Women Wednesday #30
Posted on 24 May 2017
101-year-old Man Kaur is a gold medal-winning athlete from Chandigarh, India. Kaur took home three gold medals at the World Masters Games in New Zealand this week, coming in first place in the 100m and 200m sprints and the javelin categories. True, there was no one else competing against her in the 100-and-over age group – but that didn’t dampen Kaur’s enthusiasm one bit. Kaur did a happy little victory dance after completing the 100m dash in 1:14:00 on Monday, cheered on by a watching crowd. The Times of India reports that Kaur’s winning time was “a mere 64:42 seconds off” Usain Bolt’s world record. This amazing woman only took up athletics eight years ago at the age of 93, and has since competed in dozens of masters athletics meets around the world, and Kaur insists that the New Zealand games will not be the last time she competes. Kaur is an amazing woman and we hope we’re as full of life at her age! Next time you think to yourself that it’s too late to start something new, just remember Kaur.
Prom, when you’re a high school student in America, is a big deal. And, as all of those insane internet “promposals” have proven, finding a date for the dance is an even bigger deal. However, when 17-year-old Priscilla Samey wasn’t asked to prom, she wasn’t bothered. At all. Instead, the high school senior – who recently accepted an offer to attend Harvard – decided to take along one of her seven Ivy League University acceptance letters (yup, she was also offered places at Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia, and Brown) as her date. Tweeting a photo of herself with her #Harvard2021 hunk, Samey wrote: “Couldn’t find a man to accept me for prom, so I took a college that did.” Talk about inspirational. Who needs a man anyway? Not Priscilla for sure.
(Xan Rice / The Guardian)
Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a nine-year-old in the sprawling and impoverished Katwe slum of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Back in 2005, Mutesi discovered a chess program held in a church in the Katwe slum districts in Kampala. Potential players were enticed with a free cup of porridge, and Mutesi began organising her days around her visits to the church. “It was so interesting,” she said of her introduction to pawns, rooks and kings in 2005. “But I didn’t go there for chess, I went just to get a meal.”
The young girl developed a talent for chess, which was introduced in Uganda in the 1970s by foreign doctors and is still seen as a game predominantly played by the rich. “I like chess because it involves planning,” said Mutesi. “If you don’t plan, you will end up with a bad life.” Two years into the game, Mutesi became Uganda’s national women’s junior champion, retaining the title the following year. She participated in her first big competition, Africa’s International Children’s Chess Tournament, in South Sudan in 2009. Mutesi’s goal is to rise to the level of Grandmaster, the highest level a chess player can attain, but she also hopes to become a paediatrician and open a home for children, to help girls facing challenges similar to those from her own childhood. “Girls are always overlooked, even in chess,” said Mutesi. “But I don’t think there’s any reason why a girl cannot beat a boy. It comes from believing in yourself.” Mutesi is an incredible young woman who we hope achieves all her goals and more.
Have a positive week,
Love Neon Moon x