Meet Sarah Moon..
Sport gives Sarah a purpose and makes her feel strong. As part of This Girl Can week, Sarah tell us about her experience competing at three world championships and talks to us about her biggest role model in sport.
Year of study: 2nd Year
Course studied: Biomedical Science
What sports do you play: Archery ( compound)
How often: 6-7 days a week
What is your best sporting achievement?
- Three Junior world championship 2017 medals from the same event,
- Gold: Mixed team World Champion
- Silver: individual
- Silver: Womens team
Few people have ever won a world championship medal let alone 3. It was a phenomenal experience in every sense, I felt a lot of pride standing on the podium representing my country. I had only been shooting compound two years at that time so to have an outcome like that was beyond anything I could have dreamed of.
How do you feel when you are competing in your chosen sport?
I feel strong and like I have a purpose. My equipment is heavy and took years of hard training to be able to hold and control, I find it satisfying when all the work pays off and I see the results in my scores.
Do you think it is important for women to be well represented in sport? (Why)
Yes, Women are approximately 50% of the population and many participate in sport like their male counterparts so they should be equally represented and have their opinions and achievements heard.
What are the benefits sport and physical activity can offer to people?
Sport gets people moving despite an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, without sport people wouldn’t get enough activity.
Participating in sport reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There is also the social side to sport, it allows people to meet others with a common interest and develop a new social circle.
Do you have a female role model that you most identify with and why?
My female role model is a compound archer like myself and she is a former athlete from the GB paralympic squad. Danielle Brown MBE has many international medals but it is her attitude towards the sport that I admire, even though she has a disability she never let it stop her from achieving.
She got right to the top, world number one and shot as part of the able-bodied squad. Now she helps others, working as a sport psychologist, writing books and working with children in schools to help them participate in sport. Her passion for sport is remarkable and I hope to inspire others like she has.
- Category: Sport