A special talent that I can contribute to the University of California is my contribution to the water polo team. For the past five years, I have been an active member of the water polo team at my high school. After hours of rigorous training and extreme dedication, I am proud to say that I have become one of the best players in South Florida.
I believe that my dedication to the sport is reflected by the length and frequency of my practices. Each day consists of two full practices, the first practice of the day begins at be 5:30 AM and ends at 7:20AM, four times a week. Second is after school practice which starts promptly at 3PM and ends at around 7PM. It is this demanding schedule and dedication that has made my team contenders for the state championship. One important aspect that I believe has made me into the player that I am is the amazing self- discipline that is required to be a serious member of the water polo team.
I was first introduced to water polo in the eighth grade during one of my swimming practices. After getting out of the polo, I began to observe a group of men training for a national water polo tournament. Being a strong believer of hard work, and believing that pain is the only real way to become a better athlete; I immediately was attracted by the physical pain that these players expressed on their faces as they struggled to keep above the water. Alongside the edge of the pool was possibly the angriest and most vocally aggressive coach I had ever seen, George Carmenate.
Carmenate was previously a goaltender for the Cuban National Team in Cuba. After talking with him sometime about the sport, he asked me what experience I had of water polo. Upon telling him that I had never before heard of it, he told me to jump in the pool and practice with the other players. It was that day that I believe founded my appreciation, love and attachment to the water polo. Although I was only in the pool for a few hours, when I left I felt as if I had...