2023: It’s A Big Year

If you thought 2022 was a significant year for women’s sport, team Glorious is already looking forward to what should be a mega 2023. Here’s Editor Alison Root's round-up of what we can expect and a selection of inspirational stories to help kickstart your new year

By Alison Root

Wow, here we are again, about to step into a New Year, and it’s going to be a big one as far as women’s sport is concerned. There’s the Six Nations Rugby, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Netball World Cup, the Solheim Cup, to name just a few of next year’s major women’s events that only come around every so often. These events will no doubt produce some amazing stories, which is wonderful, but Glorious is about embracing all women’s sports, from the everyday to the obscure, and we’re busy planning content that will uplift and inspire you throughout 2023.

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Cat Meffan.

We’ve all probably indulged over the Christmas period and we also know the routine. In January we’ll be bombarded by diet and exercise tips to encourage us to get active and how best to shed those excess pounds. You might have set goals for the year ahead – New Year, New You – and all that… This is not a bad thing, but don’t be too hard on yourself, set realistic goals and listen to people that you can relate to, like Flora Beverley, aka Food Fitness Flora or yoga teacher Cat Meffan.

Tina Basich.

January is also the month when the tennis season kicks off with the Australian Open in Melbourne, but come spring, we’re looking forward to the publication of two books by photographer Radka Leitmeritz, who has the incredible ability to capture female tennis stars in a completely different and refreshing light.

Rokkiralli is the most inclusive rally series in Finland – on ice! We caught up with the new and fearless breed of female rally drivers. Sticking with the subject of snow and ice, congratulations to snowboarding mould breaker Tina Basich who will be inducted into the Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in March.

Emma Raducanu. Photography by Radka Leitmeritz.

If you want to give cycling a go and build up to riding 100k, check out Rapha Women’s 100, the worldwide community cycling event. This has become such a popular day out and is not necessarily about reaching the 100k mark, it’s really about getting women on a bike all together on the same day, regardless of skill or experience. If cycling isn’t your thing, have you thought about sitting on a bank with a glass of fizz in one hand and a fishing rod in the other? Fishing has seen a significant increase in female participation over recent years, and through the Ladies Carp Academy Bev Clifford is on a mission to welcome even more women into the sport in 2023.

Bonneville Salt Flats featuring @utahcowgirl. Photography by Emmie Sperandeo.
Elizabeth Sneed aka CurvySurferGirl. Photography Cody Ketchum.

We’d all like to say “I’m living the dream,” and that’s exactly what cowgirl Emmie Sperandeo is doing. She’s currently in a ranch house in Montana wintering with her horses before heading off to Florida and then Argentina early in the New Year. Kortney Olson, founder of Grrrl is a force of nature who has changed the female fitness landscape, while Elizabeth Sneed aka CurvySurferGirl is using her influence to spread a message of body positivity to encourage more women to get on a surf board. These are just three great examples of our many inspirational stories.

We’re really excited to bring you so much more in 2023, but in the meantime, I want to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!


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