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|Club||David Kuck||Canyons Aquatics Club||Valencia||CA|
|High School||Kearsten Livingstone|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
|200yd IM||200m IM||400yd IM||400m IM|
Two times Open Water Junior Olympics Champion
I would love to be recruited to continue swimming since I am very passionate about this sport. I hope that whatever school I attend would be proud to have me on their team because I would take pride in everything I do to represent the school as well. In college I would be away from my family, swimming has brought me a second family, so my college swim team would give me a home away from home. Although swim is an individual sport, it has motivated me to work harder and helps me overcome any obstacles that may be in my way. It has been a healing and therapeutic factor in my life.
In practice, I am always positive and I try to motivate my teammates even when the sets are hard. As a long distance swimmer, there may be times that I may not want to swim, but I collect myself and others around me. I try to help people recognize that we only truly get better by motivating each other and never giving up for it is during hard times that toughen us up and shape us up as better person.
The beginning of 2019, I had to step back as an athlete and be a student and a daughter to my father. This was a difficult decision to make since I love swimming so much and it keeps me grounded from all the hustles and difficulties teenagers face nowadays. My father was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and our life drastically changed. I decided to help out since my dad had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation and my mom will be needing assistance and support. It is when you give up what you love that I realized that I was gaining more. I needed to be a daughter first before my personal needs. Swimming takes a tremendous time out of day that I took a hiatus and help with the day to day needs of my family.
Special Olympics came into play on Saturdays that even if I wasn’t competitively swimming I still get to do what I love and help out others. As of February 2019 to June 2019, I served as an assistant swim coach for the Special Olympics. Coaching for these kids was indeed a privilege to me. Not only was it a fun experience but it also gave me a new understanding for life, commitment and respect for both the kids and their parents. This experience provided excitement, fun and at the same time, an opportunity to help out others. I demonstrate leadership and discipline in and outside of swim. I will be continuing to serve as a coach next year for Special Olympics and will assist in other community services as possible.
On a good note, my dad just finished his cancer treatment late part of June, he is on his way to recovery. My plan is to go back to swim by October this year.
As a student-athlete, it is important that I try to manage my time wisely. Managing my time helps me ensure that I get enough sleep at night and effectively get my work done, despite how busy my day may be. I am also constantly aware of my emotional stability. Without a strong mentality, I would struggle to go through my day-to-day basis. Despite the pressure and stress that being a student-athlete demands, I always like to congratulate myself in pursuing each day one by one.
I take up opportunities of communities regularly throughout my life. I am involved with a nonprofit organization called Code Read, which provides free books to underprivileged children from kindergarten to sixth grade. Over two years since this organization has been created, we have provided books through book fairs that happen 3-4 times a year. I also provide care packages consisting of personal hygiene products for homeless people, especially women. I do these to help my community on my own by going to Skid Row or just to people I see when I travel. I even help one of my elderly neighbors on a weekend basis, such as providing her food, buying her groceries, and bringing her to doctor appointments, since she is unable to do these things by herself. I do this without payment. I am also a part of a religious organization in which we pray together every week for an hour. These efforts are important to me because life should be lived by helping others. Collecting memories from helping others fills me with a sense of satisfaction that nothing else can. Recently, I am working on a project called Lucy Psychiatry modeled after Charlie Brown’s Peanuts Show which I am introducing in Santa Clarita to help out and aid mental awareness to teenagers particularly underprivileged and homeless people. Over this summer, I have completed my certification as a Peer Counselor. I am currently working with homeless shelter and ironing out the details and limitations for the free therapy sessions this project can offer.
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