To mark International Women’s Day the New Zealand Olympic Committee is celebrating our female athletes and leaders with the below image, titled ‘There is no stereotype for Wāhine Toa’.
The image depicts NZ Team athletes Dame Valerie Adams, Lisa Carrington, Holly Robinson, Tracey Lambrechs and Courtney McGregor in action.
Rio 2016 Olympian Courtney McGregor says International Women’s Day is a chance to remember the past and look with hope towards the future.
“I feel very fortunate to have grown up in Aotearoa with such amazing female role models to look up to. Whether it was in the sporting arena, in positions of power, or simply the wāhine around me. I’m especially proud that we were the first country to give women the right to vote!
“Female athletes in New Zealand are some of our most inspirational sporting heroes. International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate our past successes and a reminder to stay committed to the continued fight against gender bias and inequality.”
Her Rio teammate Tracey Lambrechs echoed those sentiments.
“I’m Privileged to be able to inspire our up-and-coming female athletes just like I was inspired by the women who came before me.
“Working harder, training smarter and getting stuff done- just a typical day for a female