Nicola Wealth’s partnership with CAN Fund #150Women aligns two organizations with a commitment to superior performance and a mission to inspire excellence. Becoming a CAN Fund #150Women recipient helps ease the financial burden for female athletes so they can focus on reaching their full potential.
Each week Nicola Wealth will be featuring a CAN Fund #150Women Recipient as they prepare to represent Canada on the world stage. This week we spoke with Khamica Bingham on leaving gymnastics for track and field, being a voice for the minority community, and preparing for the upcoming Games.
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Events: 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay
Multiple CAN Fund #150Women Recipient
From a very young age, it was Khamica’s dream to compete at the Games, but not always in athletics. Khamica was a national-level gymnast before she switched to track and field at the age of 15. Both of her older siblings were in university at the time, and gymnastics became too much of a financial burden on her parents for her to continue in the sport. Khamica ran her first 100m race at a grade six “Track and Field Day” and loved it so much that she never looked back!
Khamica had a great 2015 season. She anchored the 4x100m relay that broke the national record and the 2015 IAAF World Relays, placing fourth and qualifying Canada for the 2016 Rio Games. Only months later, she won her first National 100m title, qualifying her individually in the 100m and 200m for the Games. Khamica also competed at the Pan Am Games held in Toronto and anchored the 4x100m relay to a bronze medal. In 2019, she once again helped the 4x100m Pan Am relay team run to a silver medal finish.
Outside of sport, Khamica is passionate about providing tools that aim to help the minority community be seen, heard, and known in all spaces. She co-founded “Meet My Melanin” which is a brand dedicated to speaking to students on racial inclusion and motivating them to be innovative and compassionate leaders through the power of conversations.
Khamica is currently preparing to compete in the upcoming summer Games! Her first race is the 100m heats on Thursday, July 29th at 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST.
What advice would you give on following your dreams?
I think it is extremely important to remember your “why”, remember your purpose, and find a great support system who will help carry you through the highs and lows of life.
How does being a CAN Fund #150Women Recipient impact your journey?
Especially during a global pandemic, athletes like myself can feel the financial burdens that come with keeping our dreams alive in the face of uncertainty. In order to keep my dream alive, I left my comfortable situation in Canada in order to train in the U.S., leaving a lot of financial support behind. It’s empowering to know that a group of strong, selfless women are standing alongside us through CAN Fund #150Women and backing my success.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sport?
Stop and enjoy the little wins and moments. Celebrate yourself! When you’re developing, you’re striving for better, which is great, but you can sometimes forget to appreciate where you are because you’re looking ahead to what’s next. For me, it’s become really important to stop and enjoy the little moments because when you’re dealing with setbacks and injury, it’s important for your mental health that you celebrate the little accomplishments along the way, and less so on the destination goal. Trust the process.
What does BE EPIC mean to you?
To me, BE EPIC is just about giving it your best in every area of your life. Whether that’s your sport, bettering yourself as a person, or helping someone else, there are so many areas where we can BE EPIC. BE EPIC is something we can strive for, but it’s really about giving your all in every area of life.
Follow Khamica’s journey on Instagram: @khamicabingham and on Twitter: @150Women
Donate $150 or more to CAN Fund #150Women and support female athletes who compete for Canada. CAN Fund #150Women Donation Link: https://bit.ly/1B8YQEV
CAN Fund #150Women Inaugural Walk/Run – Sunday, July 25th
To register for the virtual BE EPIC Run click here: https://bit.ly/3qIrBbb
There is no registration fee instead we ask you to make either a one-time donation to CAN Fund #150Women!
BE EPIC Run Donation Link: https://bit.ly/2SsTAih