Samantha Rippington is challenging the gender bias of the Olympic sports programme.
Born in Kent, but living and working in Reading, Samantha Rippington, 27, is a British world class canoeist, and a keen champion of canoeing for women in the UK and Worldwide.
Until recently ‘C’ class sprint canoeing (High Kneeling) has been the principle domain of men – there are only men’s events in the current Olympic programme.
Women are now proving that they too can master the skills and have the dedication to be competitive at world class level – Samantha amongst them. Many countries throughout the world are developing Women’s teams and more and more national and international competitions are including such events for women.
Great Britain has been somewhat late in recognising this trend but Samantha Rippington is amongst those leading the drive to correct this situation. She has been paddling in the C1 and C2 classes for more than four years, despite the difficulties of funding and awareness of the sport.
Recent awards and medals:
- Gold: International Pas de Calais, 2012, C2 500m women
- Bronze: International Pas de Calais, 2012, C1 500m women
- National Champion 2011, C1 women’s 200m
Sam was also awarded a Canoe England Volunteer and Recognition Award in 2010 for her youth development work.
(Sam’s previous records have include Silver (500m) and bronze (200m) medal at the Exhibitions race at World Championships in 2009 in Canada.)
Full text of press release: Female canoeist claims LOGOG is in breach of Equality Act 2010
Kayaking and canoeing definitions
Website: Garden Court Chambers
Profile: Marguerite Russell
Statement of support: WomenCAN
Interesting article (opinion piece, unrelated to case): Why isn’t women’s canoe in the Olympics?
Contacts for media information and to co-ordinate interviews:
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Kathleen Lahey, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston Ont. Canada
Tel. 613/545-0828 e: kal2 @ queensu.ca
Pam Boteler, President, WomenCAN International - A Global Voice for Equality in Olympic Canoeing
Tel: (703) 731-9558 e: pam @ womencanintl.com
UK/rest of World:
Claire Thompson, Waves PR – e: claire at wavespr dotcom
Tel +44(0) 118 946 1320 m: +44(0) 7771 817015
Regarding the legal challenge:
Garden Court Chambers +44 (0) 20 7993 7600.