ITV weather girl backs women in golf campaign

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham July 30, 2015 12:18

An ITV weather presenter swapped the TV studio for a golf course to show her support for the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.

Sheffield’s Kerrie Gosney, who presents the weather on a number of ITV’s northern channels, was introduced to golf by former European Tour golfer Fame Tate during a one-to-one lesson at Tapton Golf Course in Chesterfield.

Fame Tate and Kerrie Gosney

Fame Tate and Kerrie Gosney

Kerrie, 40, said: “I’m delighted to be an advocate for This Girl Can as it’s a fantastic campaign and I think any project that encourages women to ‘do’ should be celebrated.

“Golf is a sport that I had no previous experience of and one that I wouldn’t have previously considered, so to be shown the ropes by an ex-professional was a massive honour.

“In the past golf has been perceived as a male-dominated sport and it was fascinating to speak to Fame about how the sport is developing and how it has tackled this. Many more women are now taking up the sport and this has been really helped by getting groups of women together so that they don’t feel intimidated or isolated.”

The This Girl Can campaign has been developed by Sport England and is being delivered locally by Sheffield City Trust across 13 of its sport and leisure facilities, including Tapton Golf Course.

Kerrie added: “I would definitely encourage other women to adopt a ‘give it a go’ attitude and get behind This Girl Can.

“Having had just one session of golf I can already see the health benefits, both physically and mentally. You’re out and about in fresh air, it raised my heart rate, and it gave me a welcome release from the stresses of daily life.

“We are all different, so we are going to like or prefer different forms of sport or exercise, but I would say that if the opportunity is there, to give it a go and see for yourself.”

Sport England’s latest Active People Survey shows the number of females in Yorkshire playing sport once a week dropped to 701,400 in 2013/14 – a fall of more than 10,000 compared to the previous year. However, 55.7 per cent of women would like to do more exercise – up from 51.2 per cent in 2007/8.

The This Girl Can campaign, which is now in its second phase, aims to celebrate and increase the number of females who take part in sport or exercise.

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham July 30, 2015 12:18
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