Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018. 8:59 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Every month, the United States Embassy in Belize honors a Belizean woman for her arduous work and contributions to Belize.
For the month of September, Kaya C. Cattouse is Belize’s Wonder Woman!
While growing up, Kaya always excelled in sporting activities.
And now, she has blossomed into a multi-sport athlete with a profound interest in cycling. She got her very first road bike at the age of 12, and at age 13, she raced in Mexico with the male junior cyclists.
Kaya’s first elite female race with the Belize Cycling Association was at the age of 16. She has participated in local, regional, and international races.
Kaya is presently the National Sports Coordinator at the National Sports Council in Belize City. Her job allows her to impart values and discipline to youths through sports. Being a strong athlete has been the cornerstone for her growth and development as an admirable female athlete in Belize. Kaya remains cognizant that being an athlete requires immense discipline, dedication, and determination.
Kaya is a very strong advocate for female cyclists.
In an effort to encourage and attract more young females to cycling, she has single-handedly organized and executed a Summer Cycling Series for youths between the ages of 3 and 18 every summer for the last five years.
In 2016, she organized an annual High School Cycling Event for all the secondary institutions within the Belize district. From this initiative, new faces were welcomed into the female cycling arena.
Her passion for sports is viewed as a hobby and often times suppressed by the entities that manage sports in Belize; however, her drive and determination take her to places she once only dreamed of reaching.
Undoubtedly, there have been challenges along the way, but she reminds herself that “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and that “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”.
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