Soccer Player Success Story – Sydney Depina
Sydney started training at Champion’s Quest in September 2009 at 10 years old. At the time, Sydney was playing for a club soccer team, Beach FC. Her teammates had grown faster and she was looking for some type of training to give her an edge on the soccer field. Wanting to jump into the speed training, Sydney dedicated two days a week to coming into Champion’s Quest while still playing on her soccer team.
At 10 years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that youth players should train all aspects of athleticism including coordination, speed, balance, and strength. Once Sydney turned 11 years old, she began specializing her training towards gaining speed for her sprints and cutting on the soccer field. Now as a Sophomore at Los Alamitos High School, Sydney’s training has included more lifting to increase her strength, giving up her summer mornings to train at the beach and working on her soccer endurance at the track.
This past summer included more than just beach and track training sessions as Sydney decided to take on the water and join the Long Beach Junior Crew team. Often athletes don’t take on additional sports in high school but Sydney wanted to push her body to it’s max this past summer in order to prepare for college in the future. The various workouts at Champion’s Quest have helped Sydney learn that she can always do more than she think she can do. She is also excited to see where her future goes as she wants to compete to play soccer or row at the collegiate level.
Sydney is the perfect example of the perseverance and dedication it takes to become an elite athlete. Over the years, she has realized that her soccer training has needed to grow as her body grew. She wanted to get mentally tougher and take her soccer games to the next level. As she now trains in the gym under all the college flags, we can’t wait to see which flag is raised for her on Senior Night in a couple of years.