Jazmin Sawyers is a long jumper and Olympic finalist.
The 23-year-old posted to Twitter that she had to pull out of a competition because of period pain – and her explanation has gained her heaps of praise.
I wasn’t going to give an explanation online about why I pulled out of yesterday’s competition but this is something that isn’t talked about enough in sport, and it ought to be.
About an hour before I was supposed to leave for the track I came on my period – I get VERY bad periods for the first 1-2 days. Can’t walk, intense pain radiating down my legs, head spinning, full body sweating, shouting, crying kind of bad.
5 mins before leaving for the track all of the above happened. If you don’t have periods, or don’t have them this bad, it’s hard to imagine why I can’t just suck it up and compete, but when you’re in so much pain you can’t walk more than a few steps, and your legs buckle under your own weight, there’s no chance you can jump.
She added that it’s frustrating when you’re back to feeling fine a few hours or the day later. She said it happened to her every month, and recently, she almost missed a flight because she couldn’t drive with the pain. Last year, it affected how far she could compete in the Olympics.
We discuss injuries and illness openly, but this is something we don’t talk about and I wanted to put it out there because I’m sure there are other young athletes dealing with it. Girl, I believe you when you say how bad it is – you’re not alone.
She's received tonnes of support: