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Five words you can use to describe yourself off the court.
- Cheer leader
Describe how you work in a team with your partners.
Encourage everyone with support and positivity. Give and receive feedback with appreciation and grace.
Athletic highlights and how you felt when you received them.
When my team mates voted me as co-team captain I felt respected and worthy. They thought of me as a leader and a good person and I took that role very seriously.
When I won the bronze medal in 12U, we were the B team, the underdogs and that proved your mind set and heart can accomplish anything if you believe in yourself and your team. Anything is possible. Same feeling happened in 15U when we won 4th place overall.
Involvement in other sports or extracurricular. Why is it important for you?
I love softball because it teaches you different things and gets you playing another sport and it’s really fun.
What are your interests outside of sports? Why do you like them?
I love art and baking. Art and baking are so different but similar in allowing you to be creative. You can escape the world for a little while and dive into something delicious or beautiful.
Who are your role models and why?
My uncle Jeff is a double arm amputee since he was 11 years old. He has accomplished so much in life and I look up to him. He is a world record holding Paralympics athlete and has encouraged and taught me to set a goal and overcome anything that gets in the way of it with hard work and determination.
Academic highlights and how you felt when you received them.
I never knew I was capable of getting on the honour roll. When I moved schools in grade 7 something clicked and I wanted to do better and be better. I work hard for my marks and handwork pays off. My goal is to be on head honour roll before I graduate.
What program would you like to attend in school?
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Minor in Spanish
How do you envision your school life in college/university?
I envision myself representing my University on campus and on the volleyball court with a good balance of academics and athletics. I look forward to having an instant family or community with my team mates. I look forward to being a part of a team and working out and playing hard. I want the entire experience.
DUE TO COVID-19 ALL TOURNAMENTS POSTPONED
I knew I would grow, my coach joked with me at how big my feet were and so were my hands so we knew my time would come.
I worked hard, trained hard and was always told I was the hardest working player on the team and that inspired me to keep pushing.
It wasn’t until my 15 and 16U years that two of my coaches who believed in me and saw my potential helped me figure out how to reach my goals. They said I had to transform my body and become stronger. So I set my mind to it and began strength training. I worked hard during Covid quarantine which gave me the time and energy to focus on my body and strength. I came back to tryouts this year with even more confidence and determination.
I went to a warm up clinic with Reach volleyball club where the coach won coach of the year last year, he’s a setter specialist and my friend plays on one of his teams and told me he’s the best coach she’s ever had. So I took a chance and played my heart out and was offered the starting setter position on Reach Matrix 18U. It’s humbling and gratifying that another reputable coach sees my potential and determination and is willing to invest in me and help me be the best setter I can be.
The volleyball world can be tough but I’ve taken all the rough times over the years and put a positive spin on them and it made me push myself and reach higher, work harder, keep positive and know positive things will happen. I’ve learned when one door closes another better one always opens. I will never quit, I will never give up my dreams of earning a scholarship at a top university in the U.S. or Canada and one day play on the Canadian National Team or have an opportunity to play internationally.
Reach Matrix 18U 2020
- Trained Setter
- OVA Athletic Excellence Award
- OVA 4th place finish
Blue Devils Track and Field Club
- 200m and 400m sprinter
- Cross Country – region top 10
Hope For Mexico
- Family founded charity supporting impoverished kids in Mexico to have access to clean and safe schools with running water and proper bathroom facilities
- We provide school supplies, musical instruments and even supporting building shelters around the school
- Our belief is ‘education is the key to allow these kids a place to feel safe and off the streets and away from crime’
Bayview Glen Independent School, Toronto`
- Honors Student 3.3/4.0 GPA
- Principles List and Honor Roll Student
- Would like to pursue a degree in International Business minor in Spanish
- Hospitality and tourism with a goal of owning her own hotel
High School sports and participation:
- Track and field
Class of 2023
Ontario Volleyball Association
She has a head for the game and early on we were talking about the game from a tactical perspective on a level of someone many years her senior.
She understands where her areas for improvement are and does not shy away from those – she instead chooses to attack them. She grinds. She perseveres where others might relent.
In my time with her she never stopped seeking to understand the “why” behind all things sport and non-sport related. It was this curiosity that makes her continuously strive to get better.
She’s a fantastic young woman with ambitious goals in volleyball – the difference with Ava is she has shown the willingness to put in the work. She understands “what got you here won’t get you there” and is always working towards her “there”.
– Phoenix legacy 15u/16u coach 2018-2020
– Team Canada men u21 assistant coach 2017-2019
– Team Canada Indoor athlete 2008-2016