1. Five words you can use to describe yourself on the court.
2. Five words you can use to describe yourself off the court.
3. Describe how you work in a team with your partners.
I like to take on a leader ship role in any team or group situations, but I do so while working with my teammates to accomplish a common goal. On the court, I focus on my own responsibilities, but I try my best to help out my teammates by motivating and supporting them. I also contribute by inputting my thoughts on what I’ve noticed tactically (what works against what teams and when, the tendencies of our opponents, etc.)
4. Athletic highlights and how you felt when you received them.
The biggest highlight in my athletic career so far, was receiving a Grand Prix all star in 16u. I was very excited and happy because my hard work had been acknowledged, but I know that I still have a lot more to improve on so I didn’t let any of it go to my head and I continued/still am working towards being the best athlete I can be.
5. Involvement in other sports or extra curricular. Why is it important for you?
As of now, I am only playing indoor and beach volleyball. But as I grew up, I tested out other sports which I found very helpful to get t where I am now. The sport I did the longest, before volleyball, was gymnastics. I started at a very young age and continued until 12 years old. I am extremely glad I got into other sports before finding my passion for volleyball because they helped me build a base, not only physically, but mentally too through learning to move on and continue my routines if I made a mistake.
6. What are your interests outside of sports? Why do you like them?
Outside of sports (and school work) I am interested in dance as well as music. I am not the best dancer, nor can I play an instrument… but I like listen to alternative/reggae type music because it calms me down and makes me happier. I also like to learn short dances once in a while because it feels good once I pick it up, but it also feels good to just get it all out and have fun sometimes.
7. Who are your role models and why?
I’d have to say that my Dad is one of my biggest role models. He has many qualities that I aspire to have when I grow up: he does not care much of what others have to say, he just does his thing; he is extremely helpful and supportive of others; he is a very accomplished person, yet extremely humble; and he works hard and believes that if you are going to do something, it should be done to the best of your abilities. By seeing what he does and how he is, he makes me want to be a better person and always strive to keep improving in any part of life.
8. Academic highlights and how you felt when you received them.
Some of my academic highlights are honours in both grade 9 and 10, as well as valedictorian in grade 8. Receiving those awards, I felt very accomplished, but just like in sports and everything in life, I know that I can still keep improving. So, these awards are definitely something that I am proud of, but I still focus on continuing to get even better.
9. What program would you like to attend in school?
Since I am in grade 11, I still have not decided what exactly I want to study in university, but I am quite positive that I want to do something pertaining to the maths and sciences. As of right now, I am interested in the engineering department, particularly bioengineering.
10. How do you envision your school life in college/university?
I picture my university experience to be relatively similar to my life now, except with more independence and freedom, in respect to the set weekly schedules I have. I really want to continue playing volleyball, having a set schedule for practices and games. But I also want to have enough time dedicated to school work with a possible tutor when necessary. Another aspect that I am sure will come along with everything is the social life and making good friends. As well, I would like to have a bit of time now and then to touch base with my family (if I am living far from home).