Jen Offord

Jen Offord

Jen is a writer from Essex, which isn’t relevant because she lives in London, but she likes people to know it. As well as daft challenges, she likes cats, cheese and Beyonce. @inspireajen


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So long to a trailblazer of women’s sport

Rachael Heyhoe Flint was a pioneer of women's cricket. But, says Jen Offord, she also tore down barriers for women in all sports.
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Interview: Penny Briscoe

It was announced last week that former GB canoe coach Penny Briscoe would be Paralympic GB’s Chef de Mission at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Jen Offord caught up with Briscoe for a chat about her illustrious career, and the changing attitudes towards the movement.
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Sportswomen to watch in 2017

Women’s sport is going from strength to strength – and about time. We asked our Jen Offord to point out the names we should be looking out for this year.
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Woman of the Year: Dame Sarah Storey

Our writers pick the women who rocked their world in 2016. For Jen Offord, there’s simply no one like this dame.
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Just for the girls?

The FA has issued guidelines on how to help women become interested in football. Jen Offord managed to put down her compact mirror and scented bib long enough to a look.
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Homophobia in sport

New British drama The Pass opens in cinemas today, focusing on homophobia in the hyper-masculine world of football. It’s been a long time coming, says Jen Offord.
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Abuse in sport: “It’s in the mentality of football that nothing comes out”

As the headlines are flooded with football sex abuse allegations, Jen Offord wonders how and why we didn’t see it coming.
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Contested contestant

Today is Intersex Solidarity Day, and the perfect time for Jen Offord to look at dazzling Olympian, Caster Semenya, whose achievements are amazing but whose notoriety is both unwanted and unfair.
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Review: Damilola, Our Loved Boy

The BBC drama tells the private story behind a public tragedy. Jen Offord took a look.
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“I’ve always worn my Essex Girl identity like a badge of honour”

Two women from Essex have launched a petition to have the term ‘Essex girl’ removed from the dictionary. Our own Essex girl Jen Offord ain’t afraid of no dictionary definition.