Realmomsters are moms we look up to, moms that inspire us, that motivate us, that show us that everything we aspire at, can be real. This week, it’s all about determination, courage and perseverance, as athlete Shelly-Ann showed us this weekend in Doha. She proved to us all, mothers and aspiring or future mothers, that children can’t and should not stop us from making our dreams come true. She is a live example that the motherhood journey sometimes makes us stronger than before, and that our dreams are often enhanced by our children, and not diminished.
“Standing here having done it again at 32, and holding my baby, is a dream come true,” says six-time Olympic medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, after winning this Sunday’s Women’s 100m Final. In addition to winning her eighth (!) world title, Fraser-Pryce also became the oldest woman to ever win a world or Olympic 100m title, but more importantly, the first MOM to ever achieve this honor, according to NBC Sports.
Her win is even more so emotional during her victory lap holding her 2-year old son in her arms.
“I can’t believe it. I worked so hard to be back. The field was so strong I had to come good here and I’m so excited to come out with victory,” she added. “Zyon and my husband have been my strength. When everybody else doubted me, they never did. It’s down to them that I am here again.”
Shelly-Ann admitted in her interview to the Associated Press that getting back into shape mentally and physically was difficult.
“For 10 weeks, I couldn’t lift weights (while lying) on my back,” Fraser-Pryce told the Associated Press. “And mentally, it’s even harder because you’re 30, you’re having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard.”
Sharing her well-deserved victory on Instagram, she wrote that her story is proof that “absolutely no one gets to write your story but you!”
“Two years ago giving birth to Zyon changed me. Two years ago I lost a loved one and two years ago I was broken. But yet I RISE… I am so grateful for the outpouring of love from my friends, family, fellow athletes, supporters and sponsors over the years. Your belief and encouragement gave me strength. But I am even more grateful for those girls who will come after me or the women who are still holding their own and working on their greatness in their own way and never trying to be anyone but themselves!
I am humbled to be filling my shoes with my potential, fill yours and never stop for anyone and do it with all your heart and all your courage, and do it well🙏. The story continues…”
Chapeau bas, Realmomster!
Such an inspiration to us all, and you will continue to be so for a very long time!