Billie Jean King. Katie Hnida. Annika Sorenstam. Gender pioneers who proved that the athletic gap between men and women is shrinking. Well, don’t add to that list Kim Bain, who deserves absolutely no attention for breaking the gender barrier in a “sport” that requires no physical prowess whatsoever: fishing.
Bain, by virtue of winning the Women’s Bassmaster Tour, will become the first woman to compete in February’s Bassmaster Classic, the most prestigious tournament in fishing. And if you think I’m going to make some kind of crude joke about women and the smell of fish, well, you sir have a dirty mind.
“I grew up watching the Bassmaster Classic and reading about it and have experienced it on many levels,” said Bain, who has worked as a TV analyst and since her husband is on the men’s bass fishing tour, has likely cleaned and cooked his Bassmaster Classic catches for dinner.
This isn’t that big an accomplishment. As I said, fishing doesn’t necessarily require the speed or strength of a man to be successful. And it’s not like Bain blew away the rest of the field to such an extent that they immediately changed the rules to put her on the men’s tour; as a publicity stunt, the WBT decided their best fisherman (fisherwoman?) would get to compete in the Classic. That’s like putting a woman in with the men not because she’s good enough to compete, but because it’ll make the media pay attention. That’s right; it’s like Danica Patrick.
“I had a big dream as a kid, which was to fish the Bassmaster Classic - and here I am,” Bain said. “For anybody out there, in whatever sport or industry they’re in, if they set a goal as a child and then there comes a day that you achieve that, it’s a pretty spectacular moment.
Seriously though, good for Bain. I’m not actually this misogynist. I’m just so jaded and bitter that I can’t stand to see anyone else’s dreams come true.