Our Top 10 UK Women in Sports

Here at the Match Group we wanted to show case women we think are important in the World of sports to us! Here is our Top 10 Women in Sports.

Hollie Doyle, Jockey

Hollie Doyle is a British jockey who competes in flat racing. She set a record for winners ridden in a British season by a female jockey in 2019. The following year, she came fourth in the Flat Jockeys’ Championship, the highest result for a woman to date. She came third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2020 and was also named The Sunday Times sportswoman of the year.

Clare Balding, Broadcaster

Clare Balding is an English broadcaster, journalist, and author. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport, is the current president of the Rugby Football League (RFL). Dubbed the “Grande Dame of British TV” she is one of the most popular figures in British sport. An LGBT icon and vocal campaigner on sexism – she is said to have influenced BT Sport’s commitment to women’s sport as part of her contract negotiations with the broadcaster. She presents a vast array of sport across the major channels.

Ellie Simmonds, Paralympian swimmer

Ellie Simmonds is a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events. Simmonds came to national attention when she competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two gold medals, despite being the youngest member of the team, at the age of 13. She won another two golds in London, including setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle, and a further gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, this time setting a world record for the 200m medley.

Zara Tindall, British equestrian

She is an equestrian, an Olympian, and the second child and only daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips. Tindall won the Eventing World Championship in Aachen in 2006. That same year, she was voted 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the public. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours for her services to equestrianism. In 2012, she carried an Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse on her horse Toytown. As a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team, she won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Steph Houghton, Footballer

Steph is an English footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester City and the England national team. At club level, Houghton started at Sunderland in her native North East England before moving on to Leeds United in 2007 then Arsenal Ladies in 2010. She broke into the Sunderland team as a striker before moving back into midfield and later into defence. She was made England captain in January 2014.

Alex Scott, Former Footballer

Alex Scott is an English television presenter and former professional footballer who mostly played as a right-back for Arsenal in the FA WSL. She made 140 appearances for the England national team and represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

Jess Hawkins, Racing Driver

Jessica Hawkins is a British racing driver with that not only has a successful racing career but has also been a stunt driver for Fast and Furious Live and other motoring events. Jessica’s career highlights include finishing second in the Mini Challenge Great Britain in 2017. In 2020, Hawkins made her debut in the 2020 British Touring Car Championship racing for Power Maxed Racing in Snetterton Circuit.

Nicola Adams, Boxer

Nicola Adams is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2017 to 2019. She retired with an undefeated record and held the WBO female flyweight title in 2019. As an amateur, she became the first female boxer to become an Olympic champion after winning gold at London 2012, and the first double Olympic champion following a second gold medal at Rio 2016, both in the flyweight division. As of 27 May 2016, she was the reigning Olympic, World and European Games champion at flyweight, and won the entire set of amateur championships available to her – Olympic, Commonwealth and European Games’ titles, and the World, European and European Union championships.

Karren Brady

She is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and current vice-chairman of West Ham United F.C. She is featured in the BBC One series The Apprentice as an aide to Alan Sugar. On 22 September 2014, Brady was elevated to the House of Lords as a Conservative life peer, taking the title Baroness Brady.

Claudia Fragapane

From Bristol Claudia Fragapane is a British artistic gymnast. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she was the first English woman to win four gold medals since 1930. In 2015, Fragapane was part of the women’s gymnastics team that won Great Britain’s first-ever team medal, a bronze, at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Let’s also not forget our Managing Director Laura Miller who has over 20 years’ experience in the sports industry working with clubs such as Super League, Hull City AFC  ,Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union & Newcastle Utd , Coventry City ,Swansea City  ,Brighton and Hove Albion and Doncaster Rovers Football Club plus many more!

Laura, Sophie and Jess would like to wish everyone a Happy Women’s Day!