2018 is officially the year of the woman, and what better way to celebrate than to get involved with International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March, writes Nathaniel Holland.

This year’s theme is #PressForProgress and you can get involved by using this hashtag in your social media posts. To find out more and ways to get involved check out internationalwomensday.com.

GBWR can boast a brilliant and wide network of females not only working within the organisation but representing the national and club teams on and off the court. We are also backed by a solid team of officials who work tirelessly throughout the season to ensure that our league is one of the best domestic competitions in the world.

As we profile some of the great women involved with wheelchair rugby, today we feature female table officials Sue Aldridge and Jaz Bradley (pictured above).

Aldridge has been involved with wheelchair rugby since 2009, coming from a background in basketball, a sport she is still involved with today. Bradley began officiating the sport five years ago after getting involved with her local team, DMP Bulls.

“I feel that women are now taken seriously within the sporting area, and it feels good to be accepted”, said Aldridge who was part of the officials team in the gold medal match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Bradley added: “Personally I see myself as an equal in sport, I don’t really feel any different being a female even though the majority of sports I have played have been typically male orientated including football, basketball and rugby. I do hope being a woman involved in these sports will encourage younger females to get involved.”

Aldridge, 60, lists Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Michelle Obama as two inspirational women in her life whilst Bradley gives the honour to one of her closest relations…

“My Mam is my biggest inspiration. As I was growing up she was heavily involved in the fitness, gym and body building industry. This is where my love for exercise and sport came from.”

Keep an eye out to see who will be featured in our next story which will be live on the website tomorrow.

Check out our earlier story when GBWR caught up with GB Development player Faye West

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