Natalie from Brandon
Activity: Running, Fit camp, Basketball and Football.
I am a mum of two and have recently joined a fit camp that I attend 3 mornings a week. I also try to go for a run at the weekend. I have always loved sport particularly basketball and football. I have been suffering with depression for a number of years now and more recently anxiety. These things have definitely held me back and made me lose my confidence. Since becoming a mum I have found time a massive issue to taking part in sport, also money and travel are a big issues. Now I have joined fit camp, I feel much more confident and actually have something to do for myself that I love. Regaining a part of myself that I had lost after becoming a mum.
Jessica from Newmarket
Never Waste A Weekend
Activity: Gym, Swimming, Yoga and Cheerleading
I'm a typical yo-yo exerciser. I go to the gym when I make time, take part in cheerleading once a week, swim when I remember and I'm always looking for a new sport or exercise to try and fall in love with, whether that's stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or bouldering.
I want to get more active. I'm not fast and I am not naturally sporty or active but the This Girl Can campaign is for "normal" people like me - who know exercise is good for them and need that push to get out there. That feeling after exercise is amazing - but it's too easy to stay in the office and "do it tomorrow!"
Katie from Newmarket
Activity: Triathlon, Rowing, Running, Cycling
Sport came to my rescue. The friendships I made supported me through the toughest time I have ever experienced, and the release I felt from being out on the water, in the gym with my team mates, or on the open road allowed me to leave the toxic routine I'd trapped myself in and become free again. Sport became my personal therapy in a dark time in my life.
Whilst I say I am a triathlete, rower, cox, runner, swimmer and cyclist, I am tremendously average at them all. But I love them. Participating in sports gives me ownership over my body. It reminds me what my body and my mind are capable of and I refuse to be told that I cannot do sport because I am a girl.
Kirsten from Brandon
Got the weight of the world on your shoulders? Squat it
Activity: Weightlifting, Zumba, Body Pump/Combat classes
The main sport I take part in is weightlifting/powerlifting. I also enjoy Zumba and Body Pump/Combat. I like to keep mixing up my routines and classes so that they remain interesting and challenging.
I'm aware that the obstacles women face with regards to sport and fitness vary from person to person. However, I hope that some people can relate to my own struggles. I was a keen footballer until my early teens, however this had a negative impact on my social life as it was very out of the ordinary at my school. Gradually, I stopped playing as I grew up. I wish there had been someone to show me that challenging conventions is actually a good thing!
I now work at a leisure centre and am very fortunate to be surrounded by strong, dedicated women who motivate each other. I'm currently completing a Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification, after which I plan to start teaching group exercise classes and play even more of a part in motivating people to be the best version of themselves.