Greenwich Girls Can – #InternationalWomensDay 2018
This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating some of our female sporting alumni. The university has a proud history of supporting female students to be confident, strong and competitive helping to break down historical barriers for women in sport.
Marianne Boyle, the university’s Head of Sports Strategy explains:
“The university’s predecessor, Dartford College of Education was a ground-breaking pioneer in physical education, sport and the advancement of women’s rights. Founded by Madame Martina Bergman Ӧsterberg in 1885, it was the first women’s physical education college in the UK. Among many other firsts, Dartford students introduced netball to the UK and developed the gymslip.
“Although the College’s courses closed in 1986, its tradition of teacher training and sport continues today at the university. We have always been progressive, particularly about women in sport, so it is only right that we herald the achievements of some of our fantastic sporting alumni – Greenwich girls can, and always have.”
Baroness Heyhoe Flint
In January 2017, UK sport lost a legend when Rachael Heyhoe Flint passed away. She was the face of women’s cricket, putting it on the map in the UK country and beyond.
Rebecca is a former world Thai boxing champion who has helped thousands of marginalised young men turn their lives around through the charity she founded, Fight 4 Change.
Ann Brightwell MBE (née Packer)
Ann is one of an elite band of British athletes who have won an Olympic gold medal. Aged just 22, Ann won gold in the 800 metres at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.
Maxine Edwards MBE
Maxine captained the England Women’s rugby union team, winning 45 caps. A veteran of three World Cups, in 2003 she led the team out on their historic first appearance at Twickenham, the home of English rugby, and in the same year captained the side to a Six Nations Grand Slam win.
Claire was one of three Greenwich representatives in the England squad for the 1998 Rugby World Cup. An all-action Number Eight, she won 42 caps for England. In 2003, she became the first woman to score a try at Twickenham.
Claire first took up rugby while a student at Greenwich and played for the university team. She featured in the 1998 World Cup squad and went on to play for England until 2005.