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Women get set to run for an awareness event in Netherlands, 2014

Women's sports includes amateur as well as women's professional sports, in all varieties of sports. Female participation and popularity in sports increased dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the last quarter-century, reflecting changes in modern societies that emphasized gender parity. Although the level of participation and performance still varies greatly by country and by sport, women's sports are widely accepted throughout the world today. In a few instances, such as figure skating, female athletes rival or exceed their male counterparts in popularity. In many sports women usually do not compete on equal terms against men.

Although there has been a rise in participation by women in sports, a large disparity still remains. These disparities are prevalent globally and continue to hinder equality in sports. Many institutions and programs still remain conservative and do not contribute to gender equity in sports.

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The Cook Islands are a major netball playing country in Oceania, with more than 1,000 registered players. The game became popular during the 1970s, and the national team has been important in the region since then. The Cook Islands Netball Association is a member of Oceania Netball Federation. The country has participated at several international events including the Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games, the World Games, the Oceania Netball Tournament, the World Youth Netball Championship, and the International Challenge Men’s and Mixed Netball Tournament. The women's national team is one of the top ranked in the world.

Netball has grassroots support and plays an important part in the life of women on the islands. There are over 15 netball clubs and the game is played at schools. The game is played at national festivals like the Manea Games. The game is also being played by men. There have been several people have been important in terms of helping to develop the game in the Cook Islands and to raise the profile of the country internationally.

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The Women's Basketball Coaches Association is an association of coaches of women's basketball teams at all levels.

The organization was formed in 1981, with the goal of addressing the needs of women's basketball coaches.

The mission of the WBCA is:

...to promote women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport of women's basketball and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls

The WBCA provides education for coaches, and promotes the coaching profession with awards for coaches and players. While many of the awards are related to basketball activities, the WBCA recognizes the need for academic as well as athletic excellence and recognizes academic excellence with their Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

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Sara Thunebro of Sweden's national association football team.


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Ellen van Dijk, a woman cyclist the Netherlands
Ellen van Dijk at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Eleonora "Ellen" van Dijk (born 11 February 1987 in Harmelen) is a Dutch professional road and track racing cyclist riding for Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling. Van Dijk is a time trial specialist and became 2008 World Track Champion in the scratch race and 2012 Road World Champion in team time trial.

Van Dijk started as a speed skater and as part of her skating training she undertook cycling as part of cross-training in summer. She excelled at both, competing nationally at junior level. After becoming a national cycling champion for the fifth time in 2007, she quit speed skating and became a full-time cyclist. Along with her world title successes, Van Dijk has also twice been European track champion, twice European time trial champion and has won five world cup races. In 2012 she competed in three disciplines at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she helped Marianne Vos win the gold medal in the road race, finished eighth in the time trial and sixth in the team pursuit.

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