Story: Gender and sport

Sandy Barwick winning a 1,300-mile race, 1991

Sandy Barwick winning a 1,300-mile race, 1991

In 1991, 43-year old New Zealander Sandy Barwick became the first woman to finish the 1,300-mile (2,092-kilometre) Sri Chinmoy race held in the United States, the world's longest certified foot race. She proved that women were capable of excelling in the most gruelling events.

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Reference: Sandy Barwick with Garth Gilmour, Unstoppable: the Sandy Barwick story. Auckland: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993

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Sally Shaw, 'Gender and sport - Women and sporting codes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Sally Shaw, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 7 Jun 2016