By Jay Burns
The growing pains for athletes go beyond shin splints and pulled muscles.
A native of San Salvador, El Salvador, Erika Parker ’23 loved squash from the get-go, competing in and winning youth tournaments throughout the Americas as a young athlete.
The problem was, she loved winning more than the sport itself. And with greater competition came losses, which became harder and harder for her to deal with. Her self-doubt grew. She questioned why she was spending so much time on the sport.
She recalled how her father asked if she regretted the time she’d given to the sport. Frustrated and angry, Parker said that yes: It was all a waste.[Read more…] about ‘BEING TOLD I COULDN’T’: INSPIRING STORIES FROM BATES FEMALE ATHLETES