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.

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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 season’s
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 schools’ 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.