Meet Debbie, a sea swimmer with multiple health conditions.
This Girl Can is a national campaign to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle and move. It is funded by Sport England and The National Lottery. The campaign features real women being active in all their red-faced and sweaty glory. It’s bold, colourful and unapologetic.
We drive local involvement in the campaign to help Hampshire and Isle of Wight women feel confident being active.
Charlotte loved being active as a child. But when kids at school started pointing and laughing at her red face that all changed.
“As I became more aware of it, and more kids at school pointed it out and laughed, I felt more and more ashamed. I gradually stopped doing all the sports and activities that I loved because I was too embarrassed. It made me feel so miserable, but I just didn’t want anyone to see me.”
Opening up to a few close friends helped Charlotte return to what she loved. Now she’s sharing her story as part of This Girl Can Hampshire to help others find the confidence to overcome their fears.
This Girl Can celebrates women of all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds being active in their own unique ways.
It doesn’t matter what you look like or how sporty you are. Nobody gets to say how you move your body but you. And you can be active however you choose. If it gets your heart rate up, it counts.
Hop over to our Getting Active pages for inspiration.
If you would like to get involved, chat to Sara or come along to one of our Hampshire network events. The network connects people who are passionate about supporting women to move more. But we’d love local women who want to be active to join us too.
We’re always on the lookout for local stories. If you’re a Hampshire or Isle of Wight woman with an active story to tell, please share it with us. It doesn’t need to be extraordinary; the more real and relatable the better.
THIS GIRL CAN is a national campaign to encourage more women and girls to get active. The campaign is funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.