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From lazy to leader: unsporty girls are getting fit and spreading the word

From lazy to leader: unsporty girls are getting fit and spreading the word

“I’m one of the laziest people I know!” The declaration is followed by laughter, but Lauren Barkas is serious. The 21-year-old chemistry student had no interest in sport, and it took her a long time to decide to go along to one of the University of Hull’s women-only fitness sessions.

“I heard about it and thought it sounded OK, but I didn’t really want to go,” she says. “Then I thought, ‘Come on, give it a try, it’s your first year of uni,’ and I went and loved it straight away.”

Now she’s an ambassador for the scheme, known as Fabulass, and she has the responsibility of motivating other less-than-sporty women to get moving.

“I explain that I was once like that,” she says. “One flight of stairs, and if there was a lift I’d be getting the lift. There’s no pressure involved in this scheme – that would put me off classes.”

Sophie Riordan, in her third year of studying English literature, is another ambassador for Fabulass. She had tried out for one of the competitive sports teams, but had found the experience off-putting. […]

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