Women Wednesday #27
Posted on 03 May 2017
NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY
We love how women are changing the world and making an impact to their home countries that we're talking all things awesome and new every Wednesday!
Masako Wakamiya is a vibrant, self-described chatterbox who just launched her first smartphone app. Oh, and she's 81 years old. She says she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age. "We easily lose games when playing against young people, since our finger movements can't match their speed," Wakamiya has said. The retired banker asked a bunch of people to create games for seniors, but no one was interested. So she took matters into her own hands and achieved something many people half her age haven't done. She calls herself a technology evangelist and even wrote her own PC textbooks because she found the options available to her were too boring. "You don't have to be a professional," she said. "If you have creativity, if you have a playful mind, you can create teaching materials." Going into something new and complicated is daunting but Wakamiya has done amazingly and we’re so proud of her innovation and bravery!
The first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon has marked five decades since her achievement by running it again – at the age of 70. Kathrine Switzer completed the race under the qualifying time in 4 hours 44 minutes 31 seconds. She made sporting history by completing the 1967 marathon despite being attacked by the race director at the time for being a woman. Ms Switzer’s determination to finish the race won her plaudits and paved the way to equality for women in running. Despite campaigning extensively for female participation in the sport, Switzer has not run a marathon since 2011. Such a huge challenge but we believe Katherine is more than up for it. She’s a true trailblazer that’s never stopped helping those following in her long-distance strides.
Kayleigh Haggo studies HNC Sports Coaching at Ayrshire College and never has a course fit someone so well. At just 17, she’s never let her cerebral palsy get in her way. Kayleigh’s already lengthy CV of success includes three golds in the European Paralympic Youth Games, setting 13 world records and four national age group records in swimming, race running and club throw sports. She holds the Scottish short course record in the 100m breaststroke in 2014 and 2015. She is also the holder of the Scottish records in 2014 over the long course of 50 and 100m breaststrokes and won a silver medalist in 2014 at the British Para-Swimming International meet. Kayleigh was also a Commonwealth Games baton bearer in 2014 and was named Ayrshire sportsability young athlete of the year at a charity ball that year. She’s hoping to make it to the Paralympics in 2020 and we’re super excited to see and support her there! She’s clearly got an amazing career in front of her.
Have a positive week,
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