Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Interview for a school project

Here is an interview I did this morning for a young athlete in BC who love beach volleyball. He had interview someone who works in the field they are passionate about for a school project. Definitely fun to answer the questions and contemplate some of the more basic questions that are often overlooked on a day to day basis.  

Why did you choose this career?

Since I was 10 years old I have dreamed of competing in the Olympics and when I found beach volleyball it was all I could think of! I have been playing every summer since I was 14 and after taking one year off the beach when I was 20 I realized I couldn't live another summer without playing. Since then I have been playing for team Canada and building towards playing in the Olympics. I firmly believe that going to the Olympics in beach is my a part of my life path and crucial to my development in being the best human I can be in life.

What are the best and least favorite parts of the job for you?

I love being able to travel, learn new languages and meet incredible people around the world. Being able to explore cultures and food while playing my favorite sport are definitely my fave parts. I guess my least favorite parts are the fact that I am away from home and sacrificing a career that pays me a lot of money but to be honest I wouldn't change anything! I love what I do and enjoy all of the life experiences that come with leading my dreams.

What kind of training or education is required for this job?

Nothing is required but beach volleyball is a sport that requires you to be an all round athlete. You need to be able to think on your feet in a heated situation; observe and adapt and communicate with your partner while focusing on executing tough skills in a changing environment. Coaching isn't allowed so athletes must also be able to coach themselves. This requires a practical and analytical mind but as long as you are prepared to learn from your losses then anyone is qualified to try beach!

Would you recommend the career to others? Why?

If it is your passion then yes. If not, find where you passion lies and dedicate your life to that occupation/discipline.

What are the biggest challenges you face everyday?

To be honest I don't see any of my daily activities or commitments as challenges but more steps in the process. I love our training and physical commitments but I guess the most challenging part is not having enough time in the day to do what I want to do. There can be a lot of distractions (especially with the Olympics coming up) so I have to be focused and organized as to not burn myself out.

How did you get into this type of work?

I saw beach volleyball when I was 11 years old at a demonstration in an ice rink in my hometown and that was all it took! I went from being a little scrub playing as much as he could to playing for Team BC and then Team Canada. It was a natural progression thanks to the amazing coaches I have had in my career.

If you could summarize your job in one sentence what would it be?

My job is training for life; to be the best person I can be wether it is hitting a volleyball over a net or helping kids with their school projects.

Do ever regret going into this job?

Not a single regret.

Any other things you think are important about the job?

I don't consider it a job, it is my calling!