What Aspect of Myself Do I Value Most?

Per. 4 & 5 American Studies

Athletic Essay
There are many aspects of myself that I value. Some people are very artistic, some are good listeners, some are good friends, and others are just plain nice. The one aspect of myself that I value the most is my athletic ability. I participate in three main sports, soccer, golf, and ski racing.


I have played soccer for eight years. When I started out, I played recreationally in Bow. I played that for three years and then started playing travel soccer. This league was very competitive. My coach was Mr. McNeil. I played in an under 12 league and I was only eleven. I played with lots of kids who are now juniors and a few kids from our grade. I played goalkeeper. Not only did we play in the fall, but we also played indoor soccer at Tollbooth Sports. We won an indoor championship when I was on the team. I then joined a team more of my won age. My coach was Mr. Reynolds and our team name was the Rowdies. We are named after the Glasgow Rowdies because our play is much like theirs. I still play on this team and we have won seven indoor championships and we were runner up in the state of New Hampshire two times. Now, I only play indoor and spring, and I golf during the fall.


I started playing golf seriously last summer. I bought a seasonís pass to Plasauwa Valley Country Club in Pembroke. I played all last summer and tried out for the high school golf team. The top eight golfers made the team and he took two alternates. I was the first alternate. I got to go to one match and it was on a cold, rainy day at John McCain Memorial Golf Course. I won the match against the other schoolsí number eight golfers. I also competed in the Flag Day tournament at Plasauwa. I came in second for my handicap and won a putter. I hope to get on the high school team next year. Ski racing is the sport I most like, and am best at.


I started skiing when I was 3 years old. My father was a big ski racer when he was young and raced in college. He taught me how to ski between his legs when I was young. I skied at many different ski areas and my family went on trips to Sunday River in Maine every year for a few weeks during Christmas vacation. I began my racing career when I was eleven on the Ragged Mountain Ski Team. I was a J-4 and raced against kids my age from other ski areas like Gunstock, Pats Peak, and Sunapee. I raced there for two years and then I went to Pats Peak to race and I also tried out for the high school team. I made the high school team as a freshman and was fifth on the team. I got to go to states and my time always counted if one of the top four skiers fell. We finished fourth in the State Championships and missed third by one point. This year, I was second on the team. My time always counted. I went to states again and our team finished in sixth. It was a good season and I enjoyed being on the team.


I really enjoy sports. They keep my body strong and healthy. If you keep your body strong and active, and have a strong mind, you can live for very long. Playing sports also keeps me away from drugs. If I am ever offered drugs, I have to say no because if I do them my ability in sports will go down. I play sports I can play for the rest of my life and plan on doing so. Playing sports keeps me in shape and motivates me to work hard. I hope to get better at golf and keep up the good skiing. I play other sports in the summer at my lake house such as wakeboarding, water skiing, and swimming.