- Caster Semenya says she once had to strip naked to prove her gender to other children
- She made the remark while speaking at a conference
- Semenya also described her childhood and her sporty upbringing
Caster Semenya says that she once had go go into a change-room naked as a child to prove that she was a girl.
Semenya told the story at the Standard Bank Top Women Conference in Kempton Park on the East Rand.
The athlete also shared that she had to walk seven miles every day - something she thinks improved her abilities as a runner.
Semenya also shared the sporty childhood she had, Briefly.co.za has gathered. She says that her mother played netball and that her father played soccer, so there was constantly sport being played in her household when she was growing up. Semenya added that she herself began playing soccer at four and that her dad used to say that she would one day play for Banyana Banyana, according to The Sowetan.
Semenya also detailed her strenuous training routines, even while at school. For example, Semenya used to train in sand rather than on the track as this was more difficult. She also regularly competed against older students in races.
"[This is] why I am tough, why am I fearless, why I do not care about what other people think about me," Semenya said.
She also pointed out some negative aspects of her childhood, however. For example, she says that while she played soccer some of the other players doubted that she was really a girl.
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