If it scares you, do it again.

Women's Health (South Africa) - - YOUR BODY -

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.

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