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Women take centre stage

The city of Birmingham’s motto is “Forward” and it’s a mantra that could equally be applied to Birmingham 2022.

As the Games for everyone, we are developing a programme that puts women’s and para sport centre stage. As part of this we’ve assembled a stellar line up of past, present and future champions of women’s sport to look back at the barriers broken down over the decades, and ask what still needs to be done to ensure equal representation at every level of the industry.

On Wednesday 21st October, live-streamed on our Facebook page, we are hosting “It’s Our Time”, a day of special talks and discussions featuring an incredible line up of amazing women in sport, including:

  • Our host Katharine Merry, Olympic 400m medallist and broadcaster
  • Lady Mary Peters, Olympic and Commonwealth Pentathlon champion and multi-event icon
  • Hannah Cockroft, para sprinter, five-time Paralympic and 12-time world champion
  • Ashia Hansen, world indoor and Commonwealth triple jump champion and former world record holder
  • Amy Jones, England and Warwickshire cricketer
  • Kare Adenegan, para sprinter and three-time Paralympic medallist

Our guests will discuss the past, present and future of women’s sport, across three very special events:

11.30am – 12.20pm:  The Story So Far

Legends of sport look back at the history of women at the Commonwealth Games, the barriers they’ve broken down and progress made.

13.00 -13.40pm: It’s Our Time

Current and rising stars discuss how Birmingham 2022 is putting women’s and para sport centre stage.

15.00 – 15.40pm: A Seat at the Table

Athletes and experts look ahead to the future and what still needs to be done to ensure women are represented equally at every level of sport.

We’d love you to submit your questions for our sporting superstars; the best will be put to our panellists on the day.

Our celebration of women’s sport comes as Birmingham 2022 launches its most significant campaign to date, featuring elite female and male athletes who each have an association with the West Midlands.

The campaign features some of the female athletes involved in “It’s Our Time”, including England cricketer Amy Jones and para sprinter Kare Adenegan.

Check out our brand new video below:

Amy Jones told us: “It’s absolutely brilliant that women’s cricket is taking centre stage at my home Games, and I can’t wait to compete for gold at the world-famous Edgbaston stadium, which also happens to be my home ground.

“I’m proud that Birmingham 2022 is giving women’s sport such a huge platform, and I have no doubt that it will inspire young girls in the West Midlands and around the world to follow in our footsteps.”

With the Birmingham 2022 daily schedule now published, the excitement is really building towards 11 days of spectacular competition at the Games, the largest sports event to be held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To be the first to find out about tickets and volunteering opportunities, register for updates now.

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