Tinmouth helping to inspire women in sport

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Honda Racing’s newest signing Jenny Tinmouth has joined a group of female sporting icons as part of a BT Sport-sponsored networking event at the Olympic Park’s London Aquatics Centre. The event, organised by charity Education and Employers, is part of their Inspiring Women campaign. Tinmouth was joined at the event by fellow Honda rider and motocross championship winner Catherine King.

The national launched a year ago and already has 12,500 women talking to girls in state schools about the careers and the route they took. The ambition is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, by summer 2015, talking to 250,000 young women.

Inspiring Women was founded by Miriam González Durántez and is backed by notable sporting figures Clare Balding and Christine Ohuruogu, as well as the Minister for Sport, Helen Grant.

Tinmouth said: "What an inspirational event to be a part of. There are 300 or so girls going home today knowing that the world of sport is open to them and that they can achieve anything they want to, if they put their mind to it."

Havier Beltran, Racing Manager at Honda commented: "In bike racing, there's been a focus on females recently because Honda has just signed Jenny to its Superbike squad, meaning that she's racing at the top level.  But there are a number of women racing already for Honda, competing with the very best.  This year's Dakar Rally saw Laia Sanz finish in the top 10 - the highest finishing spot for a woman - and, in motocross, Catherine is joined at Honda by fellow championship-winner, Natalie Kane.

"Honda is proud to have served up a number of firsts when it comes to women racers.  Jenny is living proof that women can race at elite level.  We'll see plenty more women racing alongside men in the future, I'm sure of that."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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