You might not have heard these names before, but watch out. These women are fearless and dominating their sport.
As a rising surfer at the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark. Despite the setback, one month after losing her left arm, she was back to surfing. Within two years, she went on to win her first national surfing title. To this day, she is an actively competitive surfer.
The first female wheelchair athlete to compete in the Ironman World Championship. The sport of handcycling has led to many accomplishments and nominations, including an ESPN ESPY Award. She has completed four Ironman distance triathlons.
The first African American female principal dancer. Despite childhood hardships and the struggle providing for her five siblings, Copeland was able to perform professionally in a little over a year. When many told her that her body wasn’t cut out of ballet, she proved all of them wrong.
Pakistan’s first female Olympic swimmer. Raza holds a national record when she swam at the 2004 Olympics.
A professional Pakistani squash player. In order for her to compete, Maria had to dress up as a boy at 16 years old. As a Muslim girl, competing in sports was risky. Therefore, in the world of squash, she was known as “Genghis Khan” and was supported by her parents.
A judo athlete who became the first Saudi woman to compete at the Olympic games in London. Her fearlessness of going against what her ethnicity permits, has allowed her to set an example for other Saudi women.