Former World Champion Siri Lindley and the world’s third fastest female triathlete Rebekah Keat have shifted their focus to rescuing horses and dogs that are in turn healing humans
Transcending Sport is Presented by Chris Stafford
Podcast length: 28’48”
Former World Champion Triathlete and World No 1 Siri Lindley has become a highly successful and popular coach with Team Sirius Tri Club the No 1 coaching club in the US. She is also a sought after motivational speaker and author. Her wife Rebekah Keat is also a record breaking professional triathlete turned coach. The couple recently took their love of animals to a new level when they established Believe Ranch & Rescue– a non profit organization that rescues horses from slaughter and dogs from euthanasia. Their plan is to retrain and re-home the animals where they are most needed as therapy for their new owners. This is a compelling story of how animals can rescue humans too.
“They were always there, they were always loving me, they were always making me feel safe”
Siri explains how animals were so important to her as a child and how they helped give her the confidence to become an athlete:
“Growing up I was just a kid that was so riddled with fear and anxiety and my animals, at the time it was only dogs, we didn’t have horses, but my animals were that one steady constant. They were always there, they were always loving me, they were always making me feel safe. And they were always rescues so my animals were what kind of gave me the courage to get up and go every day and I know that sounds really dramatic but honestly I wad that kind of tightly wound and afraid that I think without their love and presence I could have gone down a very different route in my life so I’m forever grateful to my animals.
“And then as I grew older and falling in love with running and becoming the triathlete that I became. I remember that I had this dog called Whoopie that loved to run and every day she’d be pull my running shoes and bring them and drop them at my feet and wanted to get me out the door. We’d head out the door no matter how much I didn’t feel like running. Just watching her excitement and joy, she’d be looking around and smelling everything and I literally fell in love with running though watching her and through going out running with her because running is so amazing you can see the world, you can listen to the birds, you listen to the sounds, you see the beauty, you’re out in nature, it’s like heaven. And I really believe that my love for running is what allowed me to become – that was my strength as an athlete so I have my dog Whoopie to thank for that. Just really the life lessons and especially when I got horses.”
RELATED: Siri talks about her book Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly.