International Women’s Day

8th March 2023

Today is International Women’s Day and the theme of 2023 is #EmbraceEquity - celebrate women's achievement and raise awareness.

BASES membership includes many inspirational and inspiring women, we would like to celebrate their achievements by highlighting the various resources they have made available to the BASES membership and beyond.

Firstly, BASES first female Chair, Prof Zoe Knowles, marks the day by giving some great advice, ‘Believe in yourself, be determined, challenge norms and work collaboratively. The sport and exercise science sector offers a fantastic breadth of opportunities for women to make a difference every day’.


BASES’ Role Models initiative for underrepresented members

The BASES Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group Role Models initiative aims to increase the visibility of underrepresented groups within BASES and help raise the aspirations of underrepresented BASES members as well as being an opportunity to connect and to network.

Twelve Role Models will be selected each year, aiming for at least one per month. So far, two BASES women members have been selected and included within the BASES’ Role Models’ Hall of Fame.

Ali Mahoney – BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (Psychology)

“Through her company iThinkSport, Ali has championed female and LGBT sport and physical activity…..”

Tatiana Madan – BASES Undergraduate Student

“She empowers me as a woman through her positive energy and work she has been involved in at such an early stage of her career…..”

Members can nominate Role Models who are either Professional, Graduate or Student members of BASES and from underrepresented groups. For more information and to make a nomination click here.

The BASES Career Guide: A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Science

The guide includes a total of 16 job profiles written by professionals working in the sport and exercise science sector. Ten of the profiles have been written by women including:

  • High Performance Physiologist - Laura Needham
  • Performance Nutritionist - Jodie Hemmings-Trigg 
  • Professor of Biomechanics - Prof Joanna Wakefield-Scurr

We have two version of the BASES Career Guide available member and non-member. Job profiles are also available via a video format thanks to The Outreach Project Team.

The Outreach Project Team

The team’s aim is to increase public engagement and awareness of BASES.

BASES has produced several short videos from practitioners who have forged a career in various industries, following completion of a sport and exercise science related degree. All six interviewees are women, including:

Amy Spencer, Registered Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Practitioner Sports Psychologist, Southampton Football Club

Julia Wells, Head of Performance Analysis, English Institute of Sport

View all interviews here

BASES Expert Statements (ES) 

BASES ES’s provide concise, evidence-based guidance on a range of topics which have been identified as of interest to sport and exercise scientists.

Several BASES ES’s have women as the lead authors, including the two most recent ES’s

  1. The BASES Expert Statement on Integrity in the Sport and Exercise Sciences Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Dr Emma Kavanagh FBASES, Prof Sue Backhouse FBASES, Dr Neil Chester, Dr Andy Miles FBASES, Dr Daniel Rhind, Dr Emily Ryall and Jack Sharkey. Featured in the Spring 23 issue of The Sport and Exercise Scientist
  2. A Bump in the Road? The BASES Expert Statement on Pregnant and Postnatal Athletes Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Dr Marlize De Vivo, Dr Lou Atkinson, Gráinne Donnelly, Prof Kirsty Elliot-Sale, Chloe Hillyar, Sarah Rand, Dr Claire-Marie Roberts and The Active Pregnancy Foundation. Featured in the Winter 22 issue of The Sport and Exercise Scientist

BASES provides open access to all BASES Expert Statements published in the last 3 years on its main website. The full archive can be found in the Members' Area (BASES members only).

BASES is pleased to be supporting the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network Conference 2023 hosted by Liverpool John Moores University (Wednesday 21- Thursday 22 June). The call for abstracts is open.

#IWD2023 #EmbraceEquality


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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