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Persistence

“The fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”

I’ve been struggling recently with finding that zest for trying new things, hiding in my comfort zone and lacking energy for being brave then, at the weekend, Roger Federer at the age of 35 won a record 8th Wimbledon without losing a single set. I started thinking…..

Amaiya Zafar made history by becoming the first boxer to wear a hijab during a competitive boxing fight.

Ed Whitlock, 85, became a world record holder after the English-born Canadian finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in under four hours. 

Gavin Hennigan, a former heroin addict, became the fastest solo competitor in the history of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, dubbed the worlds toughest row.

Billie Jean King did a huge amount to championed women in sport and level the playing field. In 1973 at the Houston Astrodome, King defeated one-time Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs in straight sets. This match was known at the “Battle of the Sexes”. 

Tegla Loroupe is a Kenyan long-distance track and road runner and the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon and has held many world records.

Curt Flood, an All-Star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960’s, became a pioneering figure in the legal attack on baseball’s reserve clause that foreshadowed the era of free agents. 

This is only a very small amount of some of the incredible achievements in sport. But they all had the same thing in common. Persistence. That fight. That sheer determination to overcome the biggest opposition. 

Next time I feel lost, I’ll remind myself of what I could possibly achieve, if, I have a little more persistence.