Team GSER is excited to announce our ‘Women of GSER’ series. It is a series of profiles on women who have either competed in GSER previously or are going to compete for the first time this year. This series has come about because I have monitored the stats behind the scenes for sign-ups to the event, it has indicated the percentage of men is far greater than the percentage of women. Which then made me question why?… Why is there such a low percentage of women signing up? Women have the same physical and mental capacity to undertake an ultra, just look at Courtney Dauwalter or even our own Lucy Clark.
My next question was…What can I do to encourage women to not only come and compete at GSER but feel supported to come and be involved in the trail community long term? Research shows there are many barriers that stop women from being involved in sport including feeling intimated, shamed, or judged. They feel judged on their appearance and ability, as well as prioritising others before themselves (website: www.gettingwomenactive.com.au ) If I can support and encourage other women to be active, help reduce those barriers holding them back and see them give something they thought they could never do ago then that would be the best outcome. My first step to support and encourage women in the trail community is to have our Women of GSER profile series to help highlight how unique every woman is and celebrate how strong, fierce, and determined we can be. Each woman has their own story on how they started running, their motivation to get out there, the barriers they face and overcome using different supports to reach their goals.