Caster Semenya is a South African and one of the best athletes alive, a world champion runner.
Due to her unbelievable wins in various middle distance races, there were doubts about her gender. After the test, they found out that although she is a female she has higher testosterone levels than a regular female. After several protests, she was still allowed to compete with other females.
Caster Semenya is an inspiration and a role model to people who are different from the ‘norm’. She also has an active voice in conversations concerning biological sex. She has inspired people to love themselves the way they are.
Here are some inspiring quotes that will encourage you to love yourself.
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Inspiring Caster Semenya Quotes
“The field is fantastic, great runners, so the best you can do is stay in control, pace yourself well, and then utilise it when you can do better.” Caster Semenya
“I know how I look like. I know how I sound. I know how I walk. I’m just gonna be me. I do me, and you do you.” Caster Semenya
“To me I don’t think sport is something that I can take for life. I still have my academy, my studies.” Caster Semenya
“It’s always great to perform, make the podium, and yeah, gold, silver, and bronze, will also encourage other nations, Asia, America to do better.” Caster Semenya
“Education is the key. If you are educated, nothing can defeat you.” Caster Semenya
“What is the point of me changing? If I became another person, it would be bad. If I acted in a different way with my friends, they would not be happy. It’s important I stay the same.” Caster Semenya
“With each year I experience, I become more relaxed. I know now what is important to listen to and what to ignore. You only get that with age.” Caster Semenya
“I have been subjected to unwarranted and invasive scrutiny of the most intimate and private details of my being.” Caster Semenya
“I am a fighter. I never give up.” Caster Semenya
“I’ve always liked to be on my own, since I was young. I like the sound of a quiet place. It helps me focus.” Caster Semenya
“It’s what my friends always tell me, that I’m a strong person and the best. But my head has to be clear before I run so nothing upsets me.” Caster Semenya
“From a young age, I was a pretty good listener, a strong lady. Maybe it helped me that I never felt intimidated by anybody. Even at school, I was always strong. I believed in myself, in what I do.” Caster Semenya
“When I’m racing, I’m thinking about my own race. I’m not thinking about anybody.” Caster Semenya
“I think I have made a difference. I have meant a lot to my people. I have done well. They are proud of me. And that was the main focus. I was doing it for my people, the people who support me.” Caster Semenya
“If I’m at my best, I feel I must win gold all the time.” Caster Semenya
“I am a dreamer. And what I dream of is to become Olympic champion, world champion, world record holder.” Caster Semenya
“When you walk out of your apartment, you think about performing; you do not think about how your opponent looks. So I think the advice from me to everybody is just to go out there and have fun.” Caster Semenya
“Yes, I learned history at school; I know everything about apartheid. My dad, he bought the books about it, stuff like that. But I just move on with my life. It’s completely different for me.” Caster Semenya
“I think sports are meant to unite people.” Caster Semenya
“When I am in that lane, and I hear, ‘Caster Semenya from South Africa,’ I always know I am doing it for my people. They love and support me, and I will always do them proud; I will always put them first. Without them, I am nothing.” Caster Semenya
“I don’t give a damn what people say about me. I like me the way I am, and who cares what other people say?” Caster Semenya
“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really focus on more negativity. I’m a positive person, and I look at things in a positive way.”. Caster Semenya
“I am not a fake. I am natural. I am just being Caster. I don’t want to be someone I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be someone people want me to be. I just want to be me. I was born like this. I don’t want any changes.” Caster Semenya
“I could never give up athletics. Running is what I will always do. Even if, maybe, the authorities could have stopped me from running in 2009, they could not have stopped me in the fields. I would have carried on with my running; it doesn’t matter. When I run I feel free, my mind is free.” Caster Semenya
“It’s all about the hard work, knowing your strengths and weaknesses. You work on what you know you can do best. I have speed.” Caster Semenya
“How the hell can you change gender in the rural areas? I am a woman. We don’t have good doctors; we are not rich to do such procedures.” Caster Semenya
“I think I make a difference. I mean a lot to my people. I’ve done well. They’re proud of me.” Caster Semenya
“I don’t understand when you say I have an advantage because I am a woman.”. Caster Semenya
“I don’t understand when you say I’m a man or I have a deep voice. I know I’m a female, so there’s no question for me.”. Caster Semenya
“I always felt a bit different. When I’m with boys, I feel comfortable. When I’m with girls, I catch feelings. It’s not anything I can control.” Caster Semenya