By Leah Bourne
Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres is no stranger to working hard. As mother to her 6-year-old daughter Tessa, the 45-year-old athlete also knows that balancing a hectic schedule with motherhood is no easy feat.
“Balance doesn’t come easy for me,” Dara admits to workingmother.com. “It’s tough balancing training with parenthood. I have to balance my time between being a busy mom, training and taking time to relax. It’s taken a lot of practice and discipline, but I find a way to make it work.”
As far as explaining her busy work schedule to her little girl, Dara spares no details and takes advantage of teaching her daughter an important life lesson.
“Tessa and I are very close and she is involved in every aspect of my life,” she says. “We talk about my training, career and competition, and I’m able to use my life as teaching lessons for her. She knows the importance of being active and working towards something you love, and following her passion with some hard work.”
Despite what one may think, the mom-of-one claims that “time” is the most challenging aspect of being an Olympian and a mother.
I want to do everything and be everywhere, especially when it comes to my daughter. However, at the end of the day, I feel that my dedication and passion for swimming have made me a better mom. I feel that my actions are setting a good example for my daughter. The lesson is simple: if you want to achieve something, hard work with a side of sweat and tears will get you there. I’m showing Tessa that it is never too late to reach your goals. I want her to look at me as a role model and be proud of what I’ve accomplished. If that inspires her to be something great, then I’ve done my job.”
Continue reading Dara’s interview with workingmother.com now.