It’s International Women’s Day on March 8 2017, a time to reflect on the valuable social, economic, cultural and political contributions women make the world over and how we can all play a role in furthering opportunities for women.
This year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange, calls on us to help forge a better, more inclusive working world.
Sanitarium believes in women being the best they can be by being supported in healthy, purposeful living and hope for a better life.
Alyssa Lock, 16-year-old rising surfing talent and Sanitarium ambassador, is the current Australian Open Women’s Champion who has a long history of surfing accomplishments that date back to her first surfing competitions at the age of 7.
Capping off a great year, in 2016 she took out two of the nation’s premier u16 surfing competitions, The Occy Grom Comp held at Duranbah and Skull Candy Oz Grom at Lennox Head. She also achieved great results at Junior and Open level for the year.
While the focus of 2017 will be her final year of High School, it will also include World Surf League Pro Junior and Open events as she embarks on a path to increase rankings on the World Qualifying Tour.
Alyssa explains what International Women’s Day means to her.
What does International Women’s Day signify to you?
I love that International Women’s Day is a celebration of the many achievements by women from the past to the present and it's also a great time to highlight and continue on towards equality.
What do you do to prepare your body, mind and spirit for the challenges women face?
Staying active is a major part of my lifestyle. In order to keep up with the pace of my daily routine, it's important that I eat well, drink enough water and make sure that I get plenty of sleep. All these things help keep me sharp, happy and healthy.
What's your hope for women for the future?
I hope in the future women are matching the expectations that males have. I also think it would be great that in the future instead of just competing against your own gender you can compete against the opposite too.