World News – UA – Biggest Mistake With Female Athletes


The Broncos take on the Roosters in Sunday’s NRLW Grand Final, live on Nine from 4 p.m. (AEDT)

Tomorrow’s NRLW Grand Final will mark the end of what has been a season full of unprecedented setbacks for the rugby league COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to invest in women’s football, but a sports legend Australian is optimistic about what the future holds

Seven-time World Surfing Champion and die-hard Rugby League fan Layne Beachley has been selected by Nine to tell a moving pre-match presentation ahead of the NRLW Grand Final kick-off this weekend, with the Broncos and Roosters battling for Prime Minister

The moving introduction traces the incredible rise of women’s sport in recent years, with Beachley noting her own surfing experiences and how, with little to no opportunity for female athletes, they finally had a chance As a passionate advocate for women’s sport, Beachley wants this progress to be taken to the next level

« There’s this common quote that you can’t be what you can’t see. I don’t really believe it because I achieved something that no one else had done and it is because I chose to see it – I didn’t wait for someone else to do it before me But these women are paving the way for future generations to become something that even these athletes cannot not yet see And it’s really exciting « 

This season there were just four NRLW teams, with each team facing off once in a round robin format, before two teams came out on top to play the grand finalist

Beachley is a long-time Manly Sea Eagles fan, and while she happily watches every NRLW game she said it was obvious there was plenty of room to develop.

« I would love to see each club form a team and enjoy what the women’s rugby league has to offer These athletes are strong, courageous, athletic and they are great role models

« They attack each other hard I’m never the type to encourage brute force, but when you see these women going after the player and the ball, it really leaves me in awe of how strong, tenacious they are. and resistant

One of the biggest challenges the LNRF – and indeed all women’s sports – faces is converting fans who struggle to follow female athletes in the same way they idolize their male counterparts

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« The biggest mistake we can make with female athletes is comparing them to men, » she said.

« They already play their own brand of football Women will always play in a different way as there are so many different variables and characteristics to consider when you watch

« I think the best analogy is to compare a female rhythmic gymnast to a male rhythmic gymnast Men have more power, strength and weight, so they can fly higher and perform with more power, but in saying this, women have the advantage of beauty, grace, style and fluidity, and that’s what we need to embrace when it comes to female athletes

« [This is] acknowledging what they have, rather than comparing them to men and criticizing them or suggesting that they are weaker because they do not have the same qualities as their men. male counterparts

« It’s not about changing the opinion of the fans, it’s about changing the perspective or perception of women in sport »

Beachley thinks it’s only a matter of time before women’s sport is seen by a larger majority for the valuable product it represents But she admits it will take time

« There is still a shift in attitude that needs to happen From my perspective, there is still a reluctance to fully embrace women’s sport and what it has to offer – networks, governing bodies , sports clubs – and I would love to see them offer the same opportunity to women as to men , and I know it will take time, ”she says

« The NRLW is a young sports league compared to the NRL They have been played for over 100 years, the NRLW has been playing since 2018 Even though many of these women have played against their brothers and comrades – against the boys – in this which concerns equal opportunities where women can play against women, it is a new role, but they play much longer than that

« I am proud of how far we have come, but I also know that there is still a long way to go. I want to make sure that we do not rest on our laurels and that we become complacent »

On Sunday, the fit Broncos will aim to win three straight NRLW titles, in what will be a rematch of the 2018 Grand Final

In the previous two decisions Brisbane scored at least 30 points and last week they beat the Tricolors 24-16 in what could be seen as a preview for this year’s NRLW decision maker

« Learning to lose teaches you how to win, so my money is on the roosters, » she said

« I don’t support who I think will win, I support who I want to win Playing in Sydney, field advantage, I think the Roosters would have taken a lot from this last game, would have done a lot of analysis , identify their weaknesses and pull out all the guns

« But let me be cliché saying at the end of the day the winner is the women’s rugby league »

Brisbane Broncos, NRL Women, Sydney Roosters, Grand Final, Layne Beachley, National Rugby League, Ali Brigginshaw

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