As a little girl, I was always wanted to play anything. We were outdoor active kids. I wanted to play and try everything going. My parents put me in the usual sports like soccer and basketball. They also put me in baseball, lacrosse, speed skating, and gymnastics. It was never enough for me, I constantly was asking if I could enrol in something else. I thrived on competition from an early age. My dad said I had an inner drive that can’t be taught.
I loved all the activities and sports I played but basketball became my favourite sport at an early age, with soccer in a close second. I spent a lot of time watching my mom coach basketball when I was really little and when I was 4, I began playing. I loved chasing the ball and scoring. I was always trying to be better.
My mom was my first coach and she was definitely tough on me but she and my dad taught me a lot about the game and always challenged me to be a better player and teammate. As a point guard, my mom always said it was my job to be the best I could be, but to also make those I played with me the best they could be too. I would have the ball in my hand a lot and it was my job to be the leader on the court. We competed hard but we also had fun together, and I think that is why I love basketball and my teammates so much. Having two coaches at home every night was definitely hard but has helped with my game so much through the years and continues to make me a better player.
I have been very fortunate to play with some great teammates, have some great coaches, and we have had some wonderful successful experiences. I have loved every minute of it. The greatest lessons I have taken from my experiences is to always set high standards and goals, work hard, persevere when things are tough, and just play! And enjoy the experience and the people you have those experiences with! I was always taught to look forward not backwards but learn from previous experiences. My dad analyzed pretty much every game I ever played. He taught me things about the game I never thought about. It helped me see the whole game, not just mine. I am grateful for all the lessons I’ve received from all my coaches in all my sports. I’ve learned from all of them. One of the keys is to listen and do your best to execute the game plan asked of you. Commitment to the game plan is key to a team’s success. It not only a skill for sports but for life! Personal and team goals are key to success in all that you do! Very little we accomplish in this life occurs without our own efforts along with the support of those around us!
I could not imagine my life without basketball, and sports. I am now fortunate enough to be able to play both basketball and soccer at university. Some people play sports for exercise or other reasons, I play because I can always achieve more with each opportunity on the court or field. I always want to be better than I was the day before. I continue to learn new stuff all the time that helps to improve my game and my life. I believe that is how we should approach life, be the best you can be and ask yourself can you be better tomorrow than you were today!