Under Armour Newsroom

03.01.2019

WE ARE: AISHA PRAUGHT-LEER

United We Win is Under Armour's year-round initiative celebrating the culture, heritage and diversity of athletes around the world. In honor of Women's History Month, and rooted in our belief that sports have the power to inspire, change and unite the world, we are proud to share stories from the women of Under Armour.

WE ARE: AISHA PRAUGHT-LEER

United We Win is Under Armour's year-round initiative celebrating the culture, heritage and diversity of athletes around the world. In honor of Women's History Month, and rooted in our belief that sports have the power to inspire, change and unite the world, we are proud to share stories from the women of Under Armour.

Aisha Praught-Leer runs for the future. The Olympian, Jamaican National Record Holder, and professional middle distance runner runs to break records and to silence naysayers but she also runs so that one day young Jamaican girls can follow in her footsteps.

It was while running – and braving the solitude that often accompanies it – that Praught-Leer realized she wanted to leave a mark with more than just her spikes.

"You spend a lot of time out there on the road in your own head. And I have a lot of time to think about who I want to be and what mark I want to leave on the world when I finish with sport. It's helped me realize that I really care to further middle distance running in Jamaica and impress on young girls that they can do way more than they might think.”
- Aisha Praught-Leer

Though she hails from Illinois, Praught-Leer represents Jamaica in international competition. It was a decision she made after forming a relationship with her biological father and connecting more closely with her Jamaican roots. Seeing a direct need for her long-distance skills in a nation more known for its world-class speedsters, Praught-Leer thought she could empower a generation of young women while also challenging preconceived notions about the island nation she now represents globally.

“Beyond helping young girls, I'm passionate about showing representation of people who look like me in nontraditional settings. It's not often that you see a Jamaican middle distance runner being one of the best in the world,” she says.

And thanks to her selfless efforts, it might only be a matter of time before we see a lot more first-rate distance runners doing just that.