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From being an athlete to working at Microsoft as a Senior UX Designer.

Sierra Leone’s former sprinter who competed women’s 400 metres in 2017 World Championships in Athletics,  Margaret Vanessa Barrie Popular known as Maggie Barrie has been appointed Senior UX Designer at Microsoft.

Microsoft has appointed Maggie Barrie has as Senior UX Designer where she will be leading in the company’s design work on all storefronts across Microsoft.com and the app experiences on Xbox and Windows.

Since her retirement as an athlete. Maggie Barrie wondered if she would ever have the same passion for anything in her life as she did for track. “Becoming a UX designer, I have developed technology and experiences that have positively influenced millions of people. Doing this work has brought me so much fulfillment and meaning. “ she said.

Taking on her Facebook after the appointed, she said

“Very excited to be joining Microsoft, as a Senior UX Designer🎉

Where I’ll be doing design work on all storefronts across Microsoft.com and the app experiences on Xbox and Windows.

Since retiring my career as an athlete. I’ve often wondered if I would ever have the same passion for anything in my life as I did for track. Becoming a UX designer, I have developed technology and experiences that have positively influenced millions of people. Doing this work has brought me so much fulfillment and meaning.

It shows that just because one dream ends, doesn’t mean that others cannot begin. God has a plan for everything, and no matter how much life doesn’t go according to our plans, HIS plans are always for the better.

Excited to start my journey at Microsoft and thank you to everyone that helped me get here! “

 

Margaret Vanessa Barrie (born 29 May 1996) is a Sierra Leonean sprinter. She competed in the women’s 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. In 2019, she competed in the women’s 200 metres and women’s 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2019 African Games held in Rabat, Morocco.

Barrie was expecting to be entered into the 400 metres race at the 2020 Summer Games. However, an administrative error saw her entered into the 100 metres instead. She ran a season’s best time to come through the preliminary round and improved her season’s best again in the heat but didn’t proceed to the semi final.

In February 21st 2022, she posted about her retirement from athletics with an emotional piece in her official Facebook account.

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