Embrace what you have right now.
I've accepted myself.
I love everything about myself.
Never give up.
Even though the weight may look heavy.
Your program looks daunting.
Never give up.
Like everything in life, you gotta push through it, keep your head up and give it all that you got.
3000331 day ago
So much respect for this grrrl.
After an amazing weekend at NZPF nationals, I feel the need to share an unfortunate experience. I’d list it as the most disheartening thing I’ve seen in my 11 years of powerlifting. By no means is this a reflection on the competition itself. Jo and his team did an amazing job with nationals, and it’s been the best powerlifting meet I’ve seen in NZ so far.
In this picture, I see a strong, young lifter, with plenty of talent on and off the platform, with a bright future in both. Look closely, and you’ll notice that as Orla pulled this huge deadlift of 150kg, at 63kg, she experienced stress incontinence. Not a rare occurrence on the platform. An experience completely out of her control in the moment.
She experienced this on all three of her attempts. At 20 years old, Orla has been diagnosed with a prolapsed bladder. I’ve worked with Orla for a while now, and I know just how much stress and discomfort she’s been through. I know how hard she’s worked for this. And I’ve seen the times she’s spent questioning herself when she experiences it. Don’t underestimate how tough this girl is.
After this, her second attempt, we were standing at the table discussing her third. The head ref approached her and loudly and sternly told her she needs to put a pad on. No lifter should ever be accosted for something totally out of their control, something common and something that already has an unwarranted stigma of embarrassment around it. Would the ref yell at someone for vomiting? Bleeding? Passing out?
I’ve run meets from a local level to national, and soon international level. As a meet director you know these things happen and your deal with them discreetly, quietly, and in a manner so as to ensure the lifter has the best experience possible. It’s sad that this instance was not handled in the same manner.
Knowing it would change nothing, Orla still followed the ref’s instruction. She pulled 157.5kg, no change in the incontinence. I share the photo because I’m proud of this amazing effort, by this amazing lifter. And I hope it get’s as much love as it deserves.
3074202 days ago
“Where there is a woman, there is magic.” -Ntozake Shange
HBD to me 🦄🦋🐠🔮🎊🎁🎉 - #regrann
3031103 days ago
You're free to take up space.
Wherever you want to take up space.
Any sport. Any activity. Any job
2441104 days ago
👑aLmOsT eVeRyThInG wiLL wOrK aGaIn If YoU uNpLuG iT fOr A fEw MiNuTEs, IncLuDiNg YOU! 👑
I can forget everything that’s ‘normal’ for women in the world.
I can go out and just play ball like a football player.
Just put my pads on and do my best job on the field.
JENITRA J-ROC SHIELDS
2755141 week ago
Note to production team. Next time put the logo higher. 😂😂😂😂🙈🙈🙈🙈🙊🙊🙊