“From a young age I struggled with body image. I was larger than a lot of my friends, and built differently, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but when the media is telling you something different, and telling you who you are, and what your worth means, and how your weight relates to that, that’s hard to get past. Part of finding myself was learning to love my body and love who I am as a person.”
“I’m a triathlete that just happens to have autism. And I’m going to be awesome.
Most people don’t understand autism. If I can show people that someone with autism can be a successful triathlete, then it will motivate people.
Autism is an advantage. I am very focused, and I’m not easily distracted.
“I started running when I was 12. The coach kept asking me to come back, but my grandmother and my mother kept asking me not to go, because it’s not the girls’ thing – you just stay home and do housework. I thought ‘no, someone appreciates my ability, why don’t you let me go?’ I think that it’s my own decision that I need to keep going and need to run. “