[Preview] Caster Semenya: Flag bearer for all women

Written by Staff Writer

Sep 10, 2019

We caught up with Caster at the Standard Bank Top Women Awards and Conference where she was awarded the Sport Icon of the Year trophy to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

“As a child I competed against older children so as not to demoralise others in my age group. I used to be a sprinter – running on the sand in the bush prepared me well – and once I got onto a track I was unstoppable. I had no fear and chased my dreams; I believed that everything I touched would turn to gold. (True that – so many gold medals later!) Athletics was my destiny – it fulfills me. When I run, I feel free.

“My parents raised me well, they did not question how I see the world and that I preferred the garden to the kitchen. They helped me not to care what others think of me. The bullies soon realised I was a visionary and that their negativity did not matter to me.

“My role model was Maria Mutola from Mozambique – the three-times Olympic gold medalist in the 800m – I wanted to walk in her footsteps.”

Read the full interview in Top Women Leaders, on sale in November.

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