Shantelle Thompson, a proud Barkindji and Ngyampaa woman, three time Jiu-Jitsu world champion and mother, has rekindled her passion for the sport after a challenging pregnancy and childbirth. Despite initial doubts about her ability to compete at the highest level once again, Shantelle has overcome adversity and returned to the sport she loves. Her goal now is to inspire other mothers, as well as Indigenous girls and women, to pursue their dreams.
Shantelle's journey serves as a powerful example of resilience and determination, qualities that are highly valued in the professional sport industry. As a champion athlete, Shantelle has faced numerous obstacles throughout her career, but she has always remained focused on her goals and worked tirelessly to overcome any challenges that came her way.
Now, with her return to Jiu-Jitsu, Shantelle hopes to encourage other mothers to prioritize their own physical and mental wellbeing, while also setting an example for Indigenous girls and women. By sharing her story and demonstrating that it's possible to balance motherhood and a successful sporting career, Shantelle is breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes about what women can achieve.
In addition to inspiring others through her athletic achievements, Shantelle is also committed to using her platform to advocate for Indigenous rights and promote cultural awareness. As a proud Indigenous woman herself, Shantelle is passionate about empowering her community and using her voice to effect positive change.
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Courtesy ABC News