World Athletics partners with ‘Running Sideways’
For many young people from underprivileged backgrounds, athletics is a way out of poverty.
On the tiny island of The Bahamas, at a time when the country was yet to find Olympic success, Pauline Davis – a young woman born and raised in the poor neighbourhood of Bain Town – would emerge as the Golden Girl of The Bahamas, and pave the way for young women from her country to follow in her footsteps.
In a new book titled ‘Running Sideways’, Davis-Thompson shares her journey of how she fought through poverty, inequality and racism to beat the odds and become a two-time Olympic gold medallist.
To read the full article by World Athletics, and listen to an exclusive podcast with Lord Sebastian Coe, the President of World Athletics, click here.
‘Golden Girl’ Pauline Davis’ Book Signing At Goodman’s Bay Today
To kick off World Athletics Women’s Week ahead of International Women’s Day and to #BreakTheBias by sharing the stories of inspiring women to create a bank of great role models for future generations, World Athletics President Lord Sebastian Coe speaks with two-time Olympic champion Pauline Davis about her book ‘Running Sideways’, which chronicles her inspiring journey from the ghetto to Olympic glory.
To read the full story in The Bahamas Tribune, click here.
Olympian Pauline Davis’ book ‘Running Sideways’ released this week
Inspiring story of Pauline Davis, the Bahamian double gold medalist who defied the odds and won world acclaim
Book signing at Goodman’s Bay set for March 8
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — If Bahamians are looking for heroes, they don’t have to look very far. Just Over-the-Hill, a girl with grit started running sideways, usually barefoot, carrying buckets of water from a public pump and looking over her shoulder to stay steps ahead of the boys who chased and frightened her. Sometimes she beat them back by running straight up a palm tree.
Her name was Pauline Davis.
For the full story, click here.
Golden Girl Pauline Davis-Thompson to publish memoir
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pauline Davis-Thompson, the Bahamian icon who once conquered the sprinting world, is about to get her own book with a major US publisher.
This country’s original “Golden Girl” signed a book deal with US publisher Rowman & Littlefield earlier this week, a move that will bring her remarkable story of resilience, determination and Olympic glory to the world.
Dramatic and unflinching, Davis-Thompson’s upcoming memoir, entitled “The Girl Who Ran Sideways: The Story of an Olympic Champion”, will be co-written with noted Canadian author T.R. Todd, who recently penned the award-winning book “Pigs of Paradise: The True Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs”.
Read the full article here: https://ewnews.com/golden-girl-pauline-davis-thompson-to-publish-memoir
‘My dream is one step closer’
Jade Shovlin, 20, from Roker was diagnosed on May 22 with cancer of the oesophagus which doctors said is incurable.
She was told following her diagnosis that she has less than two years to live, leaving those close to her devastated.
Now that dream is one step closer after more than £10,000 was raised and a stranger stepped in to help.
Canadian author T.R Todd wrote a book about the infamous swimming pigs who live on an island in the Bahamas.
When he and resort owner Peter Nicholson saw Jade’s story online he contacted her and has offered to help arrange an all expenses paid trip.
Jade was delighted when they got in touch.
Click here to read more about Jade’s story in the Sunderland Echo.