#SayNeighToSexism – Sunday Telegraph Names Australian Sportswoman of the Year: A Horse

I’m not kidding.

The Australian Sunday Telegraph names Black Caviar (a horse) Australian Sportswoman of the Year.

Sunday Telegraph Australian Woman Of Year 2012

 

Never mind the feats of comeback queen cyclist Anna Meares, hurdler Sally Pearson (both Meares and Pearson took gold during the London Olympics), Jacqueline Freney who won no less than eight gold medals in the pool at the Paralympics or  Steph Gilmore who is now a FIVE time world surfing champion, Rothfield and Hadland saw fit to give the Sportswoman of the year award to a four legged animal rather than the amazing feats of Meares, Pearson, Freney or Gilmore – Sportsline

Responses have included:

1) That the owners of the horse Black Caviar reject the honor (Say Neigh!);

2) A number of sportspeople and commentators in the media speaking out about it;

3) Twitter folk pointing out how people might have reacted if “… a newspaper suggesting no male athlete had outperformed that horse”;

4) a recollection of how well the BBC’s effort went down when they nominated a panda as woman of the year in 2011;

5) That it’s 2012 and the word “woman” is defined in all standard contexts as an adult human female

…and hell, after our national paper The Australian managed to list what they considered the nation’s 50 most influential people in sport with only four women, also including a horse

…I really don’t know why I bother being surprised any more…

 

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