You may well have heard of a certain woman called Laura Trott. After all, she’s been in the news quite a lot recently.
As one of the stars of the hugely-successful Team GB that competed in the Rio Olympics and bagged a boatload of medals, she left Brazil having won two gold medals of her own – along with millions of fans.
What’s more, she managed to cycle her way into the history books by becoming Britain’s most successful female Olympian at the age of just 24, having won four Olympic gold medals in total in her career to date.
How Pendleton and Wiggins inspired Laura Trott
However, in many ways that’s not even the best part of the story. The best part is the fact that the Essex-born star will now become a role model for girls of all ages, inspiring them to pursue their love of sport and feel even more passionate about what they do.
Now that may sound like something of an assumption, but it doesn’t seem like too great a leap of faith when you consider that Laura Trott herself was spurred on to chase down cycling greatness after meeting sporting legends in the form of Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins.
Following her stunning performances within the Rio de Janeiro velodrome, photos emerged of a young Trott wearing Wiggins’ own gold medal around her neck back in 2004 and also meeting Pendleton.
The importance of inspiration
Many have since highlighted how much of an impact such moments can have in a young person’s life, and the importance of having role models that they can look up to and aspire to become.
“If I can inspire anyone like Victoria inspired me I think that would be amazing and I just want somebody to want to follow in my footsteps as well.”
Speaking to ITV, Trott herself said: “If I can inspire anyone like Victoria inspired me I think that would be amazing and I just want somebody to want to follow in my footsteps as well.”
It’s precisely because of this that we created our Wall of Inspiration, featuring professional women who are working in and around the technology sector.
Connecting girls with tech role models
Regardless of their level of experience, area of expertise or academic background, the fact is that – by developing careers within the tech arena – each woman has an inspiring story to share.
They have fought against stereotyping and discrimination based on their gender to become technology professionals.
This is why we want to shout about their success and create a place where girls can learn about the industry and the women who work in it, as well as really start to consider a future career in tech.