Student Spotlight | Female Athletes at CIS
Student Spotlight is a regular series, where we meet and talk to members of our talented student community.
Athletics has the power to change lives. As the recent Beijing Winter Olympics has shown us, sporting achievement sees no gender. In fact, it has the ability to drive gender equality by teaching girls and women teamwork, self-reliance, resilience and confidence
At CIS, our female athletes make up about half of the number of students participating in all Grizzly teams, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton and track and field. We know that with maximum female participation in sports, we can build a future where every girl and woman can play, be active and realize her full potential, both in sport and in life. We talked to one of our athletes, Anita, to find out how CIS is developing leadership through athletics. #GirlPoweratCIS
How many sports do you play? Any favorites so far?
I’ve played soccer, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and badminton. I actually have two favorite sports: basketball and soccer, because they are very team-oriented, and I have made a lot of friends during training and matches. I really enjoy working with my teammates. I also feel a sense of accomplishment when the ball goes in the net/basket. We win some, we lose some! We are a strong team, and we always cheer for each other.
What’s your proudest moment in Grizzlies?
Well, you might think it’s the moment when we win and get a trophy, but that’s not the case for me. It’s actually the moment when we all huddle up, stack our hands together and call out "GRIZZLIES" every single time before a game. It makes me feel proud that I’m a CIS Grizzlies athlete and a proud female in sports. It also makes me feel that we can win, and it gives us immense amounts of energy!
Sports requires athletes to be committed to both training/games, and also maintain your academics. How do you do that?
I’m in Grade 7 now, which means that we have very high academic expectations. Our sports training time has also been extended to 5pm. That means less time for learning at home. For me, I’ll get up early to catch up any unfinished school work the day before. Sleeping is very important for me. If I sleep well, then I’ll be able to concentrate better during classes and I can finish more schoolwork in class, which means more time to play sport!
What do you learn from your athletic experience?
Teamwork is important. Always be kind to other players, whether it’s a teammate or a competitor from other school. Be honest, be respectful and always stay positive!
What’s your understanding of leadership in sports?
In sports, it is not only the team captain or the coach that leads the team. Everyone can be a leader by spreading good vibes and positive energy among team members. My only wish: I would love to more girls join our team and play sports. Sure, we have several girls on our team, but nothing is stopping us from growing in size, stature and strength! CIS gives us equal opportunities, so now is the time to stand up and go for your goals!
Thank you, Anita, for sharing your experience with CIS community. CIS will continue to provide stronger athletic programs and opportunities for all students. Stay tuned, as our CIS Grizzly Football Club will open soon for sign ups! More information will be shared on CIS official channels!