Soccer is my passion, my driving force, my accomplishments, my failures, my quiet place, my arena, where I feel most at home, where I live!
My name is Grace Gilmore. I currently play for Wake Forest High School and 02/03 NCFC ECNL. I typically play forward and midfield and I'm a versatile player as I feel comfortable anywhere on the field. I have also been a member of my high school winter track team since 2018. I compete in the 55m, 300m, 500m, and am the anchor in the 4x200m. I have competed in Wake County invitationals every year, but have been unable to go farther due to prior soccer commitments.
I am very lucky to be coming from a very close family. We always root for each other and have high expectations for one another. I started playing soccer when I was just 5 years old. I workout everyday and train on my own time weekly in addition to club training. I know the only way to set myself apart is to do what others aren’t, on my own.
How would my coaches describe me? I've taken a few quotes from past correspondences with my coaches: "You have the mentality and confidence to take players on with the ball." " You have a unique mentality and personality." " I believe I know the true measure of your intent, passion, skill, and desire to get better everyday. I love that about you Grace." These are all things I've been told by coaches that give me another reason to work my hardest. I have the utmost respect for my coaches, and value their opinions greatly. As much as I want it, they want it for me too. My teammates would say I'm a tough competitor, willing to play any position on the field, that I never give up, that I have a positive attitude, and that I am always pushing myself and my team to our full extent. My competitors might recognize me for my toughness, my speed, and my competitive nature.
I work hard in every aspect of my life. I have a fire inside me that is lit by my competitiveness. I have been class president since freshman year. I strive to take very AP course offered and I am highly involved in extracurriculars. I am currently a member of National Honor Society, Student Government, and Unified Champions, and remain within the top 5% of my class academically. I am also enrolled in the College and Career Promise program in my area which allows me to take classes at the local community college. Outside of school, I am a member of the Youth Advisory Board for my local town's government, as I am an appointed member of the Human Relations Council.
Within student government, I have been given several opportunities to get involved and make change within my community. Over the past three years I have organized a Make A Wish fundraiser raising up to $25,000 dollars. I have also helped lead several food and book drives and volunteer regularly within my community at recreational sports club, my church, and strive to get my school involved in community betterment programs.
I enjoy volunteering in the gym with the special needs programs, Dream League and Unified Champions. I see them trying to reach their goals and it pushes me to reach mine. Some of these kids have to push themselves just to be able to complete daily activities, and that’s okay. Everyone has a different skill set and ceiling, but what makes us alike is we all want to feel successful. I want them to be successful! I also want my baby sister to be successful! She has a rare form of epilepsy and has to fight everyday against the setbacks of uncontrolled seizures. “She makes broken look beautiful, and strong look invincible,” I think this quote fits her perfectly and I too want to be successful.
I never want to make life harder on my parents, so I choose to be self-motivated. I was born a fast runner, so I train to be faster. I was born with an inquiring mind, so I strive for straight A's and excel in National Honor Society. God gave me abilities, so I want to use them. I want to be successful, and I want to “make strong look invincible.”