Walker Drawas has relationships with some of the world's biggest athletes. We will zero on women who have broken down boundries in sports that are viewed as "male dominated" driving the message of empowerment and gender equality. These athletes inspire and are great role models for women of all ages.
Why she's a Shero:
Shiraishi is an American rock climber. She is known for being one of the strongest young climbers - male or female - of all time. She started climbing in Central Park at age seven, and at Brooklyn Boulders.
The New York Times has called her a Bouldering Phenom. Outside Magazine has described her as a Young Crusher. At age 13 she became the first woman, and youngest (male/female), to climb a sport route with a difficulty grade of 9a+. Very few athletes in the world can climb at this level as both sport climbing grading systems and bouldering grading systems only have two additional, and more difficult, grades that Ashima has not climbed.
Stephanie Gilmore is an Australian professional surfer and six-time world champion on the Women's ASP World Tour (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014). Often referred to as the female Kelly Slater. In 2010, she was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame and won the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the year award
Gilmore is also on the Board of Advisors (the Ocean Advocacy Advisory Board) of ocean conservation organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Bright is an Olympic gold and silver medalist. In 2013 she won a bronze medal at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships.
Patrick is an American auto racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish there ever by a woman. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011. In 2012, she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Since the 2013 season, Patrick has driven the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. In 2013, she became the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990 - qualifying for the Daytona 500.