S1E20 - Recognizing and Overcoming Abuse with Pro Golfer Tracy Hanson
Pursuit of Gold with Laura Wilkinson
Laura welcomes professional golfer, Tracy Hanson, to the podcast today. After enjoying a successful All-American College golf career, Tracy went on to enjoy even more success on the Professional Ladies Golf Tour for 15 seasons before retiring in 2009. Within a year of her retirement, she embarked on a new journey, which included unpacking the truth about the harm and abuse she experienced as a child. Today, she joins Laura to courageously share her story and offer sage advice for all listeners. In this conversation, Tracy relates her history in sports, particularly in golf, and offers details regarding her role now as a counselor. She also shares the story of her abuse from its start of being ‘groomed’ to finally recognizing it as abuse, and its immense impact upon her life. Along the way she recounts her struggle of wrestling with her identity, the prominent role that her faith has played throughout her life, and how she has become a counselor for others who may be going through what she experienced. She and Laura discuss some organizations that offer help to athletes, including Tracy’s own non-profit, and Tracy offers valuable advice for athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone with similar experiences. So much of today’s episode is centered around a difficult but enormously important topic offering an equally important message delivered by a woman gifted not only with athletic prowess, but with unrivalled strength, perseverance, faith, and courage. This is an episode that needs to be heard by everyone. Episode Highlights: · How Tracy got started in sports and specifically golf· Her college experience and her transition to going professional· Her most memorable golf tournament trip· Tracy’s mindset when starting on the professional tour· Tracy’s faith journey· The abuse that she experienced· What ‘grooming’ is· https://safesport.org/ resources· Recognizing it as sexual abuse· Wrestling with her identity· Tracy’s advice for others with similar experiences· Her work as a counselor and her motivation to do it· Bringing all of who you are to your sport· Being mind, body, soul, and spirit· How COVID has affected Tracy’s life and ministry· The Faith in Sport Institute· Tracy’s golf experience now· The Tracy Hanson Initiative· Tracy’s parting words Quotes: “I’m not sure it was my dream to start with.” “Golf is just something to something bigger in your life.” “One person who started talking to me more about Jesus…also became an abuser in my life.” “I didn’t understand what was happening, and I didn’t feel safe to tell anybody.” “In the context of the coach who started grooming me, I felt and received a lot of those things that I was longing for from my dad.” “For athletes or non-athletes…we don’t understand what’s happening because we’re getting some really good things. We’re getting connectedness, we’re getting somebody who really is speaking life into us and who believes in us.” “The grooming is part of the abuse.” “Those hunches need to be followed through. So, that’s where I was missed.” “My golf career was just one of those numbing agents…I just tried to perform harder.” “God was really gentle with me.” “I was out there, I was sharing my faith, and I was being the Christian athlete, and yet, so empty inside. And that was the part that people didn’t know.” “You’re not alone. You’re not the only one who has experienced something horrific…there is or are people that want to be with you in that pain.” “There is somebody…that will believe you…take the risk to speak it out.” “I think counseling was the hardest and best thing that I’ve ever done in my life.” “I wanted to help young athletes get the help that I needed in my early 20’s instead of having to wait 20 years.” “I really just offer myself as a mentor/counselor for really life conversations, and spiritual conversations go, kind of, around that and in and through those conversations as well.” “Unfortunately, we don’t give athletes the freedom in our culture to be that human person.” “There’s so much power in just being able to name what’s true.” “My whole desire and purpose is to provide…safe opportunities for athletes to talk about their stories of trauma.” “If the stress and anxiety around the sport is outweighing the joy and the playfulness of it, then there’s something out of balance, and…they need to get some help.” Links:The Pursuit of Gold homepage: http://thepursuitofgold.com/ Mental Training: https://www.laurawilkinson.com/learn Laura’s Social Media:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lala_the_diver Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLauraWilkinson Connect with Tracy: Website: https://tracyhanson.com/The Tracy Hanson Initiative: https://tracyhanson.com/ministry/
My guest today is Tracy Hanson, who had a successful All-American Collegiate golf career at San Jose State University that included: eleven individual tournament wins, an NCAA Team Championship, a USGA Public Links Championship, and Low Amateur honors at the USGA Women’s Open. She played her first year professionally in thirteen different countries and was named an Order of Merit Winner in Asia & Rookie of the Year on the Ladies European Tour. Tracy enjoyed fifteen successful seasons on the Ladies Professional Golf Tour before retiring in 2009. She is also a writer, speaker, and founder of the Tracy Hanson Initiative, a program that provides safe opportunities for elite athletes to talk about stories of trauma, and training for those who serve them. Reflection: Tracy talked about a season in her career when she was “leaking pain.” Where are you leaking pain these days? Is it through silence, anger, passive-aggressive behavior? Do you have a safe circle of friends you can process it with? Is it time to seek out a trusted, professional counselor? Or check out a recovery program? We can’t outrun our hurts, but we can turn and face them. It’s not fun, it’s not easy, but it’s critical step in our personal growth and healing journey. If you don’t know where to find help, message me on Facebook or Instagram and I’ll do my best to connect you to a place where you can take the next step. Thanks again to Tracy Hanson for joining me today. Tracy is currently writing a book about her story and I look forward to reading it when it’s done.
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Do you believe in life after golf (sung to the tune of Believe by Cher). Tracy Hanson played 15 consecutive years on the LPGA, but if you ask her about it, she'll likely tell you that golf is just one step in this journey we call life. Professional golf is a world where your identity can easily get tied to the scores you shoot. Play well and you're on top of the world; miss a few cuts and the self-doubt creeps in. In a society where we are measured, compared and evaluated, we have to learn to separate "what we do, from who we are." Listen in to hear what Tracy has to say on the subject. Hosts: @maschechter @lesliecloots Guest: @tracyhansoninitiative https://tracyhanson.com/ Recorded: May 22, 2019 in Auburn, AL --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/birdiecast/support
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