The teen is showing the whole world that size doesn’t matter in sports.
Our society has constantly pressured us to fit in a mold. It seems like there is a universal mindset on what someone should look like and should be – like how we were illusioned to have a specific standard of beauty or ideal occupation based on gender.
Little by little, people stepped up to break the norm. While some people still force their age-old stereotypes on us, we see heroes in those who say no to them; Women who are engineers, astronauts, and race car drivers. Models of different races, ethnicity, shape, and size.
This teenager went viral because he showed people he could beat those stereotypes. Zeke Sanchez is determined and passionate – something he needed from his chosen sport.
Breaking the mold
If you don’t fit the mold, might as well break it! That’s what Zeke Sanchez did to most people’s expectations for those who participate in his sport – diving.
What is our image of a diver? Someone toned with all the abs and muscles, perhaps? The “Baywatch body,” as they call it. But Zeke doesn’t have that body and proved to people that that’s not the only image of a diver. He is living proof of that.
Breaking the internet
Zeke posted a video of his dive attempt on his Instagram page way back in 2018, and it garnered more than 180,000 views. This was picked up by a sports page before, but Zeke wasn’t tagged. He thought it’d be cool to get noticed again, so he worked on it.
She added that in their sport, what’s important is the dedication and attention to details – something Zeke has constantly improved. His talent and dedication inspired many, including his coach, teammates, and kids his size and age who might feel like they have no place in sports.