Sarah Robinson – Mississippi Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination and Photography by Jessica Coulson Photography Issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Sarah Robinson has overcome a lot of obstacles in her life. From being born at 7 1/2 weeks premature, to being the leader of the pack, she is awe inspiring to me. Sarah weighed 3.4 pounds and fought asthma and is now an amazing athlete and roll model for other peers. She was chosen as one of the members of the 2020 Semper Fidelis All American Team to represent the state of Mississippi. Seven years ago, her father had a life-altering accident. She has stepped up to the plate and helped him with running the family business. Sarah is an all around good girl and is very well deserving of this award.
Photography by Jessica Coulson Photography
What do you think is the biggest influence you had to overcome all your obstacles to become the amazing athlete and role model you are now? I guess being born a ‘preemie’ was the first big battle for both me and my parents. Coming into this world 7 weeks early at whooping 3 pounds set the stage for me to be a fighter. My father was the first to hold me. That bond has never been broken. I draw strength and encouragement daily from my dad. He instilled in me the drive and determination to work thru the setbacks of asthma, working out and building endurance. He never treated me as a fragile little girl. He taught me to be gritty and that it was ok to be an aggressive competitor. When I watched my dad race dirt bikes, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and he was more than a willing teacher.
Tell us what sports you play: Since I was a small child I have participated in organized sports, whether in a league or at school. Soccer, dirt bike racing, gymnastics, dance, track and field and shooting are some of the sports I have enjoyed. My soccer coach, Lyndon Cain has greatly impacted by life and truly inspired me to be ‘more’ than just an athlete. He has taught me responsibility and commitment. He stresses the importance of ‘teamwork’ yet at the same time he ‘pushes’ us each individually, to always give just a little bit more, to set the bar a little higher so ‘WE’ can reach our full potential and stretch our limits, mentally- physically and socially.
Photography by Randy J Williams
What is the 2020 Semper Fidelis All American Team and what are your roles and responsibilities as a member to represent the State of Mississippi? Through soccer I have learned to not only be a player but also a leader and mentor. There is more to school than just sports. Coach Cain nominated me to represent my school in the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis program last winter. His nomination was based on my participation and leadership in sports, my involvement in our community and maintaining high academic standards. The motto of the Marine Corps is “Always Faithful”. As a student athlete I hope to exemplify dedication to my studies as well as my sports, staying true to myself and my beliefs.
Photography by Randy J Williams
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I’d be the first to admit I am a tomboy at heart, but I also have a girlie girl side! As a small child I loved gymnastics and dancing. I am a ‘Bravette’, a member of our high school dance team. For the past 4 years I have thoroughly loved the Friday night lights, the football games and then supporting our high school basketball teams. Dancers have a little bit of a competitive nature too. Our squad is small in number but big in heart and it is a sisterhood that I will always cherish.
Look for Sarah in issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!