WSL Celebrates International Women’s Day By Honoring Women in Sport at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal
On March 8th, WSL will launch its annual International Women’s Day campaign with the goal of honoring female athletes, inspiring future generations, and bringing attention to the ongoing mission for equality in sport.
Throughout the competition, every WSL Championship Tour surfer will compete wearing the jersey of a woman in sport who inspires them. Every CT competitor has personally selected a woman to celebrate, ranging from athletes they have a personal relationship with to icons who have broken down barriers and paved the way globally.
Two-time World Champion John John Florence (HAW) chose to honor his mom, Alex Florence, as she is a surfer and skater herself and has played a large role in his pursuing his passion for surfing. Tour veteran Lakey Peterson (USA) selected Venus and Serena Williams as her honorees because of her love for tennis and the barriers they have broken on the court. Five-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) will honor surfer Megan Abubo as she has been a role model and mentor for her.
“I chose my mom just because she has been a huge inspiration for my brothers and I, and she is an amazing surfer,” said Florence. “She still goes out and surfs Pipe today. There are a lot of sessions when I wouldn’t have gone out there if she hadn’t paddled out first, so thanks mom!”
“I have always been a really big fan of tennis and both Venus and Serena Williams are huge inspirations for me,” said Peterson. “I didn’t want to choose between the both of them, so I chose just WILLIAMS to be on the back of my jersey in wanting to represent both Venus and Serena. I think they are two women who have busted down the doors of women’s sporting areas, and proven what can be done as females on the court. They are great representations off the court too. I am honestly just a massive fan of the Williams sisters, grew up watching them on tv, and I grew up playing tennis, so that is who I decided to represent on my jersey this year for International Women’s Day.”
“Megan Abubo is someone I have looked up to since I was a little girl,” said Moore. “She’s a hero of mine because of how real and down to earth she is. She took the time for me when I was young. I felt like that interaction really changed the trajectory of my career and path in life. She was so tangible, from our island. She got on the World Tour and chased her dreams and surfed big waves, and I was like wow I want to be just like her. She still shows me that same kindness and has really mentored me with her wisdom and knowledge. We’ve gotten to reconnect over Moore Aloha, my charitable foundation. She’s doing our first mentorship program with five girls. It’s going really well and it’s great to see her in her element.”
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