finding empowerment

An experience based inquiry seeking to explore the meaning(s) of empowerment and the impact of sport and outdoor adventure in empowering women and girls, based in their stories.


Case Study 6: Anna-Marie Watson, Ultra Runner.

Anna-Marie Watson is one of the UK's leading ultra runners, she is currently ranked 7th in the Ultra Trail World Tour Annual Women's Rankings and has won both the Half Marathon des Sables (2017) and the Salomon Cappadocia Ultra (2016).

Watch the film here: #FindingEmpowerment Anna-Marie Watson

Case Study 5: Lizzie Carr

Through stand up paddle boarding, Lizzie Carr not only found a way to help restore her wellbeing after treatment for cancer, but also found a purpose – environmental activism.

Read the article here: #FindingEmpowerment Lizzie Carr


Case Study 4: Sophie Kamlish, Paralympian and World Champion

​Sophie Kamlish shares her thoughts on what sport and in particular being good at sprinting has brought to her life.
Watch the film here: #FindingEmpowerment Sophie Kamlish

Case Study 3: GB Junior fencer Bronwen Granville and her coach

Tim Miles

​As part of our #FindingEmpowerment project, Danielle filmed a video interview with Junior GB Fencer Bronwen Granville and her coach Tim Miles. Hear what they had to say on the power of sport and what we can learn from it.
Watch the films here: #FindingEmpowerment Bronwen Granville &Tim Miles

Case Study 2: ULTRA ATHLETE, Francesca Eyre

As part of our #FindingEmpowerment project, Danielle spoke to Francesca Eyre who didn’t discover sport until after she’d had three children but now takes part in ultra endurance events.

Read the article here: #FindingEmpowerment Francesca Eyre

Case Study 1: Boxer, Stacey Copeland

As part of our #findingempowerment project Nicola spoke to professional boxer, former footballer  and all round #strongMCRwoman Stacey Copeland about acceptance in sport, notions of femininity and keeping on the fight for equality in boxing for women.

Read the article here: #FindingEmpowerment Stacey Copeland

WOW Bradford - Sports empowerment workshop

Our #findingempowerment project kicked off in style at the prestigious WOW Festival in Bradford on Saturday 18 November. We hosted a workshop alongside Ezdihar Abdulmula, Co-founder - Bradford Cobras Basketball team and campaigner for players to be allowed to wear the Hijab, #FIBAAllowHijab.

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About the project

So often, when women speak about their experiences of sport and adventure the word “empowering” crops up in the narrative - from either women themselves or the journalist, filmmaker, writer or others framing the story. (Watch out - now we said that, you’ll hear it EVERYWHERE!)


In fact the idea of sport as ‘empowering for women’ is internationally recognised as an important one,“Sport has huge potential for empowering women and girls” UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri

But we have a bit of a problem we want to share...

We’re not sure what we mean when we say ‘empowering’? We’re not sure if we all mean or experience the same thing? In fact, we seriously doubt that we do. And we want to know more about how sport and outdoor adventure can be ‘empowering’ and also what

about when they are not?


At Find It Film our mission is to use film to inspire, encourage and showcase women and girls as role models in the pursuit of getting more people active in sport and outdoor adventure. So it matters to us that we understand more about this idea of ‘empowerment’, directly through the experiences and stories of women and girls.


We’re starting a journey to research, talk to, film, blog and generally explore and record these experiences and views. In fact, we’re interested in getting creative and using all sorts of mediums to open the conversation. We want to collaborate with others to share and broaden the dialogue.


If we’re honest, we’re not really sure where the journey will take us. But we are starting the conversation and we will be sharing regularly here where we are heading and what we have learnt.  


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