Emma Raducanu: US Open champion can encourage extra ladies and ladies into sport

Emma Raducanu: US Open champion can inspire more women and girls into sport


Emma Raducanu’s US Open success can help inspire more women and girls to take part in sport, campaigners say.

The 18-year-old created history by becoming the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Kate Dale, the campaign lead for This Girl Can, also says the teenager can help others discover a love of sport.

“It’s another example of a fantastic achievement of women’s sport,” Dale told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think she is a role model for women and girls, and I’m sure for boys and men in so many ways.

“I think it’s not just the fact that she won, but the way that she did it – the style, the composure, the level-headedness that she’s had throughout has just been extraordinary.”

This Girl Can was set up by Sport England in 2015 to get more young women and children active.

The latest sport participation research from Sport England shows that boys (47% or 1.7m) remained more likely to be active than girls (43% or 1.5m), with a gap of 213,000. 

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