Faith. Family. Basketball.
Tamara Tatham, Gold Medalist with the Senior Women’s National Basketball Team, credits her faith in God and family support to her success in life on and off the court.
For more than half of her basketball career, Tamara Tatham has been playing with the Senior Women’s National Team. It was only at the age of 13 that she began playing the sport competitively, and because of her hard work and dedication to improving, she bloomed faster than most expected.
Tatham’s faith has been the constant thread weaving through her life and basketball career. Looking to the examples of her parents, older brother and older sister, Tamara aspired to apply the principles of humility, hard work and dedication that were demonstrated to her. “My brother and sister were baptized last year and I look up to them a lot, both on and off the basketball court.”
As Tamara prepared for the Pan America Games in Toronto, her faith gave her perspective and peace. “My faith helped calm me down. It helped me see that no matter what was going to happen, God was going to help me through it.”
“Playing at home, in front of a large crowd, there is going to be pressure. I have played on big stages and in front of big crowds, but there is always a little part of me that gets nervous – that vulnerable and insecure side. When I give it [pressure] to God, those nerves instantly go away.” In those pressure filled moments Tamara talks to God and focuses on one of her favourite Bible verses found in Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Although Tatham finds herself training with the Women’s National Team in Edmonton or playing overseas majority of the year, she stays connected with Christian community and attends a Bible study with her sister’s church while at home and even on the road. “That community is helping me get where I want to be. I have a lot of support”
When Tamara reflects on competing for a Victory Beyond Competition she thinks about “not living on earth for herself anymore but living for Him [God].”
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