A Century of Recreational Sports

A Century of Recreational Sports


I think that if I went to a high school reunion
or something, people I haven’t seen for many years would be really surprised because that’s
just not what I was into at that time. I refused to run the mile. It was exhausting to me and I just didn’t
like running. I got inspired by this woman at a local race
that I lifeguarded for and decided to do a triathlon. I managed to get through the first two triathlons
I attempted and came to Oregon State, met some triathletes in the Quad. So I joined up with the club. They enabled me to do all of these races and
make all these friends and connections and find out that my true passion is exercise
physiology. Over the next couple of years I got more and
more race experience and I they kept talking me into longer and longer distances which
was terrifying to me. A bunch of us decided that maybe we should
do an Ironman. At that point, it was just sort of this idea,
but a couple months later we drove up to Canada to watch the race and eventually signed up,
and then reality kind of hit. Iron day came around, and it was a very long
hard day and made it through just under the wire. It was a huge moment for me because going
from the person who would not run the mile to running an Ironman triathlon was just a
huge change and without the club I would have never done something like that. I want to make sure that this club is around
for many many years to support as many students as we possibly can in continuing or starting
in triathlon or even if they don’t ever race a triathlon, having a reason to get out and
be active with friends. I was playing baseball at Concordia University
in Portland. I started attending there my freshman year. I was looking at engineering programs and
I realized that Oregon State had construction engineering management. Baseball wasn’t really working out. I wasn’t a star or starting so I was like
maybe I should change my gears and go get this degree that I really wanted to get. I’m from Kaneohe, Oahu. I was pretty much born and raised in the water. I remember being so young and my parents throwing
me on a surfboard and just tumbling in the water, not knowing which way was up or down. I remember the wave must have only been a
foot tall, but to me it must have felt like two feet over my head. Being a lifeguard and being around the water,
I just wanted to have that same sense of still being able to be in somewhat of my own environment
that I like. Over here with the professional atmosphere
it really promotes us to strive and be that much better for when we actually do graduate
and get out into the workforce. I think that it was a great experience for
me to come here and get an actual job where it’s not baseball where you’re dependent on
if your coach can do things for you. It’s on you and it just really made me realize
that I need to try harder for everything I do. I love everything this place has to offer
and I personally utilize it everyday. I would not be here if I hadn’t found the
ALI. I was really really struggling last year and
not sure that I wanted to stay. I was looking for people to spend time with
and things to do, clubs to join. I was really struggling my first few weeks
of my freshman year. Then, I think I was at a party and someone
said, “I’m going on this cool kayaking trip next weekend, you should come!” and I said,
“oh, no way, that sounds really fun!” I just realized that this is really the place
where I want to be, and it just turned into this really great community for me. So, planning an overnight kayaking trip. Really excited about that. A really similar one to the very first adventure
club trip that I went on. I have this goal almost throughout my life,
if I find these people really see as mentors and I really almost want to become them in
a way or like really really admire them. I saw all of these people who had great leadership
strengths and seemed to be natural leaders involved with all of the ALI programs, and
I just told myself I hope to be one of those people one day and I had no idea that it would
be so soon. I want to be able to provide the similar or
same experience I had for other people, and just to make sure those experiences can go
to a whole range of populations. I hope that I’m bringing a welcoming face
and just like be a mentor, similar to the ones that I’ve had.

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