TOMBOY TARTS: SPORTS

HERE’S HOW WE WENT PARAGLIDING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN POKHARA NEPAL

Going paragliding for the first time? No worries! Persis from Tomboy Tarts has got you covered with some of her first-hand experiences when she got her ass kicked recently on a paragliding adventure in Pokhara, Nepal. Ready? Buckle up people and let’s go! First things first! If you’re a wuss – scratch paragliding off your adventure to-do list in Nepal or anywhere paragliding is offered because it’s not for the faint hearted. However, if you’re a wuss who hates looking like a wuss in front of everybody else, like me, then add tandem paragliding back to the list. Like I…

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COULD YOU PLAY ROLLER DERBY? LONDON ROCKIN’ ROLLERS WANT YOU TO TRY OUT

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Meet the awesome UK-based women’s roller derby league London Rockin’ Rollers, who wants to introduce you to the most badass sport in the world. To put it simply, roller derby is a fast-paced full-contact sport in which two teams of five skaters compete to score points by overtaking each other on a flat track. Inevitably there are falls, bruises, and the occasional broken bone. Yet roller derby keeps getting more popular and is becoming one of the fastest growing sport in the world. And it’s not hard to see why. Roller derby is unique in that…

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5 BADASS WOMEN WE LOVE FROM RIO OLYMPICS

Only 1 out of 660 000 qualifies for the Rio Olympics and these athletes are simply the best in the world. You have to be pretty badass to reach this pinnacle of sports achievement. Here are the 5 women we love from the Rio Olympics and whose badassery is off the charts.  1. GYMNAST SIMONE BILES Simone Biles tumbles, flips and leaps to Rio Olympics Glory as the rest of us mere mortals could only watch in awe. Her signature floor routine was the stuff legends were made of, where people will sing songs about…

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ILLNESS & INJURY ISN’T STOPPING JILLION POTTER FROM THE SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Jillion Potter’s story is so plainly inspiring, it almost seems invented by a team of greeting-card writers. The captain of the USA Rugby Sevens team has overcome a broken neck and a bout with a rare cancer on the road to this summer’s Olympics in Rio, which start on August 5. Jessica Grose, from the Lenny Letter interviews Jillion about getting back on her feet. When she tells her own story, though, Jillion doesn’t speak in cheesy platitudes. She is matter-of-fact and warm while describing her dramatic injury, which happened when she was knocked down…

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NEW SERENA WILLIAMS DOCUMENTARY SERVES UP PORTRAIT OF GREATNESS

Remember when Serena Williams lost in the US Open Semifinals and missed the opportunity to equal Steffi Graf’s record? It was one of the biggest upsets in tennis history and her shocking loss is chronicled in a new Epix documentary, Serena. 2015 was the year of the Serena. We followed her journey over the course of the year in her quest to complete the Calendar slam at the age of 33. From the moment she won the Australia Open, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that she would win her No.22 slam to tie with…

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NEW TO LONGBOARDING? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Want to get into longboarding but not sure how to begin? We speak to Lennat Mak, ambassador and co-founder of Longboard Girls Crew Singapore about how to buy your first longboard, what are the tricks you can learn and skating tips to get you started. So you have seen the skaters cruising down the streets and want to know what it is like to ride a longboard with the wind in your hair and the world at your feet. You even vicariously devour the amazing longboarding videos online and probably dream of  carving a mountain…

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TEEN FIGHTER ANGELA LEE IS THE YOUNGEST EVER MMA WORLD CHAMPION

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Meet your newly crowned MMA World Champion Angela Lee and she’s only 19 years old. The unstoppable teenager recently defeated Mei Yamaguchi to become the inaugural ONE Championship Atomweight Champion. Up to a few years ago, nobody would ever have thought it is possible to have two women headlining a Mixed Martial Arts fight event in Asia. Yet the “Unstoppable” Angela Lee turned out to be the biggest star at ONE: Ascent To Power in Singapore, where she made history by becoming ONE Championship’s first female world champion. In doing so, she is now the youngest ever to win…

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FOOTBALL STAR MEGAN RAPINOE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE TOMBOYS IN HER LIFE

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Megan Rapinoe recently hosted a funny and poignant roundtable discussion with her twin, Rachael, and fellow football players Carmelina Moscato and Lori Lindsey about growing up as “tomboys,” and their perspective on women in football. Is that the story of our childhood? Because it sounds eerily similar. Like Megan Rapinoe, we grew up playing with the boys and getting ourselves into all kinds of sports. We were scraping our knees and rocking skater bowl cuts, the height of 90s fashion. During the roundtable, Megan Rapinoe recalled a dark time that was the year 1996. K-Ci…

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SEXISM IN TENNIS: WHY IS IT STILL A THING?

