Smith: Twirl request was an insult

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Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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England football captain Kelly Smith says she would have “slapped” the on-court interviewer who asked Eugenie Bouchard to twirl after her win in the Australian Open last week.

Smith described the request as “arrogance or stupidity” and told Press Association Sport: “If I was (asked by an interviewer to twirl) I would probably have slapped him around the face or something. It was an insult to women’s sport.”

Smith was speaking at the launch of the Women’s Sport Trust’s #BeaGamechanger Awards, which recognise the individuals and organisations doing the most to progress women’s sport – and consign such outdated requests to the past.

Smith added: “It shows that there still is that ignorance when it comes to women’s sport and that transfers to kids today – people think it is still okay to say things like that.

“The more we raise the profile of women’s sport through the Women’s Sport Trust and awards such as these, the bigger the chance of knocking that behaviour and ignorance out of sport and society in general.”

Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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