Since the last century women started taking vested interest in sports. Given the freedom women-kind has achieved in the past century, it allowed greater female participation in sports. Today women are virtually competing in all sports in amateur or professional level like spying or etc. Reflecting this change in our modern society, current emphasis is given on gender parity.
Over the year, a number of women coaches have lead team to great heights in the sports world. Today we are going to take a look at the 10 greatest female coaches of our time.
10. Otryadyn Gündegmaa
Otryadyn Gündegmaa is a shooter from Mongolia. She is an Olympic athlete having competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. In the 1996 Olympics she had finished fifth and in 2008 Olympics she won silver in 25m sporting pistol. Gündegmaa also participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
9. Sandra Sassine
Sandra Sassine is a fencer hailing from Canada. She is known to have competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the team sabre as well as the individual events. In the 2008 women’s sabre she was placed at 28th. Sassine was part of the Canadian team when they finished in 7th place in women’s sabre. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in women’s individual sabre event but lost.
8. Hope Powell
Hope Patricia Powell CBE was a former footballer for Britain. She made her debut at the age of 16 and went on to play in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Playing primarily as an attacking midfielder, Powell has scored 35 goals. One of the most influential LGBT personal in the UK, Powell is a graduate in Sport Science and History. She has got 66 caps as a player. In 1998, she was appointed as the first full-time coach ever for the national team. Until 2013, she coached the women’s national football team and women’s Olympic football team. Powell was awarded the highest coaching license – UEFA Pro Licence in 2003.
Ali Bernard is a wrestler from America. She has been wrestling in Greco-Roman style since high school. But since, for women Greco-Roman-style is not yet an Olympic sport, Bernard competes in freestyle 72 kg class. In 2008, she qualified for the Summer Olympics by beating 2004 bronze medal-winner Katie Downing twice. Bernard also participated in the 2011 World Wrestling Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey.
6. Lesley Thompson
Lesley Allison Thompson-Willie is a rowing coxswain from Canada. She is the only sports person in rowing to have competed at seven Olympic Games from 1984 to 2012. She won gold medals in five of them. She has got a number of medals to her name and is the first sportsperson from Canada to win medals from five different Olympics Games. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Thompson currently coaches the national team besides teaching physical education at a school. Thompson was inducted in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994.
Christine Girard is a weightlifter from Canada. When Girard began weightlifting at an early age, it quickly became her passion and soon enough she started competing. At 16, in 2001, she was chosen as a member of the national team and went to Greece. A year later she participated at the Commonwealth Games and won a bronze. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, she won silver. At the 2012 London Olympics, Girard became the first woman from Canada to win a medal in weightlifting. Throughout her career, Girard has won multiple medals in several competitions. She coaches at her own weightlifting club called the Kilophile Weightlifting Club and at other notable fitness centres.
4. Ingrid Klimke
Ingrid Klimke is an eventing rider from Germany. She rides a horse named Abraxxas in both eventing and dressage. Being the daughter of an equestrian, Klimke began riding from a very young age but never considered taking it up as a career. She tried her hand at a bank job, then teaching, before finally taking the plunge into equestrianism. Klimke has won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics respectively. In 2012 the German Equestrian Federation appointed her as ‘Reitmeister’ (meaning Riding Master). She became the second woman to be appointed to that position.
3. Holly Brooks
Brooks is a cross country skier hailing from America. She started skiing when she was quiet young. Their family had a cabin at Snoqualmie Pass where she took lessons. Soon she started competing in championships. Between 2001 and 2004, she competed for Whitman College but after 2009, Brooks competed recreationally. In 2010, it was announced that she has qualified for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Books ended up competing in 5 events at the Olympics. Her nomination was a surprise, since she wasn’t a fulltime skier and had only recently begun considering competing in the high-level championships. Brooks currently coaches at APU.
2. Christie Patricia Rampone
Christie Patricia Rampone was a professional soccer player from America. Currently she is the captain of the US women’s national soccer team. In 2009, she simultaneously played for Sky Blue FC and coached the team leading to victory at the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer Playoffs. That year she was named WPS Sportswoman of the Year. Rampone is the most capped person in the history of the sports. In 2015, she participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final becoming the oldest woman to do so.
1. Mary Joe Fernández Godsick
Mary Joe Fernández Godsick is professional tennis player from America. She first came to notice in the Orange Bowl junior championship where she won four titles in a row. Then at 14, she won a main draw match at the U.S. Open 1985, becoming the youngest players to do so. Her highest career ranking has been no 4 in the year 1990. She reached to the finals of her first Grand Slam singles in 1990 and has won women’s doubles Grand Slam title twice. Thrice she was the runner-up of Grand Slam singles. Godsick has won two Olympic gold medals. She coached the U.S. Fed Cup team as well as U.S. Olympic tennis team in 2012.