Professional Affiliation: Executive Director – Wrestle Like A Girl http://www.wrestlelikeagirl.org/
Jessica B. Kirby, Sally Roberts, Jay Coakley, Amanda Stanec & Glenn Gormley (2019) Why Women’s Wrestling, Why Now: White paper on the current state of wrestling and the benefits of developing women’s wrestling programs. University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Center for Critical Sport Studies
Areas of Interest: female wrestling, sports and performance psychology, human rights, equality
A former elite wrestler, a former combat veteran and sport psychology consultant who founded Wrestle Like A Girl® on the premise that girls can do anything and that through sport, they can realize their full potential. She is living proof that girls can indeed do anything as she was the youngest of three children growing up and the first in her family to graduate high school, graduate college and earn an advanced degree. Sally was a resident at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center for eight years during which time she was a 3-time national champion, 2003 World Cup Champion, 2003 & 2005 World Bronze Medalist and a 2008 Olympic Alternate. She served six years in the Army as a Special Operations soldier where she volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan. She was also a member of the Army’s prestigious World Class Athlete Program and represented both the U.S. Army and Team USA in elite athletic competitions.
Sally received the 2016 Women in Sport Award on behalf of United World Wrestling and the International Olympic Committee. She is a board member of USA Wrestling, the United States Olympic Committee Youth Development Working Group, and the Association for Applied Sports Psychology. She is an athlete ambassador for TrueSport, the grassroots organization for the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Sally spoke at the United Nations ‘Global Good’ summit and participated in the Global Goals World Cup activist soccer tournament on Team Sports Equality Enforcers promoting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. USA Wrestling ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2018.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and a Master of Arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of the Rockies. She has a certification in nutrition from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.