Portal:Women's sport

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Women get set to run for an awareness event in Netherlands, 2014

Women's sports includes amateur as well as women's professional sports, in all varieties of sports. Female participation and popularity in sports increased dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the last quarter-century, 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 are widely accepted throughout the world today. In a few instances, such as figure skating, female athletes rival or exceed their male counterparts in popularity. In many sports women usually do not compete on equal terms against men.

Although there has been a rise in participation by women in sports, a large disparity still remains. These disparities are prevalent globally and continue to hinder equality in sports. Many institutions and programs still remain conservative and do not contribute to gender equity in sports.

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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 Cook Islands are a major netball playing country in Oceania, with more than 1,000 registered players. The game became popular during the 1970s, and the national team has been important in the region since then. The Cook Islands Netball Association is a member of Oceania Netball Federation. The country has participated at several international events including the Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games, the World Games, the Oceania Netball Tournament, the World Youth Netball Championship, and the International Challenge Men’s and Mixed Netball Tournament. The women's national team is one of the top ranked in the world.

Netball has grassroots support and plays an important part in the life of women on the islands. There are over 15 netball clubs and the game is played at schools. The game is played at national festivals like the Manea Games. The game is also being played by men. There have been several people have been important in terms of helping to develop the game in the Cook Islands and to raise the profile of the country internationally.

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The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) is an organization formed in 1983 to promote women's intercollegiate golf. The vision of NGCA since its inception has been "to encourage the playing of intercollegiate golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition".

The NGCA has a membership of over 400 coaches of NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA collegiate programs. NGCA is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors and the headquarters is located in Coral Springs, Florida.

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


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Faith Yvonne Leech (born 31 March 1941 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) is a former Australian freestyle swimmer who won gold in the 4 × 100 metres (m) freestyle relay and bronze in the 100 m freestyle at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

A tall and lean swimmer known for her elegant technique, Leech started swimming as a child to build strength after a series of eating disorders in her infancy. She quickly rose to prominence after breaking a string of age group records. In 1955, she became the youngest swimmer to win an Australian title, claiming victory in the 110 yd (100 m) at the age of 13. She twice broke the Australian record in the 100 yards (yd) freestyle in late 1955, thereby positioning herself as a leading contender for Olympic selection in 1956. Leech's preparation was hindered by illness, which forced her out of the 1956 Australian Championships, but she recovered to gain Olympic selection in both the 100 m freestyle and the corresponding relay. Leech produced a late surge to take bronze in the individual event and seal an Australian trifecta, before swimming the second leg in the relay to help secure an Australian victory in world record time. Leech retired after the Olympics at the age of 15; she cited anxiety caused by racing as one of the main factors in her decision.

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