Simone's historical performance where she swam to victory in the 100m freestyle final for USA became the first black female to win a gold medal in the swimming event. Manuel recognised this achievement and hopes she has inspired many others into the sport, “The medal is not just for me, it's for some of the African-Americans who have been before me and been inspirations”.
“I would like there to be a day where there are more of us and it's not 'Simone the black swimmer' “
Simone has continued to relish at the Olympics playing her part in the Women's 4x100m medley relay coming away with another Gold medal. Simone also secured two Silver medals in the Women's 50m freestyle and Women's 4x100m freestyle relay.
Sporting Equals exists to actively promote greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged especially the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population in sport and physical activity. We are the primary driver and funding channel for national and regional programmes in this field.
Our Mission and Aims
Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity, and is the only organisation in the UK to do so. Originally set up in 1998 by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, we are now a fully independent body with a well-established mission.
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Key Stats and Facts
Diversity in sport and physical activity is crucially important for reasons of social inclusion and health, as well as for the standard of sporting excellence and the future of local clubs. The statistics demonstrate why the work of Sporting Equals matters.
Rebecca 'Becky' Downie