Read the extraordinary post from an Aussie Olympic star as she BEGS fans to help finding a new career after sporting retirement
- Sally Pearson, 35, formally retired from competitive athletics in August of 2019
- Golden girl of the track had a crack at coaching, now a doting mother to Ruby
- Raw Facebook post on Monday revealed doubts in Pearson’s next phase of life
Former Australian athletics star Sally Pearson has publicly revealed her struggles with adjusting to life off the track and asked fans for guidance as she searches for a new career.
Taking to Facebook on Monday, the gold medallist in the 100m hurdles at the London Olympics in 2012 stated she is open to an array of options as she chases a new life focus.
‘Rediscovering myself after retiring from athletics hasn’t been easy and still isn’t,’ Pearson, 35, posted.
‘I’ve dipped my toes into a few different areas but so far nothing has stuck. Maybe it’s me not pushing myself towards those avenues or maybe it’s my anxiety telling me ‘you’re not good enough’ and ‘those people won’t hire you’….Whatever it is, it’s tough.
‘I feel like a kid who has just left school trying to figure out what it is that makes me tick again. Athletics was easy for me! Yes, I worked very hard to achieve the success that I did, but it came easy to me to work hard for it because I loved it!
Former Australian athletics star Sally Pearson has publicly revealed her struggles as she slowly adjusts to life post the track (pictured, at a photo shoot in Sydney back in 2016)
The former track star is loving motherhood, but is struggling to find her new niche professionally
Gold Coast based Pearson, 35, told her social media followers this week she needs a new focus post her glittering athletics career
‘I need to find something like that again. Who knows where and when that might happen.. If you have any ideas drop a comment below please.’
Numerous followers of the popular retired athlete on social media were quick to offer suggestions for a new career path.
One left-field idea was the sport of lawn bowls as it requires ‘strength and determination’ just like athletics, while another felt reflecting on her childhood joys or speaking to relatives would reveal the answer.
A third felt ‘living in the now and continuing to explore’ was the answer, before stressing it is ‘OK to try new things.’
Following a glittering career, where she also won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and World Indoor Athletic titles, Pearson retired from the sport in August of 2019.
A hamstring tear forced her out of the Rio Olympics in 2016, before she withdrew from the Commonwealth Games two years later due to a Achilles tendon injury.
In 2020, Pearson became a mother for the first time, with daughter Ruby Elizabeth Pearson born on July 8.
She later told Daily Mail Australia becoming a doting parent alongside her long term husband Kieran changed her life for the better.
‘It’s really special. I never imagined what it would be like to be a parent because it wasn’t really on my radar as I dedicated my life to athletics,’ Pearson said.
‘Being a mum it changes your whole perspective on life and it’s a very selfish thing to do to raise a human to be the best person they can be so it’s very fulfilling.’
Pearson is seen celebrating after winning gold in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games
In recent years, Pearson (pictured, with husband Kieran) was the ambassador for DrinkWise – an initiative that aims to educate women on the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant or breastfeeding
SALLY’S ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER:
Sally Pearson’s talent on the track was discovered at a young age and over her illustrious 16-year-long career in sports she has raked in a trove of medals.
Listed below are just a handful of her achievements:
2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Silver, 100 metre hurdles
2012 London Olympic Games: Gold, 100m hurdles
IAAF World Athletics Championships:
2011 Daegu World Championships: Gold, 100m hurdles
2013 Moscow World Championships: Silver, 100m hurdles
2017 London World Championships: Gold, 100m hurdles
2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games: Bronze, 4x100m relay
2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games: Gold, 100m hurdles
2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games: Gold, 100m hurdles