Women in sport

Aussie women win the Ashes

Elyse Villani (right) celebrates with Jess Jonassen (left) after the Aussie's win.

Ian McCullough 9:09 AM   Australia's women have regained the Ashes after beating England by 20 runs to win the second Twenty-20 international at Hove.

All-female team to race at Bathurst 1000

IndyCar and Formula E driver Simona De Silvestro will team up with Australian Renee Gracie for the Bathurst 1000.

Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro will team up with Australian rising star Renee Gracie in an all-female team for this year's Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars endurance race.

Shine bright

Aussie Diamonds cap off magnificent week for Netball to take home the World Cup

Renae Hallinan, Julie Corletto and Laura Geitz of the Diamonds celebrate victory.

Liz Ellis   It was the final we had waited four years for. It was tough, it was emotional and it was played in front of a world record crowd. And it was, in the end, the Diamonds' day.

Women's footy

AFL to launch women's league in 2017

Katie Brennan of the Bulldogs tackles Daisy Pearce of the Demons during the Women's AFL exhibition match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs in May. The AFL hopes one day every club will have a women's team.

Samantha Lane   The AFL is launching an aggressive push to boost professional women's football, with plans for up to one-third of its 18 clubs to field teams by 2017.

Ashes within grasp as Southern Stars crush England

Australian players celebrate winning the Test with team mates.

Jesse Hogan   Australia are on the cusp of wrenching back the women's Ashes after crushing England in the one-off Test in Canterbury.

Offensive play

A no-girls-allowed rule got this kid's basketball team disqualified

Not only does Kymora want to play with her Cavs next year, she wants to send the message to girls everywhere that they shouldn't back down.

Petula Dvorak   No, this absurd bit of sexism did not happen in 1963. This happened last weekend.

Testosterone levels

Should female athletes have to prove they are women?

Indian athlete Dutee Chand was barred from competing against women due to a condition in which her body produces high levels of testosterone.

Alice Dreger   The intense scrutiny athletes with high testosterone levels are put under.

Sport sexism

Manchester United women's jersey sparks controversy

The different jerseys for men and women unveiled last week.

The new design has been branded "horrendous" and "sexist" by fans online.

Body shaming

UFC champ Ronda Rousey smacks down body shamers

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

"I think it's femininely badass as f--k because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose."

I stand with Adam

Adam Goodes' booing ordeal is a test of who we are

Adam Goodes' every action is subject to scrutiny, especially by those who resent that he used the platform of being Australian of the Year in 2014 to advocate on behalf of his people.

Michael Gordon   Suddenly, perversely, Australian Rules Football is no longer a showcase for reconciliation. How did it come to this?

The Arizona Cardinals hires Jen Welter as NFL's first female coach

Jen Welter at a press conference where she was named an intern coach for the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals were being hailed as groundbreakers on Tuesday after hiring the National Football League's first female coach.

Women's soccer

FIFA 16 video game puts woman on cover, male fans react with sexist jokes

Alex Morgan joins Lionel Messi on cover in the US, Canada captain Christine Sinclair gets Canadian cover

Bet you can't guess what their "jokes" were about.

Victorian sports clubs given $10m to build female-friendly changing rooms

Melbourne Vixens' captain Bianca Chatfield at the netball club at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.

Sport Minister John Eren says women's changing rooms are often rundown or non-existent, which is unfair to women who play sport.

Victoria Azarenka doesn't have time for stupid questions about her grunting

Victoria Azarenka has dismissed grunting questions as not important.

Michael Chammas   "[It's] annoying because guys grunt. I was practicing next to Nadal, and he grunts louder than me, and nobody notice that."

Nadal grunts louder than me: Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka has dismissed grunting questions as not important.

Michael Chammas   The queen of scream, or perhaps the princess if you consider Maria Sharapova, has hit out at questions about her grunting during her Wimledon quarter final loss to Serena Williams on Tuesday.

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Sexist tweet shows how far women's soccer has to go


Ishaan Tharoor   You would hope American soccer authorities would never tweet what the official account of the English national team did.

Women's World Cup

Soccer player kissing her wife after World Cup victory wins photo of the day

Abby Wambach celebrates with her wife Sarah Huffman after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup.

