WEEK #36: ALYSSA L.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi there!! My name is Alyssa Lamanna and I am currently starting my third year studying Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto! I am currently a research student at a pediatric rehabilitation hospital working in a lab that focuses on improving the accessibility of physical activity for children with disabilities. I have been a supervisor of a summer sports camp, have been a head skating instructor and currently coach multisport classes for children ages 1.5-5 years old.
Growing up, I played a variety of sports that include soccer, swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, and track and field. My main and competitive sport was ringette, and I played on the provincial ‘A” team for the Markham Bears. Throughout high school I was a part of the varsity girls field hockey team and was grateful to have been the team captain in my senior year. I love running and have participated in the Shoppers Run for Women’s Mental Health for the past three years. Recently I have taken up yoga and kickboxing and have continued playing field hockey in university.
I have received a few awards that include: varsity field hockey MEP, the female fitness award, the fitness leadership award, the athletic inspiration award, and the Michael Carnovale Trustees Award as a model of hope to other students in my classes. I also won the TD Achieve the Dream Scholarship Award which I was able to put towards university.
How has sport helped you be a better leader?
Being the team captain of the varsity field hockey team pushed me outside my comfort zone and showed me the importance of teamwork. One of my favourite quotes is: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Being given this leadership position in sport helped me to become more outgoing, more empathetic and understanding to other’s needs, and more willing to help others grow. It also helped me to become more responsible and independent, as I was responsible for facilitating team warmups and many duties.
Sport has also helped me become a better leader of my own life. Through sport I learned the importance of being physically and mentally healthy and the importance of social bonds/community. All of these things are things that I incorporate into my every day in order to live a healthy life.
What do you do to give back to your sport community? Why is it important?
I give back to my sport community through coaching skating, multisport classes, ringette camps, through supervising a sports summer camp and through running charity runs. The reason why I stayed in sports growing up and excelled in them was because of some of the phenomenal coaches I had who inspired and motivated me to push myself and be better every single day. This taught me how crucial it is to have positive role models to look up to, especially as a child/young adult. Through coaching, I hope that I can make a difference and inspire others the way that my coaches, teachers and trainers have done for me.