RYA Scotland have been proud to be chosen as one of the sports highlighted in the recent campaign, Girls Do Sport, for Scottish Women in Sport. A number of our female participants have been featured as part of the sport specific aspects of the campaign including a dedicated programme on the SW/S YouTube channel.

The SWIS TV You Tube channel hosted a series of 15 minute programmes developed by UWS students focussing on women in sport and highlighting one sport per show. The statistics around media coverage of women in sport continue to be depressingly low compared with their male counterparts. Girls Do Sport will be a small but welcome antidote to this under-representation in the media.

The programme featured Laura Cammidge, who won gold in the B3 fleet at World Sailing's 2017 Blind Fleet Racing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA as part of GBR Blind Sailing Team. She was also joined by Emma Fowler of Glasgow University who is an instructor and coach alongside RYA Scotland coach development manager, Nikki Stewart. The full programme can be seen below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32DPRrZXJxY

Laser Radial Sailor Christine Woods from Clyde Cruising Club joined girls from a arrange of sports at the launch of the campaign. In promoting the benefits iof sailing Christine commented. "It's a great sense of achievement when you come off the water after a windy event or a hard day's racing. I also love that I have made lots of friends all the way through the sport and would really encourage people to get involved, even if it is difficult at the start you will get it."


We share the SW/S vision is for a country where females of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and walks of life are participating in sport or physical activity; within a positive, equitable culture where their achievements are promoted and celebrated.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport said. "I welcome Girls Do Sport continuing to highlight female participation issues in sport. Coming soon after Scotland's first Women and Girls in Sport Week, they will help us to further understand the barriers that women and young girls face and help to drive change."

For further information on the campaign please visit:

https://www.girlsdosport.co.uk/sailing/