Diede de Groot

(Netherlands): Tennis Olympic Gold Medalist

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Season 3

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“I’VE GONE FROM BEING VERY SHY AND IN THE BACKGROUND TO USING MY VOICE A LITTLE BIT MORE AND I’VE NOTICED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS THAT PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY LISTENING”

Diede de Groot has won 31 majors, is the current world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and achieved a Golden Grand Slam: winning all four major tournaments in a calendar year (2021). She’s also a force off the court; Diede advocates for people with disabilities and adaptive clothing. “It’s not always easy to find the proper clothing for people with disabilities.”

As Diede has racked up record-breaking wins, she’s become increasingly outspoken about what matters to her. In fact, despite her countless wins, when asked what she’s most proud of, she shared that it’s her personal growth and finding of her voice.

In this episode, we focus on Diede’s commitment to changing the face of disability and adaptive sport. We hear from her childhood role model, Esther Vergeer (7x Paralympic Champion), her manager, Bart van Schijndel and Ian Cropp and Adam Lassner (Citi’s Global Sponsorship Team). We hear how Diede got into wheelchair tennis, her experience AFTER the Tokyo Paralympics, and her hopes for the future.

Contributing experts include:

  • Jennifer Bird (Sue’s Sister)
  • Coach Dawn Staley (Sue’s Former Teammate & Coach, Hall of Famer & Head Coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks)
  • Marina Mabrey (Professional Basketball Player, Dallas Wings)-Zoe & Alex Bird (Sue’s Nieces)

Audio included from the following sources:

  • Women Hooping’s YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird Hits Final Shot In New York To Clinch Win, Crowd Gives Standing Ovation Saluting Her Career’
  • WNBA’s YouTube Channel: ‘Best Of Sue Bird’s 3,000 Assists’
  • WCNC’s YouTube Channel: ‘Tokyo Olympics | Sue Bird’
  • Uninterrupted Love Is Manifesto from uninterrupted.com/loveis
  • CNN’s YouTube Channel: ‘WNBA players strike balance between athletics and activism’
  • 60 Minutes’ YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird on going public with her relationship with Megan Rapinoe’
  • March Madness’ YouTube Channel: ‘Best of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi in the Final Four for UConn’
  • ESPN’s YouTube Channel: ‘Marina Mabrey drops CAREER-HIGH 31 PTS as Dallas Wings clinch playoff berth! | WNBA on ESPN’
  • Seattle Storm Official’s YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird | Press Conference | Sue Announces Retirement’

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