A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bath university to see England play Australia. They won. It was awesome.
It was the first proper live netball match I have watched that wasn’t being played by slightly wobbly mums, and it was incredibly inspiring – we all came away absolutely buzzing, and with big plans for our own netball team.
Less inspiring though was the team mascot. The event was packed out with women and girls, and yet at half time they got this:
Seriously. WTF?? Words actually failed me for a moment.
This is what we want young girls and women in sport to be inspired by is it? Some sort of Bratz/sex doll hybrid? Surely the human body can’t even hold up hair that big?
It was absolutely shocking.
They were featured in the programme too, because obviously all girls love hearts and cupcakes and what not. Not sport.
There was an interview with Petal in the programme too, where she was asked all sorts of probing, sports related questions, like where her fashion inspiration comes from. Glee apparently.
Am I being unreasonable to be shocked by this?