Gina Lewandowski - Defender for Bayern Munich and Goal Five Athlete
Tell us a little bit about your background and some highlights from your career so far:
I am originally from Coopersburg, PA, and played collegiate soccer at Lehigh University and received a BS in Biology. After graduation in 2007, I flew over to Germany and had a few tryouts with a couple teams. I signed with 1. FFC Frankfurt in August of 2007 and played their until 2012. In between, I played 1 year (one summer) with WNY Flash in the USA, in 2011. (At that time the league was called the WPS). In 2012, I transferred to FC Bayern Munich where I am currently playing now. In 2008 I won the Triple, which is all 3 possible titles in one season, and in October 2015, I got my first cap with the US Women's National Team in a friendly vs Brazil.
German Bundesliga Champion – 2008, 2015, 2016
USA WPS Champion – 2011
German Cup Champion – 2008, 2011
UEFA Women’s Cup Champion – 2008
When and why did you become involved and interested in soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was 6 years old but grew up playing many different sports, in school as well as with my friends outside of school. I loved being around my friends and sports were a great avenue to do that. I continued to enjoy soccer more than the other sports, and then when I got to college I decided to just focus on soccer.
What does having a company like Goal Five (that’s finally catering to women in soccer) mean to you?
Goal Five is the first company that strictly puts women first and empowers them to be who they are. It’s great to see the push and support for female athletes, especially in soccer. It means a lot to be a part of the organisation and to be one of the athletes representing the brand and helping spread the message to all female athletes.
Who are some women that inspire you in your life and work?
I don’t have a specific person I look to but there has been many different women, in all walks of life, who have inspired me to be the woman I am today. Not only on the field, but also especially off the field, in everyday life.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about sports, soccer specifically, as an avenue to express and be yourself, as well as an avenue to bring people/cultures together, and to any bridge any gaps that may remain. I am passionate about my faith and how I can integrate that into other aspects of my life as well as into other passions of mine. I am also passionate about life, people, kids, nutrition, and overall well-being.
What does confidence mean to you?
Confidence to me, means having a strong belief in something that brings assurance and faith.
Confidence also means knowing who you are as a person and being proud of it, but also coupled with a sense of humility.
What's the best advice you've received?
Never give up on what you believe in. Always be willing to learn and never forget what makes you special as a person and different from other people.
What are you looking forward to most about Goal Five launching?
The opportunity to get the brand out to the public, for everyone to hear about it and what it stands for. To spread the word and push for female athletes.
Encouraging women through sports to empower them on and off the field.
Are there any specific challenges you've faced because you're a woman in sport?
Not specifically, but overall as a woman, there are certain stereotypes that have created a challenge for women to succeed like our counterparts. The interest and support isn’t quite there yet compared to men’s sports, which has prevented women from receiving the same respect as men.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I think the best way is for women to continue to do what they do best and fight for a future of mutual respect
What is your advice for women and girls?
We each have our own unique individual path, don’t rush things, and don’t be afraid to be who you are. Through hard work, perseverance, and humility, the sky is the limit. Always be willing to learn, but always remember your strengths and focus on what you do best, what makes you special and different from other people.