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PremierLeague-News.Com - As one of the few sports where we consistently achieve as a nation, it's time we parked the sexist stereotypes
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! When the England Netball team won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, I hoped it would be a pivotal moment for the sport. In the wake of the historic victory – that iconic last-second goal to beat the Aussies on their home turf – the team were on the back pages and even some front pages of the papers, they made the 10 O’clock news, they were interviewed on BBC Breakfast. They even won team of the year at the 2018 BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards. And yet, four years later, as England set out to defend their title at a home Commonwealth Games, netball fans are still battling for coverage and facing ridicule, sexist insults and archaic stereotypes from critics online.You would be forgiven for thinking that winning a gold medal at the last Games would secure netball as a staple event of the competition. But, despite the fact that every netball match is sold-out, with thousands more desperate to watch at home, some of the biggest match-ups aren’t even making it onto the BBC red button stream. For the anticipated group-stage clash between Jamaica and South Africa – teams ranked fourth and fifth in the world – fans had to resort to following updates on Twitter. There has also been a lack of clarity and communication about which games are going to be shown, leaving many scrambling to find a way to watch at the last minute. But the lack of respect for the sport doesn’t end there. On social media, outdated and insulting stereotypes about netball are rife.More from OpinionBoris Johnson will exploit the resignation honours tradition, even if it embarrasses the Queen03 August, 2022Euro 2022 legacy: Why the Department for Education could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory02 August, 2022Trying to relax on holiday is stressful, perhaps the activity obsessed have it right after all02 August, 2022One Twitter post this week – by a verified journalist with almost 50,000 followers – branded netball “the most boring sport of all”, adding that “only mean girls like netball”. Whether the comments were intended to be lighthearted or not, it’s a trope that reeks of misogyny and suggests a complete lack of understanding of the modern game. While hundreds of netball-lovers on Twitter leapt to the sport’s defence, it was disheartening to see the number of replies taking enthusiastic swipes at netball, most resorting to outdated misconceptions about the game being static, slow and requiring a low level of skill.
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. I could mention the unbelievable strength, speed and agility required of athletes at the top levels of the game. Or the fact that it is the largest team sport for women in England and recorded the highest ever participation levels last year. But, frankly, I am sick of saying it. I am sick of having to defend a sport that has proved time and time again that it is worthy of coverage, support, and financial backing. I am sick of lazy criticisms that fail to acknowledge that netball is one of the few sports where we, as a nation, consistently achieve. I am sick of fighting for netball to be respected simply because it is a female-led sport. As the Lionesses bask in the glory of their monumental Euros win, the conversation has turned to legacy. How do we ensure this moment endures? That their win is a significant and permanent step forward for women’s sport in this country – a step that will inspire subsequent generations and make professional sport a real option for the young girls who are watching? It is fantastic that these questions are being asked. The focus is now on building support for the Women’s Super League, making sure these Lionesses remain household names, generating interest from sponsors and commercial partners. A moment like this for netball is long overdue. England brought netball home in 2018, and as we approach the halfway point of their title defence campaign, I hope more people will see the value of this achievement and recognise that, at the very least, this sport deserves everyone’s respect.Natalie Morris is an author and freelance journalist
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