NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A Q&A with Jayda Owens of the North Shore Girls Soccer Club.
Sports participated in: Softball, Snowboarding and Mountain Biking
Years in current sport: 3
Team: North Shore Girls Soccer Club – U12 Storm
What are your personal goals within your sport?
Jayda Owens: My big goal was to make the Select Team and I did that this year! I’d like to score 15 goals or more this season.
What is your biggest challenge in your sport, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
Owens: When I’m put in as goalie, there’s a lot of pressure. When someone is going one-on-one with you, it’s scary.
What was the best advice you were ever given from your coach?
Owens: We’re better than this team and we can win – I know you can do it!
Do you have a saying or motto that you like to live by?
Owens: Girls can do anything boys can do – and even better!
What do you love about your sport?
Owens: I love playing as part of a team and I’ve made a lot of new friends. I always get a lot of exercise and my coaches make it fun!
Do you play in university? If not, would you like to?
Owens: Yes, I’d love to play university soccer!
Where do you go to school?
Owens: Carisbrooke Elementary
What do you like to do outside of your sport?
Owens: I do a lot of beading and I just started my own necklace business: Jayda’s Jazzed up Jewelry.
How would you describe your personality?
Owens: Strong, confident, funny.
What is your favourite snack food?
Owens: Takis and cheese. I like eating them together.
What is your favourite song?
Owens: “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.
Do you have a pregame ritual you follow?
Owens: Sometimes I meditate or just sit down and close my eyes. My Dad gives me advice before the game like shoot if you have a chance and keep your eye on the ball.
What has being a member of a team taught you?
Owens: It’s taught me that it’s better – and more fun – to work together to achieve something.
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