I spent Olympic Day in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters are and the Olympic Museum. I was there for a Women in Sport meeting. I represent the athletes and Oceania on this commission.
The highlight is seeing how far women have come on the field of play at the Olympics. When I went to my first games in Barcelona, women made up 24% of the competitors. I thought that was pretty normal – growing up around yacht clubs, I was always surrounded by boys. My last Olympics in Beijing, 44% of competitors were female. Singapore Youth Olympic Games just about cracked the 50% goal with 48% women competing.
In 1992 and in 1996, we were tested to make sure we were female! The doctors took a cell scraping inside our mouths so they could examine our X and Y chromosomes, and I now have 2 credit cards stating that Barbara Kendall is a woman!
Things have come a long way for women in sport and one of the most exciting possibilities is that the women’s sporting goods market is one of the fastest growing areas. Go girls.