Swedish armwrestler Malin Kleinsmith run a new blog, dedicated to women sport. ()
You have started a new Facebook project. What is it about?
– I have the honor to blog for Armwrestlers Only, and am also one of the administrators of Armwrestlers Only´s Facebook page. I want to make female armwrestling bigger, so I will blog about women in the sport and share clips of women armwrestling. If we want the sport to be bigger and to have more women in the sport, we have to show it more. For me as a woman, I want to watch females armwrestle to be able to compare myself with them. I am super happy that I have gotten this chance!
Why is women’s armwrestling in Sweden as big as the men’s? Is there a secret?
– We are not as big as the men, if you compare the number of women v/s men who armwrestle. But we are close. We have great clubs in Sweden, who are all very welcoming and who recruit women and, of course, men, kids, masters and so on.
It’s easy for a woman to start armwrestling and get good sparring partners to get better and better, it’s not anymore just a “men’s sport” in Sweden, like when me, Heidi and Fia started in the beginning of the 90´s. Back then it was usually only one or two weight classes, there were not many women competing. From the beginning it was the men in the clubs that stepped aside and let us girls take place at the practices and encouraged us to continue and to be better. That let us be a part of that men’s sport as it was back then. And then it just grew. When it grew it was easier to get women into the sport. We were the examples for others and we could contribute to the whole sport by making the women’s armwrestling bigger.
I see the same problem that we had back in the 90´s today in some other countries.