Happy International Women’s Day!
Today features an alternative recipe of mine. Today features a guest blog post, (although the guests don’t know). Today is the day the fight for equality continues, it will highlight the range of economic, political and social achievements made by women, as well as opening up the discussion on how we can form a more inclusive world for our next generation.
Personally, I want to celebrate and reflect upon all of the inspirational women that have positively impacted my life. Through sport, I have been extremely fortunate to have met some extraordinary women in my journey. Although, most do not even recognise the huge influence they have had on me because they continue to inspire, help and encourage other women to fulfil their potential too.
They permanently exude their beliefs and behaviours and collectively, they have encouraged me to;
- dream big;
- take myself out of my comfort zone;
- to run faster, jump further, lift stronger;
- overcome obstacles;
- be myself:
- speak up;
- be a winner:
- recognise my strengths and weaknesses and be comfortable with them;
- be the difference;
- create history;
- inspire the future.
Most of the above, I have learned through hockey and furthermore, were mostly developed throughout the Rio Olympic cycle by being open and honest, not only to myself but to my team. Putting our vulnerabilities out there in front of each other and feeling comfortable with that, was our key to success in winning a gold medal in Rio. It enhanced our team culture, we accepted that everybody was different and that diversity would be a great strength for us. This diversity was leveraged upon to make us ‘winners’.
‘Be a winner’ was one of several mantras that triggered the required emotion, response and behaviours to the squad (the ’31’), part of our visions, values and behaviours. It was relevant to all aspects of our centralised training programme and somehow forced us to get more from ourselves, when we thought we had nothing more to give. Little did I know, that these would be so instilled in me, that every decision I made was based upon putting the squad first. This was because I respected all of them, had trust that everyone was on the same page and that I could never let any of them down.
Consequently, these women are my idols, have made lifelong friends sharing a hobby that we love. So, I would like to thank all of my GB Hockey team mates past and present, my friends, Nan, Sister and my Mum for shaping me into the person that I am today, by passing on your words of wisdom to me, by fighting to the end and never giving up. I will always be forever thankful.
Adidas published a quote that resonated well with me and thought that it was particularly relevant to share with you all – ‘Strong on our own, even stronger together’. So true!
Let’s celebrate this International Women’s Day with love and appreciation for all of the special women in our lives.