This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Katherine Starr, a two time Olympian at the 1984 and 1988 Games. In 1986 she won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Katherine experienced success at the collegiate level in swimming for the University of Texas, participating on three NCAA championship teams and named 14-time All-American. Katherine founded Safe4Athletes in 2011 as a result of living for decades with pain and suffering from the tragic effects of coach athlete sexual abuse. Safe4Athletes was brought to life to help other athletes who have experienced the same destructive abuse of power in the coach athlete relationship.
Safe4Athletes’ mission is to advocate for athletes that have been abused, bullied or harassed by their more powerful coach or teammate.
Katherine has acted as an advocate for athletes involved in coach-athlete sexual abuse, athlete on athlete sexual abuse, athlete cyber-bullying, athlete sexual hazing as well as many forms of athletic abuse in general.
Highlights from the Podcast:
- Kathrine shares her story as a young athlete being abused by her coach
- Why are so many who are being abused afraid to report what is happening to them?
- How can an athlete report abuse without losing their spot on a team?
- Why should parents read “Horton Hears a Who”?
- How are systems keeping in the abuse and what can we do about it?
- Where does the needed change come from?
- What is the goal of Safe4Athletes?
To get in contact with Katherine, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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