6. Manon Bradley - powerlifting, politics and major projects
If you cut Manon Bradley down the middle, she jokes, it would say 'powerlifting' running through her core like a stick of rock. Her entry into the sport came via a throwaway comment that she had "great legs for weightlifting", and she found that not only did she love it, she was also naturally very talented. At her first competition, she qualified for the European Championships, and has since held 6 World Records, been World Champion 13 times, European Champion 9 times and won more British titles than you can count. She is a passionate drug-free lifter an is a past-president of the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association.
Her success is not just limited to sport though. Manon is a director of the Major Projects Association and leads their Gender Balance Initiative which aims to increase diversity in the engineering, construction and other companies running some of the world's largest infrastructure projects. She is also the co-leader of the Oxford branch of the Women's Equality Party, and a vocal advocate of improving women's rights at work, in politics, in healthcare and in wider society.