This is how sport not only saved my life but transformed it
As i am approaching the last few kilometres of the Valencia Marathon, overwhelmed with emotion as the realisation of achieving my goal of running a 2:35 Marathon crosses my mind, i can’t help but think back to 2011 when I was lying in my hospital bed gasping for air , afraid that this illness will take my life. While I lie there hopeless, discouraged, ready to give up the fight, a second chance comes in the form a doctor’s advice, advice which steered me in the direction of what turn out to be my destiny.
As an athlete I have found aside from hard work , the greatest tools for success are passion and desire. These practices have led to my achievements and contributed to a purposeful career. Thus I always encourage people to take up running wherever I can as there are many things to be gained from running. Not only does running increase your lifespan, it allows you to explore and experience different places, it enables you to look and feel good about yourself and it instils qualities such as discipline, tenacity, dedication and patience- qualities needed in all aspects of life.
ASPIRE TO INSPIRE
Sports has opened many doors for me, I have been blessed with this talent and my gift back would be to use any opportunity to help others experience the benefits of sport and to give back to the community in which ever way I can. I believe in a balanced life and to always be grateful for my blessings. I always remember that i have an ability to inspire someone through running. Therefore I am active in projects that make a difference in the lives of people, whether it be as a mentor, coach, manager , inspirational talks, or simply engaging with young athletes. Some of the projects include Endurocad, mentoring the Fit2run group, fundraising for #girlscanrun, sacanrun shoe drive.
The important people who are involved
I have been blessed with amazing sponsors that have supported me on my journey. For any athlete to become a champion and achieve success in sport they need a team. I am very fortunate to have the best sponsors backing me all the way and making it possible for me to perform at the best of my abilities.