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Victoria Azarenka scored a major victory taking the Indian Well title over World No 1 Serena Williams. But her comeback story was overshadowed by the controversial remarks made by the tournament director, Raymond Moore. Imagine if you are the CEO of probably the 5th biggest event in the tennis world. Like the four other grand slams, your event features the best tennis players on this planet. The upcoming women’s final will feature a blockbuster clash between 21 Grand Slam Winner Serena Williams and former no.1 Victoria Azarenka. This is the moment. The whole world is…

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STATE OF GRACE WITH MARIE GAFFORY

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It’s been a long time coming as long-boarding finally enjoys its overdue surge in popularity. Marie Gaffory bought her first longboard in Los Angeles and has been shredding since. A passion for this all-inclusive sport has led her to create her own boards and make them for others back in France. This year, she finally moved her State of Grace Workshop to the United States to live out her California dream. The act of longboarding is akin to a state of mind – feeling the wind in your hair, sun on your face and the…

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SNAPSHOTS: VINTAGE WOMEN TENNIS

With US Open already upon us, let’s look back at vintage women’s tennis where the daring, rebellious tomboy-spirited ladies whipped long groundstrokes over the net or deployed their agility and cunning in serve-and-volley net play. We find a massive collection of wonderful snapshots of ladies leading the courts with their talent and style from the early days of the sport to the bohemian 70s. Today, tennis is one of the most popular sports for women. Most historians believe that tennis originated in the monastic cloisters in northern France in the 12th century, but the ball was then struck…

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WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS: ALEX SCOTT

For the last of our month-long World Cup Champions series, we focus on Team Great Britain’s Alex Scott. A tireless and committed right-back, the national women football team Vice Captain and Olympian Alex Scott is one of the most respected veteran players on the pitch today. It’s chaos as FIFA Women’s World Cup football fever officially sets in this crazy summer on Tomboy Tirade. Growing up playing street soccer in a rough neighbourhood, English football star Alex Scott has never thought she would one day play her game on the world stage and represent her country for the…

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WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS: KARINA LEBLANC

Olympic Bronze medalist and veteran goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc is the bedrock of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team. Coupled with clear passion for the sport is her desire to use it to help the less fortunate. The UNICEF ambassador is our featured footballer for this week’s World Cup Champion series. It’s chaos as FIFA Women’s World Cup football fever officially sets in this crazy summer on Tomboy Tirade. Four FIFA Women’s World Cups, three Pan American Games and two Olympic games later, soccer star Karina (KKay) Chenelle LeBlanc has seen it all on the field….

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WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS – AMY JOY RODRIGUEZ

Quick as lightning, Amy Joy Rodriguez is literally ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ on the pitch. The much-admired football player who  plays most of her games in forward position is always a delight to watch and this week we throw the spotlight on her in our special World Cup Champions month-long series. It’s chaos as FIFA Women’s World Cup football fever officially sets in this crazy summer on Tomboy Tirade. She is dynamite and in one half of a football game, she can deliver up to 5 goals. Prepare to ‘tick-tick-tick-boom’ when Team USA’s Amy Rodriguez is in play. Also fondly…

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WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS: ABBY WAMBACH

As a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup finalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, Mary Abigail (Abby) Wambach is both national hero and international football legend. This week, Abby the superstar striker and world record holder for most number of international goals is the featured footballer in our month-long World Cup special series as we shine the spotlight on female World Cup Champions. It’s chaos as FIFA Women’s World Cup football fever officially sets in this crazy summer on Tomboy Tirade. Mention Abby Wambach and you can’t avoid talking about goals. After all, she…

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WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS: MARTA VIEIRA DA SILVA

5-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta Vieira Da Silva from Brazil, has so much game on her side, there really isn’t any way she couldn’t take her male counterparts down on the football pitch in the first of our month-long World Cup special series, focusing on female World Cup Champions… Now that World Cup 2014 fever has officially gripped us, we thought we’d give some attention to the ladies of the sport who have made such strides in the game of footie even the guys would be wiping beads of perspiration off their…

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