CARDIFF WEST CANDIDATE'S CALL BACKED BY WELSH ATHLETE NON EVANS
Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for Cardiff West constituency and the South Wales Central list, Councillor Neil McEvoy, has today marked International Women's Day by calling for greater coverage of women's sports.
Neil McEvoy said that a Plaid Cymru government would take action to promote sporting participation at all levels and for all ages across Wales, aiming particularly to encourage and increase participation amongst young and teenage girls.
He urged public broadcasters to devote a greater percentage of broadcast time and funding to female sport - a call supported by the world-class Welsh athlete, Non Evans.
Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate, Neil McEvoy said:
"International Women's Day is a great opportunity to highlight the gulf between coverage of men and women's sports.
"Wales has produced some world-class female athletes but their achievements aren't given half as much recognition as their male counterparts.
"From Non Evans to Lowri Morgan to Becky James and many more, there is no shortage of successful female figures who have the potential to inspire a whole generation of young women in Wales.
"However, this won't be realised until these amazing athletes' achievements are given a far higher profile and wider coverage. That is why I am calling on public broadcasters to devote a greater percentage of broadcast time and funding to female sport in order to tackle this disparity. We need some equality in this area.
"Plaid Cymru is committed to promoting sporting participation at all levels and for all ages across Wales, but particularly among young and teenage girls. I am glad to see us tackle the broadcast issue in our soon to eb published manifesto also.
"We believe that by boosting coverage of female sports, we can provide young women with more positive role models and hopefully encourage them to actively take part in order to nurture the next generation of world-class Welsh female athletes."
World-class Welsh athlete, Non Evans, backed Neil McEvoy's call, saying:
"On International Women's Day, I fully support Neil McEvoy and Plaid's policy to get equitable coverage for female sport.
"It's not that sports women in Wales don't have a level playing field, we won't even have directions to the ground at the present time.
"I have battled for years to get Women's rugby and all Women's sport on the map, and trust me it is still a battle, especially in the media.
"But things are improving for sure, but not so much in Wales as other Nations. It is time for change not just in sport but in all walks of life for Women."