National Girls and Women in Sports Day Profile: Sydney Doran

Editor's Note: With National Girls and Women in Sports Day being celebrated on Feb. 5, the Lynx organization will be highlighting female athletes throughout the week. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, Education is the most effective way of remedying discrimination. Thus, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is not just a day to celebrate the achievements of women in sports to the exclusion of the achievement of male athletes. It is a day where males and females focus on (1) the importance of remedying past discrimination against women in sports, (2) the benefits of sports participation for girls, and (3) addressing the myths that have kept both boys and girls from supporting girls' sports participation; myths like "throws like a girl", girls who play sports are lesbians, girls who do gymnastics get eating disorders, etc. Today, we continue with Sydney Doran.

Name: Sydney Doran

Age:: 12

School: South View Middle School

What do you love most about sports?

I love competing in sports because it pushes me to work hard and be my best. Playing team sports gives me the chance to work together with other girls to reach a common goal. The harder my teammates work, the harder I work. When we are struggling we motivate each other with encouragement.

Who are female athletes you look up to? Why?

I admire Monica Wright because she challenges herself and steps up to a challenge. She understands her role and how important she is as part of her team and she isnt concerned about being a star.

I also admire Gabby Douglas. She practiced hard and sacrificed to reach the top in her sport and win an Olympic gold medal. When Gabby felt like giving up gymnastics because it seemed too hard on her and her family, she pushed through her fear and realized her dream by winning the gold.

Why do you think sports are important for you and other young female athletes?

Sports teach me lessons about life. They show me how important it is to work together with others, practice to improve, never give up and always try my best. Playing sports helps me build self-esteem and gain confidence, which is especially important for all girls. Playing sports also teaches me the benefits of being active and fit.

How do sports help you stay active and fit?

During my travelling basketball season (October through May) I practice 2-3 days a week and play 4-6 tournament games most weekends. During the summer months I attend several basketball camps and play league softball. Sports keep me moving all year long.

What lessons do you learn from sports that you use in everyday life?

Through sports Im learning to always keep my head up (both when Im dribbling and in my attitude for everyday life), never give up and always push myself 110% to the end (even when were losing big), and never be afraid to rely on others or ask for help.
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