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Meet our 2024 Pro Ambassadors!

International squash champion, gravel cycling Hall of Famer, and a message to all girls

A Little Bellas Pro Ambassador isn’t only an agent of sport, she’s a diver in a deep talent pool who surfaces to tell us that there’s way more to becoming a pro than results. Just like us, our Pro Ambassadors have also failed, been frustrated, and made mistakes. Most everyone can relate but what makes our Pro Ambassadors so vital is how they adapt their own experiences to teach, motivate, and encourage Little Bellas to be more confident.

U.S. and Pan American Squash Champion

Sabrina Sobhy doesn't just play squash, she inhabits it.

Making her debut as a Pro Ambassador, Sabrina Sobhy is a professional squash player who needs more fingers to count the number of distinctions she’s won. Squash, rated the healthiest sport by Forbes magazine, is set to make its Olympic debut in 2028, for which Sabrina and the rest of the squash community is beyond thrilled. We realized that we didn't know that much about squash and now, with Sabrina on our team and four years to study up on the sport, we thought we'd ask her about it.

Little Bellas: How do you train for squash?

Sabrina: Training for squash can look differently for everyone. It is a sport that requires peak physicality so a well-rounded training incorporating a variety of exercises is typical. Of course, a lot of the training is on court with my coach, other players and sometimes on my own. On court, we might focus on technical changes, movement patterns, and match practice. Sessions with my coach are great opportunities to strengthen my weaker areas in my game as well as sharpening up certain shots to build confidence. 

Off court training is where things can get exciting! Because squash is a very impactful sport, I like to do a lot of cardio and endurance sessions on the bike. Typically these sessions are on an indoor bike doing a variety of sprints, however, for some recovery sessions, I prefer longer, slower bike rides outside. 

It is also very important to be strong, powerful and explosive in squash so there are a lot of training sessions revolving around building strength, plyometrics and agility. After all this, it’s necessary to get recovery in as well, so I will add in lighter sessions that include yoga, mobility, foam roll and swimming. I typically train 5-6 days a week, but I am always listening to my body to see what needs to get done in order to feel my best and most of the time it’s resting! 

Little Bellas: What sort of mental game is squash? In other words, what are the things you have to think about during a pro match?

Sabrina: The mental side of squash is equally as important as the physical side. Because you are competing 1 vs 1, there can feel like there is a lot of pressure on court as ultimately the outcome of the game comes down to solely you. With that in mind, it is critical to prep for competition by getting into the right mindset for you. Personally, I play and feel my best when I enter into a calm, quiet and focused mindset. It’s very easy to get caught up in the external factors such as your opponent, the referee, court condition and crowd. Being calm and composed allows me to compete without really noticing frustrating distractions. It’s important to enter the match knowing that you prepared as best as you possible could so that you can compete freely and confidently. 

Little Bellas: What do you do to balance out physical training and the mental game of squash?

Sabrina: One of the most important parts of the mental game for me is making sure that I am always enjoying myself and having fun on court. In the end, this is my job and it will always feel like work during training, however, it is still one of the most fun, exciting, and creative sports out there and something that I love to do. As long as I can remind myself of why I love the sport and continue to enjoy doing what I do, I feel like the physical side of training gets balanced out. 

Crash Victim to Gravel Cycling Hall of Famer

Alison Tetrick, a born leader, inspires Little Bellas with some life lessons

The bike almost took the life of Alison Tetrick, but it saved her life in many ways too. After surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) during a professional road race in 2010, she suffered a subsequent TBI at the 2011 Pan American Games. From broken bones and a bruised brain, she fought hard to return to her previous level with sheer determination and with an eye on the prize. But through setbacks and successes, she realized that her entire identity was as a cyclist.

“I am not just a cyclist,” she said. “I am so much more. I am a wife. I am a daughter. I am a sister. And I am a friend. I am a biochemist yet still a cowgirl at heart. I am a professional.”

Once that moment of realization occurred to Tetrick, she felt an enormous sense of relief. She allowed herself the freedom to express herself both on and off the bike. She invested in herself and in her mental health, which lead her to gravel racing. She made her mark when she won the 2017 Dirty Kanza 200 in what came down to virtually a sprint after 11 hours and 41 minutes of racing. She seems to have found her niche in gravel racing and has since raced (and won) raced around the world. Her impressive results scored her another win when she was inducted into the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame in 2023. She credits lots of people with where she is today but there’s one person in particular that deserves praise.

“My favorite moment as a professional athlete so far has been being able to race a time trial with my grandfather, Paul Tetrick. I call him "Grampy." Grampy is the one who got me into cycling. He always believed that I had the potential to do something great on two wheels. Cycling became our love language of sorts, and he was the first person I called after I finished a race. He was stilling racing well into his 80's (he has more than 17 USA Cycling National Masters titles to his name), and he wanted to set a time trial record. So, I booked a flight to go race the event with him. It was such a special life podium to be able to spend that time with Grampy and do what we love together. He taught me so much, but the major point is that sports are for life.”

Alison has some advice for Little Bellas and all of us, no matter where we’re at.

“Start sports and stay in sports — it teaches you humility, grace, and the ability to challenge any barriers society puts in front of you.”

She Sends!

Kate Courtney sends it in the World Cup openers in Brazil.
photo courtesy of SCOTT-SRAM MTB RACING

“Send it!” is mountain biker slang for throwing oneself into a trail feature, like a jump or a drop, without any inhibitions. It can also be a shout of encouragement to embolden a rider to try out a new skill.

Kate Courtney sends it. There’s no room for fear or hesitation when you’re racing cross-country against the best mountain bikers in the world — so Kate sends it with skill and confidence…every time. Kate saw that women and girls are vastly underrepresented at all levels in the sport of mountain biking and she wanted to empower other young women to “send it.” She established the She Sends Foundation to create more access and opportunity for women and girls to dream big, aim high, and just send it!

The idea for She Sends came out of a conversation with our very own Little Bellas co-founder, Sabra Davison. Kate was working on a collaboration with a sponsor and had some funds to put to work. Sabra had a pilot program that needed funding. A perfect match!

Kate and the She Sends Foundation are working tirelessly to get more girls on bikes because:

“If she can see it, she can send it.”

— She Sends Foundation
Kate Courtney inspires a new generation to "Send it!"

Pros and brawn

Sure, you need to have physical strength to compete at the highest level of sport but equally important is mental strength, like the ability to believe in yourself and become a role model for others. Our Pro Ambassadors have demonstrated what’s possible with a positive attitude and selfless confidence, which is just what they will share with the Little Bellas this year.

Little Bellas 2024 Pro Ambassadors

Alison Tetrick

Erin Huck

Haley Batten

Hannah Otto

Julia Kern

Kate Courtney

Katerina Nash

Kelsey Urban

Sabrina Sobhy

Sydney Palmer-Leger

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