I thought long and hard about why I am an athlete. Besides loving to spin in circles and throw my hammer far, sports has made me who I am today. Sports has given me an opportunity to showcase my skills on a grand stage, teach me the value of being a great person and remind me that nothing beats hard work.
When I first started throwing the hammer in high school I never dreamed that I would be traveling all over the world to throw against some of the best throwers. The hammer has allowed me to travel the world, see cities that I only saw in books and meet life long friends. Throwing my hammer on the grand stage has not only alleviated my stage-fright but has taught me some strong values that I will never lose.
Dedication, hard-work and integrity are the three values that grow with me as the years go by. I would have left this event years ago if I did not truly believe that I will be standing on the podium one day. I love this sport with all my heart and the dedication that I have to my sport and my event will carry me to that stage. To achieve my goals I have to put the time and effort into my training everyday. I know that if I put the work it, with all my strength, I will throw my hammer farther then I can ever imagine. To train and compete without integrity is not only a disgrace to yourself and those around you but to your sport. Their are no shortcuts in sports and if you take them, the journey that you had will only turn into wasted dreams. Always remember that nothing beats dedication, hard-work and integrity.
Being a women in sports is nothing to be timid about. I throw with the big guys, lift with the big guys and compete with the big guys all the time. The strength of every women athlete that has been part of my sport carries me to my goals and dreams.