Portal:Women's sport

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Introduction

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Women's sports include amateur and professional competitions in virtually all sports. Female participation in sports rose dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the last quarter, reflecting changes in modern societies that emphasized gender parity. Although the level of participation and performance still varies greatly by country and by sport, women's sports have broad acceptance throughout the world, and in a few instances, such as tennis and figure skating, rival or exceed their male counterparts in popularity.

Few women competed in sports until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as social changes in Europe and North America favored increased female participation in society as equals with men. Although women were permitted to participate in many sports, relatively few showed interest, and there was often disapproval of those who did. The modern Olympics had female competitors from 1900 onward, though women at first participated in considerably fewer events than men. Concern over the physical strength and stamina of women led to the discouragement of female participation in more physically intensive sports, and in some cases led to less physically demanding female versions of male sports. Thus netball was developed out of basketball and softball out of baseball.

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  • ... Netball is the most popular women's sport in New Zealand, in terms of player participation and public interest?


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The CMLL World Women's Championship (Campeonato Mundial Femenil de CMLL in Spanish) is the top female professional wrestling championship promoted by the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The championship has exisisted since 1992 and is one of two women's championships currently recognized by CMLL; the other is the Mexican National Women's Championship. Being a professional wrestling championship it is not won legitimately; it is instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline.

Bull Nakano became the first CMLL World Women's Champion after winning a 12-woman battle royal to win the title on June 12, 1992. La Amapola is the current CMLL World Women's Champion, having defeated Lady Apache on November 16, 2007. This is La Amapola's first reign with the title; she is the 12th overall champion and the 10th person to hold the championship. Amapola holds the record for the longest reign with 3,534 days, while the 2nd longest is held by Reina Jubuki, at 828 days. Lady Apache has the most reigns of any wrestler, with three; she also has had the shortest title reign, at 90 days.

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The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (Irish: Cumann Peil Gael na mBan) is the organisation which promotes and regulates ladies' Gaelic football in Ireland.

The association has also selected the Ireland women's international rules football team, which will play the Australia women's international rules football team in international rules football for the first time in 2006.


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Caroline Atkins of England - ICC Women's Cricket World Cup, Sydney, March 2009.


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Cri-Zelda Brits, also written Crizelda Brits and Cri-zelda Brits (born 20 November 1983) is an international cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, Brits was originally called up to the South Africa national women's cricket team as an opening bowler in 2002. She developed into an all-rounder, and since 2005 has established herself as a specialist batsman. She captained South Africa in 23 matches in 2007 and 2008, but was replaced as captain in 2009 in order to "concentrate entirely on her own performance." She was reappointed as captain for the 2010 ICC Women's World Twenty20.

She is one of South Africa women's most prolific batsmen; she is the only South African woman to have scored a half-century in a Twenty20 International, and one of only four women to have scored a century for South Africa in a One Day International (ODI). Brits' 1097 ODI runs are second only to Daleen Terblanche, though Brits has a superior batting average. She is the leading South African run-scorer in Twenty20 Internationals with 152 runs.

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