One of the secrets to Steph Gilmoreâ€™s six-time world champion success is to forget about the trophies (â€œTheyâ€™re just material thingsâ€) and detach herself from wins and losses.
Instead she says she focuses on the evolution of herself.Â â€œThere is never a point where you really know everythingâ€¦ it has helped me to stay curious about the world and curious about being a human being and what can we get out of this life,â€ she says.
The self-confessed tomboy says she has evolved into a woman under the spotlight â€“ which was â€œscaryâ€ â€“ but feels peaceful about her path of authenticity. â€œIâ€™ve just been like, well this is me, this is who I am and I have always tried my hardest to be as genuine as I can be and I think that resonated with people.
â€œI love inspiring other people to go out there and fall in love with something and chase after it; put yourself in a situation where you feel challenged and intimated and try and grow out of it. Every time you lose a heat, a contest or a world title, you learn so much from that experience and you take that into your next journey.â€
Out of the water, Stephâ€™s had her share of challenges – in 2010, she was attacked by a man with a metal bar outside of her home.
â€œIâ€™ve always had a positive take on everything,â€ she says, â€œEven when I had my losses and everyone goes through different things in their life, you go through the downs and the ups and you have the strugglesâ€¦ Iâ€™ve always had an opinion that itâ€™s all a part of the journeyâ€¦ and the sweetâ€™s never as sweet without the sour. Put your seatbelt on for the ride and be ready for anythingâ€¦â€
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We gave Steph one minute to tell us about winning, failure, fear, self-belief and happiness â€“ and the result was cuteness overload.