The race to be myself


Woman. Athlete. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. ‘The Race To Be Myself’ is an intimate exploration of Caster Semenya’s many identities, told for the first time by Caster herself. In her own words, Caster takes the reader through key moments that defined her story, sharing her journey from childhood, through to her teenage years and adulthood. In the book, Caster will detail what went on behind the scenes when she found international fame, how it felt to have her body dissected for the whole world to see. Caster will explore how the politics of race, gender, and sexuality play out at the highest levels of competitive sports and why she is determined to continue the fight for her and others right to run free.

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World champion runner Caster Semenya offers an empowering account of her extraordinary life and career, and her trailblazing battle to compete on her own terms.

Banned from the sport she loved because she was labelled ‘different’, Olympic and World Champion Caster Semenya is finally ready to share the vivid and blisteringly honest story of how the world came to know her name. Thrust into the spotlight after winning the 2009 World Championships Caster Semenya quickly became the centre of a debate which still continues today about gender in sports, and the right to compete as you are.

Told with blistering candour and captivating speed, The Race To Be Myself is a journey through innocence, ambition, defiance, and acceptance. From her rural beginnings running in the dust, to crushing her opponents on the track. To the falsehoods spread about her name, and the many trials she has been forced to endure publicly and privately. This is Caster’s time to set the record straight and share her story of how she became a defiant champion.

Throughout it all Caster has found triumph in her strong will, her community and her family. Caster’s story is our story, and testimony to anyone forced to stop doing what they love.