Women’s sports and prize money

A few short links for you today, that are kind of related.

1.  If you’re in the UK, you might have seen a lot of things on various BBC sites on the different between prize money for women and men in the same sports.  That’s partly to do with this BBC report, which does a sport-by-sport comparison (including the Para-sports, which really suffer here) – and there’s an article about it too on the BBC site.

2.  One of the places this has been talked about is on BBC Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour, where superstar Emma Pooley was discussing the issues.  If you missed it, listen here (if it’s restricted, you might need something like Hola set to the UK)

3.  Helen Wyman‘s latest blog on Cyclingnews talks about the work she’s been doing on prize money within cyclocross, and how she worked with Twenty20 Cycles to get equal prize money for the women at Saturday’s Koppenbergcross.  Helen also talked to me recently about how since men’s cyclocross in Belgium is pretty much at saturation point, so women’s cycling is the obvious way to bring in more audience – that’s in part 1 of my interview with her, in part 2 she talks more about her work with the UCI.

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Photos!!! Social Media Jersey Winners in photographic form

Mark it down in your calendars kids! Today we received our very first photo of one of our Social Media Jersey prize winners with their prize. Sarah’s posted the general prize update here, so I won’t re-hash all that. What we will do is use this post as the place to post new photos as we get them. We may also add comments or quotes from the winners, or possibly make up stories (hint: the made up stories are italicised).

20/11/12 Here’s our overall winner, Emma Trott, wearing her Jersey!

Emma is the winningest winner we’ve ever had when it comes to the Social Media Jersey and we’re proud that she’s added such a prestigious award to her palmares at such an early age. Emma is also the youngest ever winner of the social media jersey, the best looking, the richest, the funniest, the smartest, the toothiest, the hairiest, the smelliest, the sweetest, the kindest, the most articulate, the Britishest, the fastest and the fury-est. Good job Emma!

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Social Media Jersey Winners, Rewards and dammit maths is hard!

Hey there sexy people. I say sexy, because you’ve all contributed to creating the coolest and soon to be most-universally significant prize in cycling history. Well done to you all, through your promotion of our fundraising and competition you’ve helped us to raise over $3500 US to give back to a host of very deserving riders.

Basically you’re fucking awesome. So thanks!

In the end we had 30 nominees from our three races and a HEAP of cool blog posts, tweets, facebook updates, pictures and other social media stuff to wrap our heads around. Once the voting took off, it really took off. We had something like 4000 million votes on the first day. In the end I think everyone on earth voted at least twice. Or I’m making those stats up and the real number is more like 4605 (it actually is 4605). Point is, it was great and we had a lot of fun. We hope you did too. But the very best part is that we raised enough money to be able to award 11 prizes this year, which is really fucking cool.

Just to keep things tantalising (and to piss you off if you’re using an RSS reader) I’m going to announce our winners after the jump.

The 2012 (and first ever) Unofficial, Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey winner is…

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