When I heard about a website that was designed to help some younger kids through the tougher times at LDH I really felt like it was a good idea to share my story.
When I was in Grade 8, I was a pretty normal guy. I had a few good friends and a bunch of buddies. Fitting in was important and I felt pretty good about myself most of the time. I did think it would be cool if I could be on a Raven sports team and I was pretty good at volleyball so I tried out.
When I got there, I found out that lots of other guys wanted to play volleyball too. Lots of the guys were pretty good and knew it was gonna be tough. At the end of tryouts I had one of the toughest days I can remember, when the list was posted and my name wasn’t on it, I felt sad and humiliated and really down on myself. I could hear and see the others guys celebrating and being really happy.
It was really tough being left out and it really made me feel a lot of different things. I felt angry, sad, frustrated and a bit let down. I felt like I was good enough to be on the team, I guess the coach just couldn’t find a spot for me.
At this point I really had two choices, first, I could have stayed angry and given up. I could have rebelled against the sport and the school. In lots of ways, this would be the easy way. I could pretend like I didn’t care and I could make everyone else think that I was still great.
The second choice was to decide to dig my heels in and work really hard to turn myself into a player that the coaches couldn’t possibly cut next year.
I decided to go for it. I got my health in order, I joined a community volleyball team (the Ottawa Fusion) and I started climbing the mountain of overcoming my challenge.
Each day I would get stronger and smarter and better at the game. Once I moved into high school, I had a fresh start and new opportunity to tryout for the senior programs. Three years later, I’m happy to report that I am a proud member of the ravens volleyball club, a Cory Champion, an OFSSAA competitor and the defending MVP of the junior boys volleyball team here at LDH.
Not only am I proud of what accomplished, I have also gained the confidence in myself needed to overcome any kind of challenge. My journey through Longfields Volleyball had been a great lesson in perseverance and goal setting.
Now I know how to set goals and more importantly, I understand the kind of work required to meet them.