What is your position?
I'm head team coach of Triple C Weightlifting. I have produced international and national level athletes but most of my athletes are local competitors or just recreational Weightlifters. I still compete, I have achieved a World and Pan America, and Masters American records. I have been the Florida State Masters Weightlifter of the year 4 years in a row.
Tell me a little bit about why you were interested in joining the sports industry?
I've been obsessed with movement or understanding technique of a skill since I was little. I always horrible at office jobs, because I'd get in trouble for doing gymnastics in the office when I was bored. So, I started coaching gymnastics in my early 20's and it was best move ever. Then fast forward to my 30's when I had my kids I became obese and had to learn how to lose weight. This lead me to the fitness community, I became a personal trainer after losing over 100lbs. I began coaching CrossFit in early 2008, then found Olympic Weightlifting and began my quest to learn as much, and share as much as possible with others. I want to help people feel good about themselves through the power of Weightlifting. You can really change a persons life if you can bring the best out in them.
Did you ever feel that being a woman was a hindrance in your role? Do you see a lack of representation of women where you work?
In Weightlifting there are very few high level coaches, but there are a lot more beginner level female coaches. Mostly because of interest I believe. I find that I have to really prove myself at first, I'm 4foot 11inches and a female what could I possibly teach someone about being strong??? I feel that in the US men and women coaches have the same opportunity at this time but we have to really prove ourselves more.
What advice would you give women who wish to enter the industry?
Be tough. You will get used and you will not get credit for everything you do. You can not control everything, but you can control how you react to it.
What do you love about working in sports/where you work?
I love my sport and I love my athletes and the opportunity I have to touch there lives with Weightlifting. I am in between gyms now, currently looking for a new location. I am renting space in a friends gym until we get in our own training hall.
Do you have a mentor in the industry? If so, what is their gender? Do you think female mentorship would help increase female visibility within sports?
My mentor is a male, Daniel Camargo. He has been my coach since I started. I'm very grateful for him, however, I do wish I could spend some time with a the few top female coaches to gain there perspective.