If the name Santia Deck doesn’t ring a bell, it will soon. This athlete guru just made history by signing a multimillion-dollar contract with a football team. The first women to ever sign a contract this big is huge and represents a lot for female athletes everywhere in the world. Not only is she making history and inspiring a world of female athletes, she’s also the official face of the Women’s Football League Association. To say she’s accomplished is an understatement. This born athlete is an inspiration for all! Make sure to read our interview with her as she tells us about what it’s like to be an athlete, the hard parts, her inspiration and what her plans are for the future. We promise you, it’s worth the read! #GirlPower
BWR: Growing up, where you always into sports? When did you decide you wanted to become an athlete?
Santia: Yes I was! My first sport was tennis when I was just four years old. I honestly was an athlete coming out of the womb. I wanted to be an athlete the moment I was able to understand what it meant. #Bornathlete
BWR: What’s the hardest part of being an athlete?
Santia: Injuries and pushing yourself to keep going when you aren’t performing the way you want to.
BWR: Being an athlete isn’t just about having physical strength. A lot of people often say that it’s also about mental strength and your emotions. What are your thoughts on that?
Santia: I definitely agree! Sports is definitely 90 percent mental and 10% physical. If you aren’t prepared mentally just as much physically for a game, you already lost. People often underestimate the power that your mental health can have on your performance.
BWR: You’re the first women to sign a multimillion-dollar contract with a football team. How does that make you feel?
Santia: I feel great! I’m honestly most excited about how this is going to change the structure of women’s sports as a whole. It’s not about me. It’s so much bigger than that.
BWR: In addition to making history, you’re also the face of the Women’s Football League Association. Does this put you under any sort of pressure in performing well?
Santia: It does in a way put some pressure for sure. I would be lying if I said otherwise. It’s going to make me want to go harder in everything I do. Definitely feeling the pressure to perform well.
BWR: What are you most proud of? What’s been your biggest accomplishment in your professional life?
Santia: Definitely getting to be apart of the history I just made for sure. I never thought I would get to where I am today, so this is definitely the biggest accomplishment of my professional career.
BWR: What advice can you give to the next generation of female athletes?
Santia: If you want it, go get it! Don’t let anyone stop you from chasing your dreams! Anything is possible!
On a final note, what are your future goals? Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Santia: Well in 10 years I will be 38, lol. So, married with kids hopefully. A retired athlete and traveling the world watching my kids grow up and supporting their dreams. That’s the plan.