W.I.N.terview with Pearl Park
Triad Athletes, a San Diego based youth lacrosse training program, welcomes Pearl Park.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OUR TRIAD ATHLETES?
Pay attention to what makes you different, your natural strengths and learn how to leverage those to help your team. In addition, practice the things that are out of your comfort zone with great repetition until it becomes automatic.
This truly helps your confidence. For example, in lacrosse, don't just use your rebounder (or wall) with your dominant hand but with your non-dominant.
Whatever you to do on your right, do on your left.
WHAT HURDLES DID YOU HAVE PLAYING SPORTS?
My biggest hurdle was probably my size. I am a petite person, and I didn't start playing lacrosse until high school. I played Center, which is usually for taller players. In order to succeed, I had to find ways to overcome my smaller size.
And coming from a lower income family, my hurdle was trying to get the same access as other girls. I needed additional training, and exposure, as other girls who had a desire to play DI lacrosse.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES TO BE A DIVISION I ATHLETE?
I think it takes an incredible work ethic, grit, and resilience.
You need the ability to respond well to feedback and BE COACHABLE. You need to understand how to play for your teammates - it's not an individual sport.
Most importantly, knowing that failure is inevitable but being able to grow from those failures.
Triad Athletes is a San Diego youth lacrosse training program focused on growing womens lacrosse on the west coast.
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