Student Athlete Feature: Avery Trask
Meet Avery Trask, a student athlete.
In this seventh student athlete feature, we introduce you to Avery Trask – a first-year Fitness and Health Promotion student at Humber College, and a player on the Humber Hawks women’s soccer team.
Tomas Karageorgos is the sports reporter for EMERGE News NOW, and conducted a Q&A with Avery to talk about how she has been staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Have you been briefed on what the season schedule is like?
So before COVID we were training about once or twice a week and we had some exhibition games. To my knowledge I believe it is once or twice a week on the field as well as in the conditioning centres and doing strength tests. I would say that’s kind of on our own time but you do have to meet certain goals and expectations of the coaches, especially to maintain your spot on the team – if you’re wanting to be a starting position or if you wanted to be second-string. There’s a big difference between the top players and their scorers, and the people who come in for the rest. Even during COVID, you have to do a daily routine of exercises that are sent out in the morning, and then on Tuesdays we do a team lift through Zoom – as much as we can try to be a team we do that as well.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, how have you been training and keeping fit?
When the pandemic began, I actually had just recently broke my foot in a soccer practice with Humber. For the first about six months, I was primarily focused on rehabilitation and bringing my foot back to normaI – I was in an aircast for about a month. After my foot was signed off by the doctor and I was able to participate again, I started re-joining the strength trainings and little activities that our coaches put together. With school, I primarily made my timetable from the mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. even though each day is jam-packed and it’s very busy, it allows me the afternoons be online with my team to do a workout. I’m very lucky to have a home gym, so I can go there and workout for two hours, I can take the ball out to a turf field right across from my house. I’m really lucky to have the facilities around me and I do love to go and spend some time on the field when it’s allowed with the COVID restrictions and everything.
Balancing school and soccer training has been really easy for me because of my course load. Even though this semester I actually took three incremental classes, I’m still pretty good with balancing assignments and homework and making sure I stay on a routine of getting into the gym every day.
How have you been keeping in touch with your coaches?
Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. are our team Zoom lifts which everybody tries to join, sometimes there’s individuals who have to do school or a lab or work which is acceptable – life goes on, you can’t expect everybody to drop everything at the second of a dime. We do have those days scheduled to lift as a team, and when I do go outside, my coaches provide some drills through email. They’re really open to communication, they’re always really good at responding super fast too. If I were to email them in the morning saying that I’m heading out to the field and I’d love some new drills to practice, they’re really good at providing YouTube links or just creating drills off the top of their heads, or even providing some drills that they do with the Humber team that you want to familiarize yourself with.
On the part of staying connected with coaches and the team, we actually do quite a lot of team events. We just finished a Family Feud tournament, which every sports team created a team of about seven people and through Zoom we played family feud. The women’s soccer team actually came second, I was a part of the team with assistant coach Jose as well. It was a lot of fun every week we had new tactics and strategies and how to beat the other opponents, which kind of fuelled everybody’s competitive side in a way. Right after Christmas, the team started doing weekly challenges. Every week there’s a new challenge that gets sent out, each player has to record them doing the challenge and submit it to the coaches and include a description of what the challenge results were.
What do you miss most about playing?
On the field, it’s almost like an alternate reality for me. I have to kick the backs of my cleats then I’m good, it’s literally an alternate reality. I run that field like a game, there’s not a time that you won’t hear me on the field, I’m a very loud player and I try to help out my team as much as I can. That also helps to bring out the competitive side of me. I don’t like to lose and that’s something that I share with my coaches, so we always have good pep talks and I think that’s something that I do really miss. I really miss being able to be out on the field with them.
What memories do you want to make on the pitch with the Hawks?
I believe that every single one of my teammates can teach me something that I can take to another person. After this year I’d love to be able to walk away with knowing a few new skills, a few new tricks or have a little trick in my pocket where I can teach another person. I also want to be able to show my coaches and my teammates that I am a team player – I am not all about taking, I will give, I want to give my 100% I step on that field or step into the weight room. I want to be remembered as the person who will always have a team player’s back. Going from first-year to second-year, I would just want to be able to take away one thing from each person that maybe they don’t necessarily think is an incredible skill that they have mastered, but it’s something that I haven’t, so it’s something that I can work on. I do believe everybody has that one passion, and the thing that makes me strive to be a better person is I strive to learn. I love to learn and increase my knowledge, so that’s something I want to take away.
Watch Avery’s feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQQc89jO6vI&t=619s