A few months ago, while I was sat on the sofa stuffing my face with cheese and biscuits and enjoying a nice glass of wine, an advert came on the telly that grabbed my attention, gave me goosebumps and had me reconsidering that last bit of brie! Now that’s no mean feat let me tell you!
I put down the cheese and picked up my phone to search for the hashtag #ThisGirlCan on Twitter and discovered women of all ages, shapes and abilities proudly declaring how they were getting active, despite their fear of exercise or what other people might think about them while they were doing it.
Finally, this was a campaign about exercise that was acknowledging real women like me and I really felt inspired by it!
Fast forward to Sunday 8th March, which just so happened to be International Women’s Day and I find myself in the glitzy Banqueting Hall at Newcastle Civic Centre. I was surrounded by ambassadors for the #ThisGirlCan campaign, enjoying a lovely afternoon tea and making my own pledge to be more active!
The event was organised by Active Newcastle to say thank you to everyone who has played a part in inspiring women across the city, including local ambassadors like the Welbeck Warriors, Lisa O’Keefe from Sport England and fitness trainer (and star of The Apprentice) Katie Bulmer-Cooke.
So what right did I have to be rubbing shoulders with these influential and dynamic women? Well, it just so happens that I’m an ambassador for #ThisGirlCan too! Yes, me, the cheese loving, wine swigging, wobbles when she runs, size 12!
Not only have I promised to get off the sofa and experience some of the exciting activities on offer through Active Newcastle, I’ve also featured in a little video to encourage other women to do the same, which was played on a mahoosive screen at the launch event (cringe!)
See if you can spot some of the stunning locations throughout Newcastle in the vid…
I’m so excited to try out some new sports like Aquarunning, Powerhoop and jazz dancing and thanks to the #ThisGirlCan campaign I’m not going to worry about getting it wrong or how big my bum looks in lycra!
You can check out loads of sports and activities taking place across Newcastle at www.activenewcastle.co.uk and to find out more about our beautiful parks and outdoor spaces that are perfect for walking, running and cycling click www.newcastlegateshead.com
Plus don’t forget to share your own experiences using hashtag #ThisGirlCan
By Rachel Kershaw