Volvo Ocean Race: Annie Lush welcomes 'golden age' for women's sport


Last Updated: 19/08/14 8:46pm

Annie Lush of Team SCA during training for the Volvo Ocean Race

Olympic sailor Annie Lush believes England's Rugby World Cup triumph is further proof that we have entered a golden age for women's sport in Britain.

Lush is part of the all-female Team SCA crew competing in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race which begins in October and will be featured on Sky Sports News’ Sportswomen show.

Earlier this month, Liverpool Ladies midfielder Fara Williams became England's most capped player ever and just a week ago mother-of-two Jo Pavey defied the odds to claim European 10,000m gold at the age of 40.

And Lush is proud of the recent achievements of the women flying the flag for sport in this country.

"All of those achievements are really inspiring and have put Britain on the map not just in terms of sport but also in terms of female sport," Lush told Sky Sports.

"It's taken a while but it's nice to see women finally get the media coverage they deserve.

"One of my first events was the Oxbridge rowing race in 2001. Oxbridge rowing can be quite traditional but next year will be the first time the women's boat race will be televised alongside the men's and that’s a big thing.

"I've also played rugby alongside some girls who have played at a national level and I was always inspired by them as athletes.

"They showed a tremendous amount of dedication to the sport with such little coverage and sometimes no coverage at all.

"So I'm especially pleased for the England women's rugby team. I have been a supporter of theirs for a long time and I really admire what they do."

Lush represented Britain at London 2012 where she competed alongside Lucy and Kate MacGregor in the short-course match-racing event.

And the 34-year-old, who hails from Poole in Dorset, is pleased to see Britain's high-achieving sportswomen finally get the recognition they deserve.

"As a woman it's particularly exciting to see some of our women doing better than the men, with the greatest respect to all our male athletes," she said.

"In the past I think sometimes British sport has been measured in terms of male performance and now I think a lot of women are superseding their male counterparts and it's nice to see people acknowledging their successes.”