Women In Sport Struggle To Get Same Recognition As Men: Fraser Pryce

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William Mitchell reports.

Sprint Queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, may well be recognized in history as the greatest female sprinter of all time, but she says women in the sport struggle to get the same recognition as men, despite doing more.

The Olympic and World Champion says it’s time more emphasis is placed on females in athletics.

Mrs. Fraser Pryce was named yesterday one of the 100 most influential and inspiring women in 2019 by the BBC.

She was speaking on Cliff Hughes On Line today.

The year 2019 could well go down as the year of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.

The sprint world had been hit by doping scandals and attendance has dropped at major competitions since Usain Bolt’s retirement in 2017.

Since then, the sport has been looking for a new face for athletics.
The year Bolt ended his career, Shelly-Ann was bringing her baby boy, Zyon, into the world.

Four world championship gold medals in the 100-metre sprint and two Olympic gold medals in the same event and Olympic and World Championship gold medals in the 200-metre sprints over the last 11 years have placed Shelly-Ann firmly in the conversation of Greatest of All Time.

But, the sprint queen says women still struggle to get the same recognition as men.

Mrs. Fraser-Pryce says she trained up to the fifth month of her pregnancy with Zyon.

She says she had to balance being a first time mother with being a full time athlete.

But, she wants women to be viewed as more than mothers and care- givers.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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