If it scares you, do it again.
As a competitive beach volleyball player, you need to compete in a bikini. With an audience. On television. And yes, it is as daunting as it sounds. For this reason, Bejancke’s coach made the whole squad train in two-pieces to prepare them for match day. “I felt uncomfortable because I was conscious of my body,” recalls Bejancke. “When you do running drills, you feel like everything is just jiggling. Most of us were scared to play in our bikinis and scared of what people would say.” But she took inspiration from senior team mates. “I saw older players playing in their bikinis and I saw how they looked and I thought, ‘No ways, why must I be shy about wearing a bikini when they’re not?’” Now, Bejancke’s bikini is a second skin, giving her the freedom to duck, dash and dive unhindered. “When you play in a bikini, you don’t get hot. It’s more comfortable, you can feel the breeze blowing, cooling you down... I feel confident,” she says.