Athlete Showcase: Niles’ Elizabeth Clark
Published 10:14 am Friday, October 2, 2015
Elizabeth Clark is a sophomore on the Niles golf team.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
EC: One of my greatest accomplishments as an athlete was winning the golf championship for six holes a couple years ago. I started playing in a golf league in Grand Beach when I was seven. That is the place where I really started improving and started to like golf and it was a big deal for me to win the championship.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
EC: One of my biggest disappointments as an athlete was losing interest in a sport. Not golf, but softball. I used to play for a while and then I got really discouraged, so I lost interest in the game. Losing interest in something you used to love is upsetting.
What has been a hardship in your life?
EC: I haven’t had a lot of hardship in my life, I guess I’ve been lucky so far.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
EC: Being a super fan of movies and television, I have a lot of heroes. But my personal heroes have to be my parents. I know this isn’t an original answer, but it’s completely true. They have always been there and have always supported me.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
EC: To be honest, I don’t get too nervous when I am in a golf tournament. I have been playing for so long and am used to the feelings and everything that goes with it. I’m really good at making friends with the other teams too. Thankfully, I haven’t been nervous in a long time.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
EC: There are so many embarrassing moments when being an athlete. Especially in golf, because after every swing you judge yourself. When I have a bad day I don’t do well and the whole day in general is just embarrassing.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
EC: Golfing does take a lot of practice when you’re trying to master yourself. I go to a local golf course and practice on the weekends when I can. When I’m by myself, I find that the most effective way to see what works is to try out every different swing and position you can. That is what has worked for me.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
EC: If I was not playing golf, I think I would like to go back to softball.
Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?
EC: My biggest “fans” are my grandparents. My gram and papa are the sweetest, kindest people you’ll ever encounter. They always have my back. I hope they see this and remember how special they are to me.