Women Wednesday #33
Posted on 14 June 2017
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Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba is at it again, achieving yet another world record to add to her flurry of global best times in middle and long-distance events.This time the accomplishment, her sixth world indoor record, came in Sabadell, Spain with a record 2,000 metre time of 5min 23.75sec, improving upon the previous best by Romania’s Gabriela Szabo in 1998 by seven seconds. Dibaba has just turned 26, and there is no better way to celebrate than by adding yet another record to her personal haul. The Olympic 1,500m silver medallist, who also holds the overall record for the outdoor 1,500m, has earned the world records in the indoor 1,500m, one mile, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m races. Dibaba has completely dominated the competition in her chosen distances, and will be a serious medal hopeful for Ethiopia come the 2020 Olympics in Japan, when she will be 29 years old. Excellence runs through Genzebe Dibaba’s veins, with her sisters Tirunesh Dibaba and Ejegayehu Dibaba tasting success on the track as the three-time Olympic champion and Olympic silver medallist respectively. She is also the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu. The world record-holding middle and long-distance runner is the latest champion to emerge from the famous Dibaba clan, and remains an incredible example for young runners across the globe, considering all that she has achieved before her 26th birthday.
GrlPwr Gang is a group of creative women with a whole load of sass and, you guessed it, girl power. For a sense of their vibe, just check out their Instagram which boasts more than 17,000 followers. The group come together online and in person for media networking, creative support, team projects, sharing ideas and “girl chat”, naturally. Their IRL meetings are part talk, part networking and take place once a month. Founder Kirsti Hadley explained: “GIRLS HELPING GIRLS is our mantra and there are 3 key requirements for us when accepting members, girls helping girls break into the creative industries, girls helping girls generate new revenue streams by collaborating on projects together and girls helping girls by being respectful and kind to one another. “There is a real sense of sisterhood between members because of it.” There are 50 members based in UK and LA and thousands of Instagram followers from across the globe. Membership is free, provided the potential members are willing to sign up to the GrlPwr Gang mantra, which we sure as hell do!
Born is Los Angeles, Copeland didn't start taking ballet classes until the age of 13, when she was spotted by her drill team teacher. Misty Copeland knows a thing or two about striving. Her rise to the top has been 16 years in the making, 16 years of standing up to body bullies (the ones who criticised her race, her weight and even her hair) and proving to her critics exactly what she's made of. Not that she needed to 'prove' anything. Wearing leotards and ballet shoes donated to her by the community, she carried on her training and a joined the American Ballet Theatre, her dream company, in 2001, becoming a soloist in 2007. Despite suffering a back injury, she played several lead roles, including in Swan Lake in 2014. In the 77 years of New York City's American Ballet Theatre's history, Misty was the first African-American woman to gain the prestigious principal dancer status, a status she always knew she deserved. In 2015 she was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world, while Barack Obama had appointed her as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
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