Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lily Owsley: Gender disparity in hockey still exists – it’s beyond upsetting

In her first column for The Hockey Paper, the England and GB star shares her frustration on gender disparity in the sport

When I was recently back over in the Netherlands, there was talk of the Hockey India League (HIL) coming back, which prompted a debate with some friends.

My view was one of anger and frustration over the fact that men can play in tournaments all around the world for big financial incentive, while not losing money elsewhere, whereas women don’t have the opportunity – even if there are reports of a shortened women’s HIL competition.

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  1. What are these lucrative rournaments in Canada and California?
    I doubt the average reader knows much about them and the rewards they offer, some detail would really help the article.
    Not too many clubs in England pay players anything.

    Not really sure why stick sponsors should pay the same per person (even if both male for example) surely they should be allowed some judgement on how much they think their client will promote their brand and bring value in. This could easily be more say for goalscoring forward than a defender.

    Sport is not a normal job, it is an entertainment business, if one side of the business brings in twice as much as another part, it is likely the participants (male and/or female) will be better paid than the other group. That to me is just the way business works.


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