Cari Raymond is the parent of a student athlete who has found immense success in the sport of weightlifting. Along the way, that student athlete, Abby Raymond, has also encountered setbacks and challenges that required perseverance, resilience, and accountability. She has faced normal challenges, like balancing school and athletics, as well as setbacks unique to her success in sport. More specifically, Abby is subject to anti-doping rules and testing, which helps ensure that all athletes have access to a fair and level playing field. Athletes are responsible for anything that enters and goes on their body. Despite their diligence and dedication to clean sport, the Raymond family was devastated when they learned that Abby faced an anti-doping rule violation after unintentionally consuming a prohibited substance, which they later learned came from a contaminated supplement from a new sponsor.
In this video, Cari explains how she and Abby’s father have helped their young athlete deal with these challenges and learn lessons through sport.