When I was in elementary school, I loved all sports. I had a brother,
three years older whom I loved to tag along with, much to his dismay.
His friends never wanted me around and would always complain saying
"Can't you get rid of the runt?"
I was little, but tenacious. I absolutely hated the nickname and they
always called me that. The more they tried to lose me, the harder I
fought to stay close to them.
My greatest satisfaction however was that I was always one of the first
chosen when we were forming teams to play baseball, or touch football
or other neighborhood games.
At the same time, at school, I was labeled a tomboy, which in the
sixties, was not really a popular designation. I didn't mind at all, but I
was also called that because I was very skinny.
As a young child I hated those names and I was very conscious about
my body. It seems silly now to think those things bothered me so much
that I cried often about it, but kids can be very cruel to each other,
when we are young, being accepted is so important.
My parents encouraged me to participate in sports and never
discouraged me from playing with the boys or from playing sports
for that matter. My mother was an athlete in her day, playing lots
of sports and my Dad played semi-pro baseball.
My Mom was a great role model for me.
Also when I was in the fourth grade, we learned about the Olympic
Games and I became enraptured with Wilma Rudolph.
Wilma overcame great adversity to become an Olympic champion,
winning gold medals in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. I wanted to be like
her and run in the Olympic Stadium with thousands cheering as I broke
the finish line tape first.
I loved all sports, but I didn't even know about volleyball until I reached
high school. This sport was different.
I soon realized that I loved to JUMP! I also loved to get down on the
floor and dig, roll and dive for the ball. This was my Sport. I got more
satisfaction and had more fun playing volleyball than any of the other
sports I had played.
I also remember the frustration of learning some of the volleyball skills,
spiking in particular.
But it seemed that I was always driven harder to excel at things that
were difficult. If I couldn't do something, it just made me want to do it
I was also constantly told that I was too small to play volleyball. That
just made me want to prove them all wrong
I really believe that fighting to keep up with my brother all those years
and be accepted as one of the best players in the neighborhood are
some of the elements that helped me strive for excellence in volleyball
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This story was written by former girl volleyball player and one of the
world's top setters Laurel Brassey Iversen exclusively for the Volleyball
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