Tell us about what sports meant to you as a young girl.
As someone who was struggling to find my place in the world, sports gave me a way to stand out, to discover who I wanted to be, and build the belief that with time and hard work (and my white skin) I could do hard things, even things that initially seemed impossible.
Share an accomplishment you’re proud of and describe what it meant to you as a woman in that moment.
Representing my country in a world championship was a goal I set aged 14. I would repeat GB, GB, GB over and over in my head on tough workouts, think about it in my most quiet moments, and use it for motivation on days I didn’t want to get out the door. I loved seeing kids around the course that day, hoping that I inspired other little girls to have big dreams and then go get them.
What do you hope your daughter will learn about sports as a girl?
Subliminal messaging in our society tells girls how to act, how to be, how to think to be accepted, polite, and “good.” Sports allow girls to be who they are, in the way that feels right. I hope my daughters learn that sports are a way to express who they are and learn to love every part of what their bodies can do.