Wright praises Barty’s inescapable brilliance | Liverpool City Champion

After a childhood spent ignoring many potential heroes, Tyler Wright is just glad no one misses Ash Barty.

The two-time world surfing champion will start her season at Hawaii’s Billabong Pro Pipeline on Sunday (AEST), buoyed by compatriot Barty’s push to the Australian Open final on Saturday.

The Banzai Pipeline event will be a victory for women in the sport as they will share the famous wave with the first-round men for the first time.

The World Surf League announced equal pay in 2019, another proud moment for trailblazer Wright and her colleagues.

This year, the Tour will welcome a record number of five rookies, who Wright hopes “will not have to have the fights that we had to put up with.”

“Representation is important; female athletes have always been there, they’ve just never been seen,” she told AAP.

“Even for me, I haven’t heard of so many amazing female athletes, just because they’ve never been covered.

“It’s to the detriment not only of women, but of society. You can learn so much from female athletes because we’ve done more with less.”

Wright is thrilled that all eyes are on Barty now, with nearly two million viewers tuning in to her semi-final win on Thursday.

His dominance has transcended the sport, with PGA Tour star Marc Leishman raving about his form before heading to California this week.

Samantha Stosur and Alicia Molik can’t believe how easy she’s made it as Wright’s admiration for the humble world number 1 begins to sound familiar.

“Oh yeah, she’s a gun; an incredible athlete but no longer an incredible human,” Wright said.

“You can’t find a higher level athlete in Australia. All the respect in the world for Ash, how she carries herself and she is exactly who she is.

“She said the other day ‘all I can do is be myself, that’s the best I can do’.

“I think that resonates right now; just be who you are. That’s an incredibly important message.”

Australian Associated Press

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