Masterman joins campaign to unlock future of women’s sport
The British Sailing Team’s Alice Masterman has joined forces with more than 30 British elite female athletes to tackle diversity in sport head on as part of a unique programme created by the Women’s Sport Trust.
Masterman, who is campaigning a 49erFX for Paris 2024 alongside Bella Fellows, has teamed up with a host of sports stars including international footballers Nikita Parris and Caroline Weir, five-time Olympic champion wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft and England rugby league player Jodie Cunningham.
The programme, named Unlocked, is now in its second year and aims to help athletes accelerate change across the sports industry.
Representing 27 different sports and with athletes at different points in their elite careers, the group provides a unique, diverse and powerful insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in women’s sport, based on those who sit at the heart of it.
“I’m really excited to be part of Unlocked by the Women’s Sport Trust,” says Masterman. “It’s a great initiative to tackle the lack of diversity in sport by sharing experiences with athletes from 27 sports. I applied for the programme for a number of reasons. I do a lot of coaching when I’m not sailing and I want to inspire younger sailors, especially girls, to continue sailing despite barriers they may face. The Covid-19 pandemic has especially made that hard and I want to make sure there is no one left behind.
“It’s also a great opportunity to meet like minded athletes from 27 other sports, and learn how other female athletes manage their careers and achieve amazing things. I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible and be able drive change for other female sailors and young people.”
Other athletes in the group include England netballer and Commonwealth gold medallist Kadeen Corbin, England rugby union prop Shaunagh Brown, rowing Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles and Team GB hockey player Sarah Evans.