Why Maryam’s standing up for women’s cycling

Karen Harvey

Over the past few months we’ve been casting the spotlight on some of our amazing volunteer Breeze Champions, and their tireless work to get more women cycling across the UK.

One of those we featured was Maryam Amatullah from Leicester, a Breeze Champion since the programme began in 2011, cycle trainer and committee member of the Leicester Women’s Velo cycling club.

As a Breeze Champion, Maryam is on a mission to break down the barriers women face when cycling, no matter what background they’re from. 

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After starting to ride with her young daughter, Maryam soon became aware of just how few women from the Asian community cycled.

Upon completing her Breeze Champion training Maryam began to encourage these women to join her on rides, helping them to overcome barriers including lack of confidence, fear of falling and fear of being laughed at.

More recently Maryam has turned her attentions to delivering a six week cycle training course for Asian women in the Highfields area of Leicester – including many who had never cycled before.

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Maryam’s work has seen her recognised on multiple occasions; as Unsung Hero at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) and recipient of the prestigious Points of Light award from then Prime Minister David Cameron.

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