Two-time Olympic champion, Penny Heyns, is using her role as 2020 Momentum gsport Awards ambassador, to champion the need for more role models for young girls in sport.
The international swimming icon is excited to see more women in sport leading the way to encourage young girls to pursue their sporting dreams and lauds initiatives such as gsport for creating a platform to share the athletes’ inspiring stories.
“I think if we look specifically at the code that I was involved in, swimming, for a number of years there were a lack of role models, let us say 10 years after my career.
“I think finally the girls have because of the awards like gsport and also the likes of the stars coming up now – Tatjana Schoenmaker and others – they have people that they can look up to.” – 2020 Momentum gsport Awards ambassador, Penny Heyns.
“I think finally the girls have because of the awards like gsport and also the likes of the stars coming up now – Tatjana Schoenmaker and others – they have people that they can look up to,” said Heyns to Expresso Show’s Graeme Richards.
In an in-depth interview which also featured gsport Editor, Kass Naidoo, on Friday, 10 July, both women shared their personal experiences of the earlier days coming into sport and having to create their own paths.
Heyns’ message to the youth is to continue pushing through the difficult moments and enjoy the journey.
“My message to the young girls is to swim your own race. When you go through that tough time you just have to keep on keeping on because we cannot see the heights that we can potentially achieve in the future when you’re just starting out.
“Take it one step at a time, enjoy the journey and focus on the details because excellence in the details is what leads to the success of tomorrow,” she concluded.
Photo 1 Caption: Two-time Olympic champion, Penny Heyns, has been using her role as 2020 Momentum gsport Awards ambassador to share views on various topics involving the current state of women’s sport and recently highlighted the increase of role models for young girls. Photo: Swimming World (Twitter)