We’re excited to introduce you to our Women of Spirit campaign. Throughout 2021, we’re celebrating women who are working to make a real difference in the world: the leaders, the freethinkers and the voices for change that inspire us every day at Radley London.
This month, we’ve welcomed tennis star Johanna Konta.
Which Women of Spirit have inspired you?
“We live in a world full of ambitious women with self-belief, who are not only improving and developing on a personal level but are also making a difference to the world around them.
“I’m humbled, moved and motivated by Women of Spirit in all walks of life, but I think it’s important to remember that you don’t have to achieve incredible results to have spirit, it’s more of an approach to life, which can be seen in the smallest gestures, through to the biggest successes.”
How do you stay motivated?
“As an athlete, I’ve cultivated the desire to constantly improve and be the best version of myself. Last year was a testing period for everyone, and there is still a way to go, but something that I’ve loved seeing is how many people have been keeping active and moving, no matter whether they’re a novice or regularly running marathons.
“Staying active is my life and I genuinely feel better after training or moving. It just makes you feel good! Despite not being able to access gyms or even play tennis for a number of weeks during lockdown, doing the small amount that I could in my living room (surrounded by my dogs of course!) truly kept me motivated to keep pushing through.”
How do you pick yourself up and stay positive after a disappointment?
“Everyone faces ups and downs in their life and as athletes, we feel it slightly more acutely in our professional field. But I think it’s important to remember that there is always the next thing, you always have more strength and it’s during the most testing times in life that you truly realise you’re stronger than you know. You can handle this; you can get through it.
What brings you the most joy in your life?
“My family brings me the most joy, and by family, I’m including my dogs. Being around the people that I love brings me a lot of energy and recharges my batteries, especially when I travel so much usually and spend so much time without them. My dogs, Bono and Gizmo, probably bring me the most joy out of everyone. I can have the hardest, toughest day, but coming home and seeing them looking up at me with pure love and excitement, it’s pretty unbeatable!”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learnt?
“It doesn’t matter what profession you go into, or whether you’re a man or woman. If you are trying to reach the top of your field, it’s never going to be an upward trajectory. It’s a journey.
“Tennis is fundamentally a game, and it’s important to remember this and treat it as such. I think everyone can be reminded of this sometimes.”
If you had to choose one quote or mantra to live by, what would it be?
“Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.” Mahatma Gandhi
What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
“I’m genuinely looking forward to being able to get back to playing tennis, in front of crowds and doing the thing that I love again. I know that 2020 was a tough year for everyone and we’ve all had to change the way we live, so I hope that 2021 allows people to move a little more freely, hug their loved ones, rekindle old passions and find new ones. If last year has taught us anything, it’s that the smallest things that we can easily take for granted, are the toughest things to give-up.”
Look out for more from Johanna throughout the month, including her top picks from her new athleisure collection, created in partnership with our in-house Design team.