Women’s sport vs the Media – Newspaper round up


I was told by my fellow Sportisters that when I don’t put up a media review until 9pm it makes it seem like i’ve rummaged in the bins outside the newsagents at the end of the day. I can promise you I haven’t, however there was a Don’t Tell the Bride marathon and one overwhelmed looking groom led to another until I realised it was dark outside. To make it up to you however there is some interesting coverage this week AND if, after reading this round up, you want to go get the papers for yourself you can go raid your local newsagents bins to find the discarded title that you’re after – The Sportist, helping you save money…

The Sunday Mirror

Ah the Sunday Mirror, ever trusty with its one small bit on women’s football, this time a few 100 words of the end of the WSL series and the title decider between Liverpool and Bristol Academy. Away from the football supplement the main paper has a NIB on Heather Watson’s early exit from the China Open after losing to American Varvara Lepchenko in three sets and also a mention of the women’s World Championship cycling road race titled ‘No No.1 for Thin Lizzie’ (I kid you not) after the Olympic silver medalist Armistead came home in a disappointing 19th place. Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos destroyed the field to take the the rainbow jersey for a remarkable third time.

The Mail on Sunday

Not too much going on in the MoS this week so far as actual sport coverage goes although there’s an interview with Judy Murray where she reveals she’s rather die than take charge of the LTA (so that’s probably a no to that job then) and a piece on Charlotte Green becoming the first woman ever to read the classified football results when she took to the airways on Radio 5 Live and the World Service yesterday.  In the writing camps sports journalist Martha Kelner makes a mark by getting the front page story with her report on the Tottenham vs Chelsea match.

The Independent on Sunday

Its been a few months now since the Indie made its commitment to increasing coverage of women’s sport and so far, so good. Today there’s a double page feature on the iconic Doncaster Rover Belles who bowed out of the top flight of the WSL to make way for Manchester City as well as a preview of the battle between Liverpool Ladies and Bristol Academy WFC to see who would top the league for this season. (Want to know who did take the crown?) Aside from football there’s a review of Vos’s amazing third title win at the World Championships and a small piece on the possibility of Kate Hoey, former Labour sports minister, taking over as chair of the Amateur Boxing Association of England, something that could be a huge boost in the current rise of women’s boxing.

The Observer

The Observer has gone out gun’s blazing this Sunday, covering all the above and a little bit more.  There’s the report on Charlotte Green’s debut as the reader of the BBC classified football results, a full preview on the WSL race for the title, an article on Vos’s World Champ win and Armitstead’s nightmare road race and finally an interesting look on the future of gymnastics in Britain and the names ready to show there’s life after Tweddle.

The Sunday Times

It only takes until page 4 for a woman and sport to be mentioned in the same sentence with a short box out on Charlotte Green becoming not only the first woman, but also only the second person ever to read the BBC classified football results.  Cycling takes up a full double spread (not a surprise when the legendary David Walsh is on your payroll) and although most of it is about the boys, there’s a bottom page report given up to Vos and the women too.  There’s also a NIB on the women’s tennis at the China Open, a feature on Ruby Harrold, Team GB’s gymnastics rising star and a photo of a woman in a greek frock lighting the Olympic flame before it makes its journey to Sochi for the winter Olympics ALL ON ONE page.  Over on the adjoining page is an interview with Lady Jane Cecil on why she decided to keep her husband Henry Cecil’s racing yard going after he passed away earlier this summer.

And that’s not all.  As you may have remembered, about this time last year we were beginning to get very excited about the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards, making predictions left, right and centre and discovering we were running around a cold athletics track with the awards were actually being broadcast. Well this year they’re back and most definitely bigger than ever,with Sky Sports coming aboard as a sponsor for 2013, not only guaranteeing the awards more publicity, but meaning that they will also be broadcast on TV for the first time since they began in 1988.  To celebrate the launch the Sunday Times has provided a pull out with features, interviews and articles on those they think could be in with a chance of winning from all corners of the sporting world.  From Rachel Atheron, the best downhill mountain biker in the world, to the medal winning partnership on the water of rowers Helen Glover and Polly Swann, the paralympic record breaker, dressage rider Sophie Christiansen (who is currently nursing a broken collarbone after a fall whilst practicing a routine on her horse Janeiro 6) to athletics titan and newbie Christina Ohuruogu and Jess Judd, all are mentioned and all worthy winners.  We will definitely be having more to say about this in the run up to the awards this year. Phew!


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