Sika Henry: USA's First Black Female Pro Triathlete

 Sika Henry started Ironman 70.3 Texas
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In 2019, Sika Henry started Ironman 70.3 Texas in peak form following months of intense training with the sole objective of being fast enough to secure her license to become a professional triathlete.

But the path to reach her goal was not exactly what she had in mind, and following months of recovery from a major setback, she would later discover she had succeeded in more ways than one.

Henry crashed out midway through the half ironman in Texas and was taken to hospital with severe injuries from a bike collision with another competitor. Her dream of becoming professional hung in the balance, but it was only during her recovery that it dawned on her how important representation was as one of few Black athletes in the sport aiming to turn professional. She was a role model and a source of inspiration for children without even realizing it.

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