The Girl Volleyball Player Who Got Better Than The Boys: Laurel Brassey Iversen

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

even more.

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

later on.

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This story was written by former girl volleyball player and one of the

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