It’s an honor to have past U.S. #1 Alicia McConnell, in the hot seat today! A sports fanatic from a young age, Alicia’s rise to stardom may have appeared seamless from the outside, but it was certainly not an easy journey. In this episode, Alicia describes the mental health struggles that she went through when she was playing professionally, the immense pressure that she felt, and the lack of support she received. We discuss how Alicia got through this, and she shares some valuable advice for anyone who may be experiencing something similar. After her playing career came to an end, Alicia stayed close to the squash world, first as a coach, and then as part of the United States Olympic Committee, and she shares what she loved about both of these roles, and some of the incredible projects that she was an integral part of. We end the episode with a few questions that give further insights into Alicia’s personal life, and her passion for giving back.
Key Points From This Episode:
“We need to look at an athlete as a full person, a balanced person, with their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual life. It’s way more than just a medal.” — Alicia McConnell [0:02:26]
“A lot of countries supported their athletes; I was just out there on my own trying to figure this thing out.” — Alicia McConnell [0:31:13]
“You need support, you need to tell people how you feel. First you need to become aware of how you feel, and be kind to yourself.” — Alicia McConnell [0:32:23]
“You have to really get to know yourself and like yourself, and whatever you do, you can make that your own success. You don’t have to have other people tell you that it’s a success.” — Alicia McConnell [0:40:18]
“If you were given a lot in your life, to give back gives you a strong sense of purpose, and I think it’s really important.” — Alicia McConnell [01:02:09]
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