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Lynn Mattix on Fund Her Tri and sharing the healing nature of sport

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Lynn Mattix is a wife, mom, USAF veteran, military spouse, age-grouper in triathlon, and the founder of Fund Her Tri.

Fund Her Tri is a nonprofit that pursues equality in triathlon, breaks down the financial barrier & makes triathlon more accessible to women & girls. The Fund Her Tri team raises money to pay race registration fees for first-time, female triathletes. Lynn says, “In an effort to grow the participation of women in the sport of triathlon, I wanted to start an organization that provides financial resources to first-timers. My professional background is in aviation so starting a nonprofit is outside my comfort zone, but if triathlon has taught me anything, it’s that I’m capable of far more than I ever dreamed possible. I have been doing triathlons for 10 years and I hope to continue doing it forever. The sport has changed my life in the best way.”

Discussed in this episode:

–Lynn’s experience with teenage pregnancy and why she speaks openly about it

–Open adoption

–Military careers

–“Addictive personalities” and endurance sports

–Barriers to entry for women in triathlon

Vanessa Foerster on the Social Sport podcast

–How gender interacts with other marginalized identities to increase barriers to entry in triathlon

–Outspoken Women in Triathlon’s Bethany Rutledge Memorial Award

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Turia Pitt, 2016 IRONMAN World Championships

Quotes:

“When women are loving themselves, you can see it. We’re unstoppable. It’s wonderful. I basically just wanted to share that with as many people as possible.” -Lynn Mattix

“I want [my daughter] to understand that this is how we live. We live in a way that gives to others.” -Lynn Mattix

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