It was a joyous moment for a country still celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

When pregnancy spells the end of a career

Cricketer Sarah Elliott made an Ashes century, feeding her son Sam during the breaks

Linda Pearce   Many sportswomen's career prospects evaporate when their waters break.

Football final

Watch this Women's World Cup final preview and get pumped for the game

USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe.

This fan-made video will get your blood running for today's final.

Dress code

This professional tennis player was reprimanded for wearing a black sports bra

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a ball to Ying-Ying Duan of China during the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Owen Roberts   Wimbledon has been rocked by a scandal so disgraceful, so shocking, it would certainly place staunch fanatics into a raving furore.

Norway's national soccer team hilariously parody sexist stereotypes about women in sport

One of Norway's national soccer players "confessing".

"If I run first and then receive the ball... That's offside, isn't it?"

Go Matildas

Five reasons why you should be watching the Matildas in the FIFA Women’s World Cup

The Matildas 2015 World Cup campaign kicks off this morning against the USA.

Lucy Zelic   SBS soccer expert Lucy Zelic on why you should already be screaming "Go Matildas!" at your TV screens.

Australian women's rugby player goes viral after big tackle

Georgia Page broken nose

She took a nasty blow to the face before getting up and dishing out a big hit of her own.

Clem Ford

Why some sports should remain a women's game

Sydney Goal Shooter Caitlin Thwaites on the attack during the NSW Swifts and the Mainland Tactix Netball match at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

Clementine Ford   Women have built sports like netball and roller derby from the ground up. So shouldn't we be given some credit?

Women's cycling team pushes past roadblocks in Afghanistan


Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni   "Nothing will stop us."


Why this image of netballer with a black eye screams toughness, not violence

Diamonds star: Sharni Layton.

Liz Ellis   I look forward to a time a woman with a black eye is not routinely asked "who did this to you?" but "so, did you get the ball?"

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Matildas players faced sexist abuse from British soldiers during match

Innocent victim: Australia defender Servet Uzunlar was the primary target of alleged sexist abuse from British soldiers.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas' friendly football match against England in Cyprus has been overshadowed by claims that players were the targets of sexist abuse. 


Sports girls

What it's like to be a top-level sportswoman

On the up: Andrea Hah challenges preconceptions with her prodigious climbing abilities.

"Women are constantly reminded what their bodies look like, but can easily forget what it is their bodies can do. Sport can change that."

Watch Mo'ne Davis pull a wicked spin basketball move on Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart and Mo'ne Davis after the game.

"Just leaving Kevin Hart in the dark, embarassing him. Oh man, what a move."

Women in sport

Five minutes with Australian netball captain Laura Geitz

Laura Geitz.

We chat to Laura Geitz about life as captain of Australia’s most successful women’s sporting team.

Saudi Arabia wants to host a men-only Olympics

Claire Cohen   The International Olympic Committee has slapped down any suggestion of Saudi Arabia making a joint bid with Bahrain and holding men and women's events in different territories

Williams sisters

Serena Williams and her sister Venus deserve more respect and we should cherish them while we can

IN A SPIN: American tennis superstar Serena Williams has reluctantly waded into the "twirling" debate at the Australian Open.

Charlie Eccleshare   The Williams sisters are both in the Australian Open quarter-finals and are tennis greats, yet while their contemporary Roger Federer is fawned over, the sisters' achievements are met with relative indifference.

Eugenie Bouchard deserves better than sexist 'twirl' request

Eugenie Bouchard

Clem Bastow   Why are female stars still subjected to sexist requests from journalists?

Sporting taboo: 'I have nightmares about getting my period at Wimbledon'

Heather Watson

Radhika Sanghani   Heather Watson has attributed her Australian Open loss to her period and other sportswomen have spoken out in support.

Teenage tennis player hit by coach after loss says she 'deserved' it

Sixteen-year-old Andrada Surdeanu was seen by a doctor during a tournament.

Matthew Day   Andrada Surdeanu, 16, comes to her father's defence after a violent altercation when she lost a match left her with a bloody nose.

Running truths

The pros and cons of running for exercise

Sportswoman tying her shoelaces before the training.

Rachel Clun   New research suggests running may slow down the ageing process, but one Sydney academic urges caution.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams slams Russian federation chief for "sexist, racist and bullying" comments

Serena Williams said the comments were "in a way bullying".

Serena Williams slams Russian Tennis Federation president after he described her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers".

