WEEK #27: ADESOLA A.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Adesola. I was born in Nigeria and grew up in Canada. I was around 6 when I realized that I wanted to perform. So naturally, my mom enrolled me in dance. I started off doing gymnastics and ballet. It was fun at first, especially once I started training to compete. However, while I was doing that, on the side I watched as my older brother started playing sports. He made it look so easy and since there were crowds at his games, I saw it as another way to perform as well. I began to do all four sports. I won awards in gymnastics, ballet, soccer, and basketball as well as ribbons for track and field. Once I reached age 13, my mom told me to pick one because the commitment was too much. Thankfully by that time I had already fallen in love with basketball. Ever since that day, I’ve played recreationally and for rep teams, however, the most rewarding level I’ve played at was varsity basketball.
What inspired you to participate in sport?
I’m a very emotional person. Besides being able to express myself through art, sports were one of my only other outlets growing up. The only places where I could be upset on the court, run my heart out on the track, and get as emotional as I wanted in my acrobatic routines. It felt like my emotions had a home.
Who is a role model to you? Why?