I love my sport. I've just finished my fourth consecutive season playing here in Utah, and I can't imagine my life without it! It's amazing to be part of such a closely knit team and community. I work hard in all aspects of the sport, as a Goalie and as a Field Player. I'm good, but never good enough. I can always improve and be better! I would love to be able to continue my career.
As a goalie, I help direct the defense, the offense, and often put the ball into play. I monitor plays, make suggestions on how to change the field plays for better success, and closely examine all opponents. I make it a point to have personal relationships with every one of my players, know them all by name, and provide lots of positive encouragement, from practice to game. You can't play well without a team, and you don't have a team if there isn't trust, friendship, and genuine concern for one another and your teammate's well being.
I also serve in leadership capacities outside athletics. In my church, I have served as Beehives Secretary, Mia Maids President, Mia Maids Representative to the Bishop's Youth Council, and a Ward Representative to the Stake. I planned weekly activities, lessons, Stake Activities, Standards Nights, Firesides, and Campouts. I'm part of the ALA Spanish Fork Chapter of the National Honors Society and HOSA.
Athletics are constructive, giving you entrance to a group of like-minded, supportive individuals and a chance to better yourself and your skills. Not only do you condition yourself physically, you also learn a lot about leadership, ethics, and teamwork.
Health in Water Polo is VITAL to the wellbeing of the team. Because we spend hours a day in the same water, its very important to be aware of any diseases you might have. Sickness spreads rapidly. I make it a major part of my diet to take Vitamin C and other Vitamin Supplements to avoid getting sick, so I can protect my teammates. I also make sure to eat enough, and to eat a balanced diet.
Additionally, I know my limits. Water Polo is a high-intensity, highly aerobic start. As a player with Asthma, I know that sometimes you need to admit that you're overworking yourself and take a break. I monitor myself very carefully to ensure that I don't overwork myself. I also sustained a major shoulder injury two years ago, so I make certain that I keep up on my Physical Therapy and that I build strength to prevent further injuries.
There's also an aspect of Mental and Emotional Health. Having been on a team before my current team with a less than positive atmosphere, I know what a negative effect that can have and I try very hard to influence my team in a way to avoid that. I try to be friendly, warm, and welcoming, as well as listening to complaints and giving as much constructive criticism as I can.
In my church and family, serving others is very important. I lived in a neighborhood with a majority elderly population. We spent many hours in the winters carefully shoveling and salting the driveways and sidewalks of our neighborhood, and many hours in the summer mowing, watering and weeding their yards.
I have my Young Womanhood Medallion, and I've done over 70 hours of service to achieve it. To be in the ALA Chapter of the National Honor's Society, you must have 20 Hours of Service a Semester. We also do lots of service projects as a Chapter.
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