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2017 – The highlights of an epic year for women’s sport
2016 must surely be the last year we hear “women’s sport is just not as good as mens sport”. In the eight and a half years since Sportsister began, women’s sport at all levels has grown tremendously. Elite athletes are beginning to steal the limelight, more women than ever are taking part in events in a multitude of sports and there are major initiatives underway to get more women into coaching and on boards. We jumped the gun a bit back in 2010 when we boldly announced a Golden Era for women’s sport…but hey, it’s finally here, so enjoy!
A few things to look forward to in 2017
16-29 Tennis / 25-28 Wheelchair Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne.
Johanna Konta had a cracking year in 2016 reaching her best singles ranking of No. 9 in October and becoming the first Briton to make the top ten of the WTA rankings in over 30 years. Bring on 2017.
Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships
With Lizzy Yarnold competing again, it’s going to be exciting to see how she shapes up ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Short Track Speed Skating World Championships, Rotterdam
Look out for our speed skating superstar, Elise Christie, as she aims to bring home some medals and lay down her mark ahead of the Winter Olympics in 2018.
Gymnastics World Cup, London
Britains’ gymnasts have become leading contenders on the world stage and now you can watch them compete in London. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket though, it will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Football, Women’s FA Cup Final, London
Women’s football in the UK has never been in such great shape, head along and see it for yourself at the FA Cup Final at Wembley – adult tickets are just £15.
Road Cycling, Women’s Tour, UK
Women’s road cycling is getting bigger every year and this is one of the world’s best events, so take the opportunity to head along and see some of our home grown and international stars.
June 26 – July 23
Cricket, ICC Women’s World Cup, England
This is going to be big! The World Cup is the most sought after title in women’s cricket and it’s happening here in the UK. Get along and watch the action or watch on Sky Sports.
Football, UEFA European Championships, Netherlands
England and Scotland have been drawn in the same group – D, alongside Spain and Portugal. It’s set to be a thrilling tournament as England will aim to continue their World Cup success and Scotland look to make their mark on the world scene.
Athletics, World Championships
This is the year that just keeps giving – in July the IAAF World Championships arrive in London and despite various scandals surrounding the sport it’s popularity remains high and our team will be aiming for multiple medals.
Rugby Union, Women’s World Cup, Ireland
England will start as title holders, can they do the double? There are several contenders, not least Ireland who will be looking to steal the crown.
Triathlon, ITU World Series Final, Rotterdam
The series finale is always exciting, so whether you’ve followed the series all year or not, this is a great event to watch. Can the Brits win more medals in 2017?
Taekwondo, ITF World Championships, Dublin
With Jade Jones taking her second gold and Bianca Walkden winning a bronze in Rio, this has got to be worth a watch.
Trampolining, World Championships, Sofia
Bryony Page won a spectacular silver medal in Rio, so expect interest in the sport to grow.
Squash, World Championships, Manchester
It’s hard to understand why squash isn’t an Olympics sport, it’s fast, furious and exciting – plus we’ve got one of the best players around in Laura Massaro.
Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine