Sports have always been a part of my life. My entire family has a history in local hockey, so it was not a stretch for me to become involved at a young age. My grandfather owned an ice rink, and so I began skating exceptionally early. I don’t remember much about my first experience on skates, but I know it must have been remarkable, because I am still skating and loving every moment.
Throughout my training, I have learned a lot about myself. I learned that I love competition and a challenge, and that I won’t ever back down. I have also learned that leaders don’t always wear the C. My role as a member of the team is to lead by example on and off the ice. I help my teammates during games and practices, but also help them off the ice by offering encouragement, advice, and support on issues from hockey to academics. If all of the members of a team feel supported, then they are more likely to positively contribute to the team. I always work in the best interests of the team. That may mean that I step up in certain circumstances, and not in others.
I hope to continue to develop my leadership and dedication to a team in college. I crave the athletic competition and camaraderie of being on a team. I enjoy working with my coaches and teammates to contribute my skills and abilities to a driven program. I want to continue to develop my own hockey skills under the expert tutelage of coaches and players with more experience than I have.