The Year In Review

It's Christmas and team Glorious want to celebrate the amazing sporting stories over the past year. Editor Alison Root shares some Glorious highlights that truly showcase the breadth and popularity of women's sport

By Alison Root

It’s that time of the year when you eat a lot, drink a lot and reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. As far as women’s sport is concerned, there’s a lot to celebrate. From grassroots to professional level, from the everyday to the obscure, we’ve had some amazing stories to tell.

Some of the athletes on the 2022 Women's Sport Trust's Unlocked programme. Photography by Ossi Piispanen.
Supporting the Lionesses during the Women's Euros.

As charity partner to the Women’s Sport Trust, spring sees the launch of the Unlocked programme, which pairs athletes with appropriate activators to help guide them on their journey inside and outside their chosen sporting arena. For me personally, to be an activator on this programme is so self-satisfying and athletes like Paralympic coxswain Erin Kennedy and rugby player Simi Pam have delivered incredible stories for Glorious. Of course, the highlight of the year was the Lionesses winning the Euros when they brought football home. Having watched several matches at Boxpark London, which was buzzing, it was brilliant to how much the mixed crowd admire and respect today’s female football players.

Scottish rugby player Jade Konkel. Photography by Ossi Piispanen.
Gladys Verhulst, Tour de France Femmes, 2022. Photography by Arne Mill.

I had never been to a women’s rugby match until the final pre-warm-up game to the World Cup between England versus Wales. To watch the strength and athleticism of these women up close was an eye-opener and highlighted to me even more the importance of Glorious publishing a story about the disparity in women’s rugby, backed up by another story on Scottish rugby player and firefighter Jade Konkel. It was an historic moment for women’s cycling with the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes, and our writer, Amy Sedghi, managed to join the bus of the British team Le Col-Wahoo and follow the gruelling race. Golf is my sport, and it was an historic moment for me when Glorious captured women’s golf in such a unique way and actually made it look cool!

Gilly McArthur. Photography by Scott M Salt.

We’re all about wanting to inform, excite and inspire women on a sporting journey, whatever form that might take. This could be as simple as going for a run or perhaps Eskootr racing. WTF is Eskootr racing? That’s what I thought back in March when we featured model and adrenaline junkie Jordan Rand, who embarked on the inaugural eskootr championship. I felt a similar sentiment about bio-hacking, as it’s not the easiest subject to get your head around.

l-r: Skateboarder Danni Gallacher with director Martina Pastori, PUMA 300. Photography by Claudia Agati.

From Curve Catwalk founder Trina Nicole, wheelchair skateboarder Tracie Gara, open water swimmer Gilly McArthur, to the PUMA 300 campaign, there are just too many inspirational stories to highlight and I’ve loved reminding myself and reflecting on these, but now it’s back to eating and drinking!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

Alison x


Lauren Prince aka Guilty of Golf. Photography by Dan Burn-Forti.

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