Australian Jessica Watson in 2010, when, at the age of 16, she became the youngest woman to successfully sail solo around the world. She did it in 220 days.
Dutch teen, Laura Dekker, will also be 16 by the time she completes her solo sailing trip around the world this January. She took a longer time, 508 days, as she rested up in ports along the way, and did self-study of her schoolwork.
The Guinness Book of World Records has now removed all records having to do with “Youngest this” and “Youngest that” to discourage unsafe attempts by children seeking world records.
While most Americans have never even heard of basketball’s cousin, netball, take a look at the packed stadium for this match between Australia and New Zealand and ask yourself how often women’s basketball in the USA ever gets crowds like this?
Half a world away from me, of course, it’s just starting to head into summertime. Here’s some action from Australia’s Women’s National Cricket League.
Jen Cook, of the US U-19 Women’s Lacrosse team, in action against Australia who the US beat to win their fourth World Championship title in a row.
The Indiana Fever’s Erin Phillips was also a Silver Medalist for Australia’s basketball team in the 2008 Olympics.
Australian cricket player Betty Wilson, who passed away in January, 2010.
Betty was the first cricket player ever, male or female, to score both a century and take 10 wickets in a Test match. She started playing cricket when she was 14, devoted her whole life to cricket (After a fiance dumped her once because she wouldn’t stop playing, she said, “I guess I’m married to cricket.”) and was never paid for a single match.
She was the first female cricketer named to the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and her name adorns the trophy for the national Under-21 female Championships.
In the four-team cricket tournament being held between England, Australia, New Zealand and India, England defeated Australia by 34 runs in the Finals to win the tournament. Here they are celebrating their win.
Austalia’s striker Kyah Simon (2ndL) celebrates with teammates after scoring the 1-1 goal during the Group D match of the FIFA women’s football World Cup Australia vs Norway on July 6, 2011 in Leverkusen, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (via world cup - Photo Gallery - Yahoo! Sports)
Speaking of cricket, there is a quadrangluar tournament going on right now between Australia, India, England and New Zealand.
Here is Clea Smith congratulating Sarah Coyte for hitting the winnings runs off the final ball of the match against India in Australia’s nail biting win.
Lauren Colthorpe of Australia runs with the ball during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Group D match between Australia and Equatorial Guinea at the Fifa Womens World Cup Stadium on July 3, 2011 in Bochum, Germany. (via Photo from Getty Images)
Australia won the match 3-2 and kept their hopes alive of advancing past the group stage.
Australians Molly Taylor and Rebecca Smart are the only full-time all-female team in this year’s 2011 World Rally Championship. (Molly on the left, Rebecca on the right).
They are part of the WRC Academy program where young drivers are given a chance to compete in six rallies in the WRC in identical Ford Focus R2s without having to come up with the funding to cover the expenses of the cars, mechanics, etc.
Shelley Nitschke of the Australian women’s cricket team against New Zealand. Check out her arms!
Cricket women love to swing around their big bats…
Shelly Nitschke of Australia against England
I know I’m guilty of being a bit USA-centric in my sports news, so to counter-balance, always good to have some cricket (a sport I LOVE)…
Laura Marsh of England against Australia
“I’m active to build my inner strength.” -Jessica Retallak
Gotta love it!
Jessica Retallack is Australia’s own million dollar baby! The Australian Featherweight Boxing Champion has her sights set on a place on the Australian team for the London Olympic Games in 2012. The 19-year-old has been
boxing since her early teens but was regularly told she did not look the part. But despite appearances Jess has a heart like a lion with fire in her belly!
She is dedicated and committed to her dream and best of all she does it all with a smile!
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