|Club||Jon Leach||680 Water Polo||Danville||CA|
|High School||Heather Johnsen|
My club 14u team became national champions (2013), winning Junior Olympics with my coach Todd Halverson's coaching.
Athlete of the month JV Women's waterpolo November 2013.
SRVHS Swim Team JV 2014 freshman. Voted Co-Captain of JV girls team by teammates/coach.
Invited by hs coach to play on the Varsity San Ramon Valley High School Team for High School Championships in So Cal July 17-19, 2014
Fall 2014/Sophomore year: VARSITY Cap #12
I am also a Pole Vaulter. I decided spring of my sophomore year to try something new. I excelled and surpassed my goals and was the 3rd highest Junior Varsity Pole Vaulter for East Bay Athletic League, jumping 8'. I am just short of making the Varsity height which I think I will do my Junior Year. I think water polo and pole vaulting are cross over sports that help develop my upper body strength. I attended a Pole Vaulting camp at UCLA last summer, improving my technique and strength.
I have 3 older siblings and they all play water polo.
My oldest sister, Alex used to play club and hs water polo. She was a year round swimmer and the high school distance swimmer. She is a tri-athlete and was a member of the XC team at Santa Clara University. She graduated from SCU in 2015 and started her job at Google.
My oldest brother Grant graduated from SRVHS in 2011. He went to Diablo Valley Junior College and played water polo for their travel team. He is transferring to UCLA in 2015. He played for LaMorinda club and our high school team.
My older brother Brock is a senior at SRVHS. He plays water polo for 680 and plays for the high school team. He is currently on varsity.
I find it imperative to be a well balanced person. Everyone must find balance between practice and games to homework and studying. Ever since I was in second grade, I loved to be ahead of the class. I used this odd passion to my advance in high school. Knowing I have a game coming up, I would prepare by completing the tasks a day prior. When game day comes, my mind isn't cluttered with thoughts of homework assignments. Working hard on weekends, in-between games, and before practice, all got me ahead academically. Being ahead in school helped me achieve the grades I strive for and maintain a healthy practice attendance. When I become tired I recall the words of John F. Kennedy, "We must use time as a tool, not a couch." Within my first year of high school I discovered how successful you do depends on two factors: your motivation and your time management.
One thing I have learned being on the San Ramon Valley Water Polo Team is to give every second my all. Every second I have at practice is time that must be utilized to getting better and becoming the player I want to be.
I participate as a coach in a program called All-Stars that is run through my recreational swim team, Del Amigo. All-Stars allows kids with disabilities like Down syndrome and Autism learn how to swim. I got involved with this program when I was twelve years old. I fell in love with All-Stars the moment I started. I was assigned to coach a young girl with Down syndrome. We clicked immediately and started having all sorts of fun, from practicing kicking to diving to the bottom to pick up toys. Then I began giving her private lessons. I coach her every summer and I love watching her abilities in the water grow everytime. Giving back to the community is vital for building character, gaining inspiration, and bringing yourself closer to the community. It's very important to me to be active in the special needs or bullying clubs/programs, especially as a teenager. Becoming aware of situation like these, opens our eyes to the different kids of adversity faced everyday in our very own community.
Also, I participate in my church's mission trip down to Mexico every spring break. We drive down to Mexico to build houses for those in need. Without hesitation, the mission trips have been some of the best times in my life so far. The families we build the houses for taught me what it's like to be happy with so little. I've gained many life lessons from the mission trips and they have shaped me to be the person I am today. Growing up in a small upscale town doesn't give many people my age the opportunity to be exposed to the real world. Once it hit me that poverty is real, I became eager to help. It's crucial everyone does any act of kindness they can, no matter how big or small, it's impacting someone's life for the better.
I have also participated in our church group called IMPACT. We go into the Tenderloin area of SF (one of the most poverty and crime ridden areas in SF) and bring food to people. I am in the process of organizing a monthly IMPACT group to go and bring food and visit people in the Tenderloin. It is a way for me to give back to others who are not as fortunate. I am working on organizing a group from my high school to participate.
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