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17 inspiring and motivational quotes from women in sport

I constantly look to others for inspiration.  The challenges and obstacles that each person faces on a daily basis will be different for everyone, but I am a strong believer in the fact that it’s not the obstacle that defines us, but how we overcome it.  This is especially true when I find myself needing encouragement and motivation.  Reading and the power of words is incredible, and below is a collection of empowering quotations from women in sport that are remarkable in showing strength, resilience and the sheer grit needed to achieve.

There’s such an incredible amount of places where we can find inspiration, but the trouble, more often than not, is to know where to look.

One of the many reasons why I thoroughly enjoy sports is the positive and encouraging environment that it offers.  You really aren’t far away from a story that can impact you in a way, whether it’s at grass roots level or national – the hunger to achieve is felt equally across all avenues, and that in itself is uplifting.

Kate Richardson-Walsh is a shining example of an excellent role model who I have personally drawn courage and inspiration from.  In a recent Guardian article it was outlined that she “want[s] a young person to turn on the TV, open the paper and have a balanced view of the world”.  This is Kate’s dream, but also a dream that we can all say that we want for girls across the country.  When you see that 5 year old in full kit running after the football, making her own fun whilst her brothers are playing on the pitch in a Saturday league game, we are reminded about how we still need to push forward for equality.  We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a way to go.  One positive to remember is: “we’re not there yet, but thank God we’re not where we used to be.”  Onwards and upwards.

True champions aren’t always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.

– Mia Hamm, Women’s Football


Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts.  That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.

– Bethany Hamilton, Surfer

You miss 100% of the opportunities you don_t take. I believe that both on and off the pitch.

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.

– Serena Williams, Tennis

Be the best version of yourself: for yourself, your team mates, and everyone you’re representing.

– Kate Richardson-Walsh, Hockey

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

– Billie Jean King, Tennis

I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace.

– Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track and Field

The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.

– Jessica Ennis-Hill, Track and Field

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.

– Jackie Joyner- Kersee, Track and Field

My sports made me a more focused, sharper, more determined and stronger person than I was before. It’s a mental game — the stronger you are the better you are.

— Kiran Khan, Olympic Swimmer


Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.

– Mia Hamm, Women’s Football

I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.

– Simone Biles, Gymnastics

If it is easy, then you are doing it wrong.

– Gabby Williams, guard, UConn Basketball Team.

The most important thing is to be honest about yourself. Secrets weigh heavy and it’s when you try to keep everything to yourself that it becomes a burden. You waste energy agonising when you could be living your life and realising your dreams.

– Nicola Adams, Boxing

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.

– Mary Lou Retton, Gymnatics

Find something you love and make it your life.  That is the only way to be successful.

– Hannah Cockroft, Wheelchair Sprinter  

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