Five members of Great Britain’s female team to the Rio Olympics- Heather Fisher, Amy Wilson-Hardy, Michaela Staniford, Danielle Waterman and Claire Allan have posed nude for the latest edition of Women’s Health – Naked Issue to send a powerful message about body confidence ahead of the tournament. See full image after the cut…
In the magazine they talk about how their different body shapes help them achieve their goals – and the sacrifices they make to perform at the highest level.
Amy Wilson-Hardy, said in the magazine;
“I always do my hair and make-up before a game; looking feminine helps my confidence.
“I train eight times a week and I can see how much my body’s changed just by looking at old photos.
“I’ve grown to love my bigger legs and bum – they’re vital for bursts of speed. I train to win, but a lean and defined body in the mirror is a bonus.”
Danielle Waterman, a full back said:
“I’ll always remember trying on my prom dress and being upset at how broad and muscular I was. It was my brother who pointed out that my build was the very thing that would help me achieve my dreams of playing pro rugby for England.
“It changed my mindset and I hold on to it still. My body is how it is – 5ft 8in and powerful. For good reason.”
Michaela Staniford, winger, said;
“The ‘rugby girl’ stereotype doesn’t really exist. At 5’8” and just over 11st, I’m quite light – perfect for being lifted to catch the ball.
“But I struggle to maintain protective muscle mass. Every three hours I eat protein, as well as fruit and veg. I have to be disciplined, but when I retire it’s going to be brunch and cocktails!”