By Kate Thomas, Women & Girls
On a recent overcast afternoon in the Monrovia suburb of Chocolate City, 25-year-old Joy Kollie laced up her sneakers. Then she grabbed the hand of her younger sister Love, 22, and the pair began to warm up for a training session.
“I train twice a week,” Kollie said as she stretched. “I love to run. When I run, I feel joy in my heart.”
Running might elicit the kind of happiness for which she was named, but becoming a top athlete in a country like Liberia is no easy feat. Since Kollie began running marathons in 2013, she has won two third-place medals in the Liberia Marathon. But in a country like Liberia, where sport is largely seen as the reserve of men, she has also faced stigma and logistical challenges.