Questioning why there aren’t more girls playing rugby and boys enjoying ballet, Hannah Murray is kicking sporting stereotypes into touch.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Wales at Six on Thursday 5th March.
The 18-year-old from Tonyrefail in South Wales and her team want young people to feel free to take part in any sport, regardless of their gender.
‘When I was at school, the boys went off to play rugby and football in the fields while the girls did gymnastics and dance,’ explains Hannah.
‘Even if I wanted to join in with the football, I couldn’t because I was meant to stay with the girls. My project is to tackle gender stereotyping in sport.’
The group, who are all keen sportsmen and women, have worked with Fixers to create a film to get their message across.
It encourages young people to pursue their sporting passions, without being deterred by gender prejudice.
Watch the film ‘Who Are You to Stop Me?’ by clicking on the image below.
In the broadcast piece, Hannah meets players from the Welsh Women’s Rugby Team.
Their coach, Rhys Edwards, also appears in support of Hannah and her group’s campaign.
‘There used to be stereotyping in schools with netball, hockey and gymnastics. But things are changing now,’ he says.
‘Staff are raising their game and the girls in particular are having more opportunities to play.
‘That’s developing them to senior level where we are getting a bit more success.’
Hannah adds: ‘I would be happy if any number of children feel they can go off and do what they want to do, not based on their gender.
‘They shouldn’t feel pressure from friends and family or be picked on or bullied if they choose to do a sport that goes against the gender stereotype.’
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