GAME ON: The Player - Freddy Gobewole
Friday, April 15, 2011
Q&A with Freddy Gobewole, Shea HS Track & Field
What are you looking forward to this season?
It’s my senior year in high school so I’m glad to be able to finish my high school year doing a sport that I excelled in. Hopefully I’ll be able to better my personal times, which would be a good accomplishment to me.
What has been the biggest challenge being a high school athlete?
The biggest challenge I have to say is to know it’s my last time I’m going to be a high school athlete, I will never experience it again. I wish something’s could have gone differently athletically but can’t be mad of how it’s ending.
Who is your biggest motivator?
My mother has to be my motivation she has raised me to be a respectable, hardworking man and always motivates me to play sports. She’s on every sideline watching me and cheering me on even throughout her busy schedule, which I cherish everyday because I know how times are hard.
Who is your biggest rival?
I honestly don’t feel like I have any rivals, everyone in the state is an elite and tough competition so I take everyone seriously when up against them. Only rival I have is myself I’m always and continuously am trying to better myself and when I don’t I feel defeated at times but just practice twice as hard in the upcoming practice.
What are you working to improve your game?
To improve my game I just constantly am working hard in practices, giving it more an extra push that I usually don’t. Even after practices by myself going to the gym to work on getting myself stronger and fit putting in the extra work.
What is your greatest memory on the track?
My greatest memory of my track career was in the 2010 Outdoor Track State Championship. I lost to Kadeem and Read in a very anticipated/hype 100-meter dash race. Although I came in 3rd place this race left a losing taste in my mouth that I didn’t like. Which lead me to go into my 2011 senior year and strive to win and continue to work hard.
How are you able to balance your schoolwork with practices, games, and training?
This is probably one of the toughest things for a student athlete managing your time wisely. But the way I do it is to make sure the academic part is done before the training and such. Because in order to stay on a team and participate you need to excel in your classes and grades.
Where do you see yourself going from here, do you plan to pursue this sport in college?
My next year plans is to definitely go to college and work on getting a degree, I haven’t committed any where yet and still waiting to here from schools I applied to down south. I definitely want to continue track at the next level I gained a new passion for it then when I first started doing it.
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