladies European Masters and british golfing’s brightest prospect Charley Hull,

The Independent on Sunday

I feel the Indy is throwing down the gauntlet and I’m quite excited to see where they go with this as, on the front cover of the whole paper is a photo of a slightly stressed JEnnis-Hill with the bold statement ‘ Let’s level the playing field – Our pledge to promote Britain’s sportswomen.’  Unfortunately I haven’t actually read the article yet to see quite to what level they have flung that gauntlet down at but when I do you’ll be the first to know.  Anyhoo, the sports section opens with all the action from yesterday, pretty much focusing on Jess from the female athlete’s side, but with a good photo of shot-put legend Valerie Adams in there too.  (If you want a full list of results by the way have a look here)

Further on in the sports section and there’s a fantastic interview with Debbie Jevans and Sally Bolton, the women in charge of rugby’s two world cups, on how they find working in sport, not having token women in roles, the effects of London 2012 on all up and coming sporting events and John Inverdale.  There’s also a NIB on Sophie Kamlish breaking her own PB to win bronze in the T44 200m at the last day of the Paralympic World Championships in Lyon, news of Heather Watson splitting from her coach and a review of a very interesting  BBC 3 documentary following Rachel Bruno, daughter of boxing legend frank Bruno, on her mission to understand her dad’s life living with bipolar disorder.

The Mail on Sunday

There’s the round up on the athletics yesterday and even a photo of Johnson-Thompson as well as Jess and…and…I think that’s your lot.  Oh hang on, there’s the top of a woman’s head in the photo of one of the horse and riders who won a race yesterday….

The Observer

There’s JEnnis-Hill and her story, a good quote from KJT, a fantastic article on superhuman multitasker and parathlete Sophia Warner and news on Tatyana McFadden destroying her field to bring home no less than six gold medals from the IPC World Champs in Lyon this week.

Oh and on a completely different note Bale is apparently distraught (the journalist’s words, not mine) that Spurs aren’t letting him move to Real Madrid. Oh Bale, how my heart bleeds for you and your heart hands and the tens of thousands of pounds you bring in every week for kicking a ball about, how unhappy you must be with your lot.  It’s just not fair is it?

The Sunday Telegraph

The STel do love a bit of JEnnis-Hell and although they choose Mo for the front cover they go for not one, bt two photos of Jess on the first double page.  There is also mention of Christine O however also and a photo of Laura Trott, but I think that’s an advert for something.  Either that or the editors got very confused as to the disciplines in athletics. Further in and there’s an interesting article on Wheelchair racing superstar Hannah Cockcroft who is beginning to find motivation hard without any close rivals after her 100m and 200m world title wins this week by huge distances. There’s also a preview of the 15th Swimming World Championships that kicked off today with a focus on captain Jazz Carlin’s return to form after nearly quitting the sport, (frustratingly she came in 4th in her 400m freestyle this afternoon) and a small feature on Karrie Webb throwing in her own two cent about private men only clubs, such as Muirfield, holding public events, such as the Open.


*and the results are:

European Cup Final:

Germany 1 – Norway 0

Handa Ladies European Masters

1.Karrie WEBB
2 Ashleigh SIMON
3 Caroline MASSON

Although maybe just visit the website as I have noooo idea how to score golf!


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