Q&A with Sarina Frauenstein: Race Ambassador of the week

Sarina Frauenstein is a well loved radio personality and race ambassador. She sat down to chat with us about the SPAR Women’s Challenge and what #YesIam means to her.

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Tell us about your journey with the SPAR Women’s Challenge and how you got involved with the race?

My first SPAR Women’s Challenge race was a challenged I issued to myself. I wanted to get fit and needed a goal. So, I entered the SPAR Women’s Challenge 5km run a couple of years back. The vibe, entertainment and excitement on the day totally wowed me. Soon the SPAR Women’s Challenge was a must-do on my calendar. When asked to be a brand ambassador for the race, I was over the moon! My love for people and fitness merged beautifully in the shape of the SPAR Women’s Challenge!

The theme of this year’s SPAR Women’s Challenge race is #YesIAm. Drawing from your personal life - what does this mean to you?

I’ve been a people pleaser all my life, to the point where I let others define my worth. People whom I trusted, hurt me badly so I made a conscious decision to take my power back, acknowledge my weaknesses and embrace my strengths. Yes, I am soft. That is not a weakness. Personally, #YesIAm means knowing yourself, defining who you are and building on who you want to be. Live your life by actively focusing on your dreams. Remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.

‘Yes I Am’ in love with radio can easily be your motto since you have been involved in the radio industry for a decade. What was your inspiration to choose radio as your medium of communication to influence, inform, educate and engage listeners? What advice can you give to women to be just who they are?

Ever since I was a little girl, I  knew I wanted to work in the radio industry. I love the magic of radio. You can get away with so much when it comes to the theatre of the mind. I love the authenticity that comes with radio – everything is raw and unrehearsed. If you make a mistake, you learn to laugh about it and move on, because lingering on it will influence your performance for the rest of the show. That’s also a good analogy for life. Being yourself means shedding all the layers of looking good, wanting to be liked, being scared to stand out and trying to be who you think people want you to be. Being yourself means being naked, raw and vulnerable. My advice to women is learning to laugh at yourself.

Who in your life has inspired you to say ‘Yes I Am’ - thus to be authentically you?

I am inspired by all the special women in my life. My sisters. My mom. My colleagues. My friends. I am privileged to have a network of beautiful and steadfast women around me. I look to these ladies for strength and accountability. They call me out when I’m not being myself and they catch me when I need to be caught. Ensure you surround yourself with quality women. Life will throw you some curveballs and it’s then when you’ll find that you are only as strong as the people around you.

Why is it important for us to enable others to say: ‘Yes I Am’? Is this something that you do in your everyday life?

I believe positive self-talk is important and it’s something I try to do it daily. Positive self-talk boosts your confidence, eliminates stress and helps you to focus on your goals. The “Yes I Am”-affirmation is a quick and powerful tool to help steer your mind, and ultimately your life. Yes, I am smart. Yes, I am strong. Yes, I am able to face whatever life throws at me. Repeat it until you believe it. Proclaim it over your life! If you’re at a point in your life where you don’t believe it or even feel like you can’t say it, come to the SPAR Women’s Challenge. Listen to the women’s stories, their struggles and how they overcome things you would never have imagined! This event brings the most beautiful people together and gives us a chance to inspire and uplift each other.

Will you attend race day on 3 August?

OF COURSE! As I mentioned before, the race is always a highlight of my year. I have already started training!

Kindly give us some reasons/motivations to inspire people to join in on race day.

One of the things that make the SPAR Women’s Challenge different from other road races, is that proceeds go towards different non-profit organisations. That alone is enough motivation for me to put on my tekkies! Some other reasons why this race is so popular: you meet amazing people during the race, you work up a sweat and burn some calories and you get an amazing goodie bag and a medal on completing the race!