This week's athlete was chosen due to her courage to stand up on a worldwide stage and deliver and important message about women in sports and women everywhere.
Alexia Putellas and the rest of Spain's National Football (soccer) Team are looking to create change as the fallout from their World Cup controversy continues. If you haven't heard, the now former President of the Spanish Soccer Federation has resigned after an unconcentual kiss to midfielder Jenni Hermoso after winning the World Cup last month.
Putellas also plays for FC Barcelona Femeni, which became the first sports team to win the Medal of Honor from the Catalan parliment. She used that platform to deliver a strong message:
“We are the first men’s or women’s team to be distinguished with this Medal of Honour — this would have been unthinkable five, 15, 20 years ago, but it has happened. This has not been achieved from scratch, so I would like to thank all those pioneers who, before our arrival, promoted women’s sport at Barca or in other organizations. This medal also belongs to them, we are very aware of that.”
“At Barca, we are helping to build a fairer, more equal society with more opportunities through football. Our efforts and our victories are making us a point of reference for many children, young people and adults. Our commitment to women’s sport and society is unquestionable, but we need more help to keep growing, so that this is not just a fad. And here, if I may, I would like to demand more support for women’s football, more and better facilities, more pitches and more investment at grassroots level.”
“There is still a long way to go, as we are seeing these days with the serious situation we are facing with the [RFEF] and the changes we are all asking for so that no woman, inside or outside football, ever has to live a situation of disrespect or abuse.”
“We need consensus, courage and leadership from the institutions. We will not stop here. Those who fought before us deserve it, we deserve it for the effort we make every day and all the girls and boys who today dream of being like us deserve it. We will not fail you.”
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