Olympic star’s fitness drive

Joslyn Hoyte-Smith
Joslyn Hoyte-Smith

An Olympic medallist has given her backing to a campaign to get more Sheffield women into sport and exercise.

Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, a bronze medallist at the 1980 games as part of the Great Britain 4x400m relay team, has thrown her weight behind the Sport England “This Girl Can” initiative which kicked off earlier this year.

She said: “I’ve seen the impact that This Girl Can has had on the community and women in sport so far and I want that to continue.”

The project was launched by Sheffield City Trust (SCT) earlier this year.

As part of the second phase of the campaign, the charity has organised a host of free activity sessions for women of all ages and abilities to improve their health and wellbeing this summer.

SCT’s charitable objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities.

Women-only sessions organised by SCT in June included free female weekends, with women benefitting from free entry into iceSheffield for ice skating, as well as free entry into swimming pools and leisure centres.

Female beginners have also been able to try their hand at golf for free at Beauchief Golf Course during June and July.

SCT will also be hosting a cross-company Women’s Workplace Challenge competition at newly-revamped high ropes adventure course Altitude on 15 July.

Joslyn said: “It’s great to see all the different things that have happened across the city, with women being encouraged to just enjoy their sport, hassle-free.”

SCT’s Fitness Unlimited gym membership scheme has the highest level of female participation in the UK with 8,650 women signed u.

Dawn Hickman, who is a director at SCT, said: “The first phase was a big success and we’re delighted with the response from local women during phase two.”