Not one to shy away from hard work and putting in the time to perform at her best, it’s no surprise that Christina Minions is a star athlete. Minions represents her school by being an active member in multiple sports, a true embodiment of school spirit and athletic talent.
More impressive is how this grade 11 student manages to excel in the classroom as well, despite her many athletic commitments. Youthink recently caught up with this multi-sport star to talk about what she loves most about sports, her most embarrassing sports moment and what advice she has for young athletes.
YT: When did you first become interested in playing sports?
CM: When I was young, I was in competitive gymnastics, from grades 1 to 3. I only had time for gymnastics and when I stopped, I wanted to get involved with more sports and stay active. I then got involved with rock climbing and stayed with that for five years. I also did some recreational figure skating for a while.
YT: What sports are you involved in now and what positions do you play?
CM: I play doubles in badminton. My position in basketball is post, my position in volleyball is right side and my position for field hockey is midfield.
YT: What do you love the most about being involved in sports?
CM: I love to train and work on the drills… all the hard work going into playing the game.
YT: What athletic awards and recognition have you received?
CM: In grade 10, I got Outstanding Female Athlete and Heart and Hustle, Junior Girls Basketball. I won silver medals in both junior girls’ basketball and volleyball division two. This year we won City Championships for senior girls’ volleyball division two. I was awarded Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years.
YT: What do you feel you contribute to your teams?
CM: Dedication to learning as much as I can and trying to put in my best efforts… always going to the practices. I am a team player.
YT: What was your most embarrassing moment in a game?
CM: A couple years ago when I played soccer, I was running backwards on defense and nobody was around me. I fell backwards on my bottom and the ball was coming towards me and I was just sitting there on the ground. People were laughing at me from the sidelines, and my family was there and they participated in the laughter. I was so embarrassed!
YT: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
CM: My coach has told me that, “It’s good to visualize your game and you doing the right moves,” [so] I do it for the majority of my sports. I always listen to a good pump-up song too.
YT: What are your plans after high school and what would you like to study in post-secondary?
CM: I want to go to university and study something in bioscience, meteorology or outdoor education.
YT: What advice would you like to give to aspiring young athletes?
CM: This is going to sound really cliché: “Practice makes permanent.” Nobody’s perfect. The more you practice, the more it will become instinct to you and you will succeed as an athlete. The more dedication you put into your practice, the more you’ll get out of your sport.