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Shelley Rudman puts the WoW in Wiltshire women's sport
Skeleton bobsled World Champion Shelley Rudman yesterday helped launch a campaign encouraging more women to get involved in sport.
Shelley, 31, from Pewsey, attended the WoW Fit event at County Hall, in Trowbridge, which aims to highlight the sporting opportunities available to women and girls as well as increasing participation.
Shelley, who achieved her title in St Moritz, Switzerland, earlier this year, was joined by other ambassadors for the project at the launch.
“It is brilliant to be asked to start this campaign as it is something that is really close to my heart,” she said. “I have seen a huge decline in those involved in sports and it is something the campaign aims to put right.
“I know how hard it can be for women to juggle their family lives, I have a career outside sport and a five-year-old who goes to school. But, there are still ways around this and routes for women to take part in sport and physical activities.”
The launch finished with a surprise zumba session which drew a large number of people.
Wiltshire Council service director Maggie Rae, who took part in the zumba, said: “Nothing is more important physical health and we would encourage every woman to get involved in activities across the region.”
It is estimated only 19 per cent of women in Wiltshire take part in the recommended minimum of three 30 minute sessions of exercise per week and WoW Fit aims to improve this.
Activities on offer to women across the region include netball, cricket, rugby, football and running.
While, the campaign is also running a survey encouraging women to recommend other sporting activities they’d like to see available to participate in.
For more information visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wowfit.