Erin Baker: More women should get involved in sport

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 8:54PM
The distance runner has had a distinguised career. (Photo / Photosport)

Today marks the 125th anniversary of New Zealand becoming the first country to give women the right to vote.

To mark the occasion, Daniel McHardy spoke with triathlete and Ironwoman Erin Baker about her stunning career. 

She was a proponent of equal prize money for sportswomen, once boycotting an event because organisers offered a car to the men’s winner rather than both genders.

Baker won 104 of her 121 races, including the Hawaii Ironman twice and the inaugural International Triathlon Union world championship in France during 1989, an unbeaten year in which she was awarded the supreme Halberg Award. 

In a career low, Baker was convicted of throwing an explosive device during the 1981 South African rugby tour protests. Baker denied the incident, but it prevented her competing in the United States for five years.

Baker told McHardy she hopes more women get involved with sport as there are many more opportunities now.

LISTEN TO ERIN BAKER TALK WITH DANIEL MCHARDY ABOVE

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