Media and Blogger Resources: Samantha Rippington

Samantha Rippington

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.) 

Useful resources:

Full text of press release: Female canoeist claims LOGOG is in breach of Equality Act 2010

Images held on Flickr

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:

Please note: email addresses have extra spaces to prevent spam harvesters.

Media contacts:


Kathleen Lahey, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston Ont. Canada

Tel. 613/545-0828  e: kal2 @


Pam Boteler, President, WomenCAN International – A Global Voice for Equality in Olympic Canoeing

Tel: (703) 731-9558  e: pam @

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.



  • By John Ruston, July 25, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Just saw an item on this business. Was a bit shocked. I feel it is an important issue and Samantha Rippington is very brave to challenge the powers that be. I draw your attention to this site ….

    I wish her the best of luck in her efforts and hope she does not get too depressed about the attitudes expressed by the opposition.
    John (CG 66. Kayak “GINO”) an elderly sea kayaker. North Antrim.

  • By claireatwaves, August 7, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    I’ve passed your comments on to Sam. Thanks for your support, John

  • By John Ruston, September 8, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    The Olympic season is nearly over – hopefully support for this gutsy kayaker does not dry up. I would like to stay abreast of developments. Will there be a notice-board for the public ??
    John Ruston, Co.Antrim

  • By claireatwaves, September 9, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    Thanks for your continued support John. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

  • By John Ruston, November 18, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I just saw this in a report from November’s ICF St. Petersburg Conference ….(Gender Equality Workshop) … “The President mentioned what he had said at the Board Meeting held directly before the Workshop that he is working very hard in discussions with the IOC to ensure the inclusion of the Women’s Canoe category at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
    Is this news as good as it seems or are the powers that be just playing for time??

  • By claireatwaves, November 19, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this John. I’ll pass your comments to the legal team, who I imagine are already aware. Thank you so much for your continued interest.

  • By claireatwaves, November 20, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Hello John

    I’ve had this drawn to my attention, completely independently of anything to do with Sam’s case.

    As it’s in the public domain, and pertinent to your question, I thought it appropriate to post it here:

  • By John Ruston, November 22, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Thanks for this !! Here’s a link to the event video. Cracking speeed ! I just can’t see why there should be any problems except hide-bound man-think. I have a sporty daughter and I hate the thought that anything is closed to her on gender grounds. Sometimes listening to athlete acquaintances I hear quite worrying right wing echoes – the worrying bit is that so often their daughters actually agree with them – this can include female competitors who being OK in their own discipines can’t see need for change elsewhere. Can’t name names !Thanks for keeping me posted. John.

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