Standing Tall Has Nothing To Do With Height…
It’s pretty bloody hard being 5 ft 1 and looking young, working in the male dominated sports world and trying to make a name for myself.
Yes I get told, ‘oh but when you’re in your 40’s you will love it, people will think you look younger’ but no, I won’t.
Right now I hate looking young and not being taken seriously.
Last year when I was travelling to America alone (at the age of 26), I was asked where my guardian was to chaperone me. No joke.
And this is what I find most of the time! I’m currently busting my behind trying to run and expand a successful tennis club which consists of all male coaches and 250+ members, operate an online business and grow within my career.
I am also heading up a tennis team that are competing internationally in Israel this Summer and every single one of my 12 players, male and female, are twice the size of me – and look older!
It’s hard when people don’t take you seriously and judge you straight away. It eats you up, tampers with your confidence and even makes you start doubting yourself. However, I have found within my experience, all you can do is continue to keep your head down and work hard because at some point you will fly past these people that make the comments.
Once you have, you will find that they then start listening and respecting you for what you’ve achieved. No questions asked and no justifications given.
So how do I try to overcome this situation on a day to day basis?
- Keep my head down and power on
- Show them who is boss (in a tactful way)
- Make a difference
- Make myself known and heard
- Not let the outside world or negative comments affect me
There are always up and downs but the journey continues and the goal list keeps growing, only except in height.
Bio: I’m Sophie and I am 27 years old, living in suburban London with my family and two pets.
I have a huge passion for fitness and sport and am a qualified tennis coach, running a tennis club with 250+ members as well as an acting Head of Operations for Ultimate Player, an innovative online sports platform for coaches to give their players individual performance statistics.
A typical scorpio, an average all rounder and madly career driven, I’m 5’1 and have a baby face, but I am strong and determined, always proving people wrong and always aiming to conqeur and reach my next goal. #smallbutmighty
I’ve always wanted to create a blog and thought that here would be the best place to start, sharing my experiences and views within sport and fitness, work and all round achieving my self made goals that I’ve set out in this huge wide world.