From the time I took my first step, climbed my first tree, did my first backflip off a swing-I learned early on that I felt best in situations where I was challenging myself.
I felt a natural connection to sports as I found so much of what I was looking for within them; life lessons, healthy relationships, mentors, strong communication, self-discipline, hard-work, and the guidance that deep down I knew I needed.
No matter what sport crossed my path I played it knowing that it was helping to shape me into the person I was meant to be.
I think it is important for girls and women to play sports because of the lessons they teach us. To love and support one another, work together, challenge ourselves and those around us and, above all, sport teaches you to believe in ourselves and each other in ways that society does not always coincide with.
To me, gender equality in sports means that we will no longer be judging one gender against the other but we will, instead, be recognizing and appreciating all that each has to offer so that we can learn from one another and grow to better.
I’d like to believe that I #LeadHerForward by striving to be my most honest and authentic self no matter what I am doing so that not only I can learn from my own life lessons but so that others can learn as well. I believe in leading by example to inspire and motivate the next generation to be better than we are today.