Woman Wednesday: Katie Raynolds
When I was in college Katie was the reporter that would sometimes talk about our ultimate team and sometimes wouldn't. In actuality she was the D-1 Women's college editor, had a full time job and was also trying to keep up with about a million different women's players throughout the college scene. So yeah, sometimes she didn't have time to talk about our college team.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"As an athlete, I think about hours under the squat rack or on the track when I hear the word strength because that's the strength I'm proudest of. And that strength comes from the women in my life: my mother and grandmother are/were competitive athletes, and I learned early that big, powerful quads are cooler than a thinner waist or a smaller butt. My grandmother competed nationally in squash until she was 78, and my mother still competes nationally in squash.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I also met an incredible group of women in college who played with me on the college ultimate team. Together we took over the men-centric campus gyms, spotting and supporting each other. We took our team further than it had ever gone before or since at the national championships. This group is still my foundation, on the field and off of it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For a long time I thought that feeling physically strong was what made me feel emotionally and mentally strong. In reality, it's the women in my life who show me what strength can look like. I follow in their footsteps."