Why were there nude female models at the 'I Support Women in Sport' Awards?

Models at the Women's Sports Awards go topless

Candice Chung   Outrage over a bizarre turn of events at Monday nights' women's sports awards.

Arms race

Five exercises for your arms that you could (or should) be doing but probably aren't


Natalie Carter   Sick of push ups? We have a few ideas.

Workout shakeup

10 ways to change up your workout for fast results

Sportswoman tying her shoelaces before the training.

Natalie Carter   These tips will have you perking up faster than you can say "Urgh! bikini season".

Rolling out

The cheapest massage you've ever had is waiting at the gym


Mary Macvean   Rollers stretch and massage, helping athletic performance, says trainer Ashley Borden.

NFL protest

CoverGirl ad becomes a protest tool against NFL Commissioner


CoverGirl's easy, breezy, beautiful ad campaign has undergone a shocking makeover at the hands of Roger Goodell protestors who are adept at Photoshop.

Saudi Arabia: women sidelined as an all-male team is selected for the Asian Games

Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar (right) competes in the women's 800m heats at the London Olympic Games.

Julian Linden   Saudi Arabia has failed to include a single female athlete in its 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, saying its women are not sufficiently competitive.


Quincy Symonds

Amazing six-year-old with genetic disorder is taking the surfing world by storm


Rob Moran   Meet Gold Coast native Quincy Symonds, aka your new hero.

Women in sports

The SCG needs to induct a woman in to their media hall of fame

Debbie Spillane and David Lord, together on a new ABC Newsradio Sport program. Pix by Quentin Jones. qcj070207.001. SPECIALX 61157

Fifteen new inductees were revealed last week, fifteen more men.

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Sport sexism

We need to start giving women's sport the respect it deserves

Australia's players cheer after winning a stage match against the US in the women's tournament of the Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, on June 12, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / SANDER KONING   **NETHERLANDS OUT**        (Photo credit should read Sander KONING/AFP/Getty Images)

Michelle Bridges   For too long we have looked at women's sport through the prism of the male version. That's not what it's about.

Women in football

Team's report finds AFL has dropped the ball on affirmative action


Samantha Lane   Women working in the AFL say the industry's pervading "blokey culture" stunts their progress.

Alec Baldwin catches stray tennis ball like it's nothin'

Alec Baldwin

He has every right to gloat about this for some time.

Healthy babes

Everything you need to know about working out while pregnant

Pregnant in water

Danielle Douglas   There's no need for that pregnant pause - healthy pregnant women should stay active.

Japanese figure skating champion denies he was sexually harassment by female trainer

Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi.

Japanese figure-skating heartthrob Daisuke Takahashi has denied being the victim of sexual harassment as a scandal raged over magazine photos of him in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport, local media reported Friday.

Sports phenom

Mo'ne Davis: why everyone is talking about this 13-year-old Little League pitcher

Mo'ne Davis, SI cover.

Chuck Schilken   Mo'ne Davis has really hit the big time. The 13-year-old pitcher with the 112km/h fastball has landed the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, becoming the first Little League player to do so.

Get sporty

Girls need more physical role models

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND - MARCH 11:  Stephanie Gilmore of Australia celebrates her victory at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on March 11, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Kirstin Scholtz/ASP via Getty Images)

Michelle Bridges   If we're serious about getting girls to participate in sport, we need to look at the big picture.

Try Tabata

Want to get out of the gym in record time?

Woman after workout outdoor.

Michelle Bridges   Well then, forget creeping around the gym doing some sort of half-hearted warm-up.

The J-Law workout

Try Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games exercise regime

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07:  Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Held at Musee Rodin on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Rindoff/Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)

Effie Mann   Tips from the trainer who got J-Law in peak form for her role as badass Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.

No Lights No Lycra

Dancing in the dark is a fun (and anonymous) way to get super fit

No Lights No Lycra in Brunswick East is a dance class and illustrates a story about the science of play.  Liza Freddi enjoys herself.  The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. September 19 2013.

Michelle Bridges   The great thing about bustin' some moves is that you can do it in your lounge room if you like – it's still great exercise, and you can shamelessly channel your inner pop star.

Spring ready

A winter workout will warm you up and get you ready for sunny spring

Exercising woman outdoors

Michelle Bridges   Change your routine and commit to new goals and you'll be thanking yourself in eight weeks time.