Qualifying for the Illinois State Championship meet, after only diving for 5 months is the highlight of my diving career. I would not have had that opportunity if it wasn't for my prior 6 years of competitive gymnastics. Sadly, I had to stop my love for gymnastics after a back injury. Although having to leave gymnastics was devastating, I a very proud of my determination to compete in a new sport and experience success so quickly. My perseverance through this hardship, has made me the diver I am today.
I have learned dedication, teamwork, and leadership through diving. Not only on the board, but off the board as well. I pride myself on being a good role model for the kids I babysit. I have learned that teammates are everything. My teammates push me to become the best diver I can be. They have always come to me whether it's for a correction, cheering up, or just being there for them. My attitude and mentality have impacted other aspects of my life, such as my grades. Having good grades is ok, but I am always striving for better. Whether that's in the classroom or on the board. My goal is to continue to challenge myself and improve, so that I am an asset to my future college team. Diving has made me the person I am today, and I can't wait to see what my future holds.