Athlete Showcase: Shelby Whitaker, Dowagiac

Published 9:15 am Friday, March 29, 2019

Shelby Whitaker is a junior on the Dowagiac softball team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

SW: My first year of ICU travel softball my team, and I qualified for nationals in California.

Shelby Whitaker

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

SW: Tearing my labrum then dislocating my pinky.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

SW: My mom, because she takes care of my autistic brother and I.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

SW: In softball, probably when I go up to bat.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

SW: I was playing in a tournament and I tripped over my shoe lace trying to cover a base.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

SW: I tend to play loud music and spend like two hours working out/training.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

SW: Swimming.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

SW: I think it brings closeness and family. I feel it is important with the stress of high school.

How would you give away $50,000?

SW: I would donate it to autism awareness.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

SW: The Chicago Bandits.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

SW: Probably join some sort of club.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

SW: Making quick adjustments or learning on the go.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

SW: The fielder being in the way of the runner without possession of the ball.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

SW: Honestly, my hustle. “I love how you hustle. It makes you very important.”

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

SW: Moving schools this past year. Yes, I feel at home in Dowagiac.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

SW: My coaches staying calm when they are really angry.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

SW: Hanging out with my niece and nephew. They are important to me. I love them very much.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

SW: Funny.