Women’s volleyball captain selected
By Courtnie Martin, Sports Reporter
Kyra Iannone, women’s volleyball coach, was determined to wait until the very last minute before choosing her captain, citing that she was, “just waiting to see who steps up.” Three short days later, Coach Iannone announced her selection: the team’s libero, Tori Trim. Her teammates took pride in the announcement with respectful applause.
“My captain demonstrates all the qualities that Douglas College wants to see in the culture. She may not be on the floor all the time, but she still shows her passion and commitment to the team every way that she can. She always leads by example,” said leftside player and one of the team’s first year players, Madison Burt.
With the team being very young, Trim was excited to accept the role as she is very aware of what is needed to lead a team successfully.
Growing up in Surrey, Trim originally had plans to play stateside after her final year at Clayton Heights Secondary. Shortly after she met Coach Iannone, however, her plans quickly changed: “I was playing in club provincials and Kyra had noticed me. Her vision of the team and what she planned on doing for the Douglas program really spoke to me. I ended up staying pretty much because of her.”
Looking at her coach’s résumé, it’s not hard to understand why. Iannone has been recognized for her outstanding coaching background, and she has been successful at both national and international levels of volleyball.
An important aspect of becoming a captain is preparation and time management. How does an individual manage their own personal responsibilities as well as the team’s? With this in mind, Trim has created techniques that hone her focus, preparedness, and enthusiasm in order to maintain a strong mindset. Visualization plays a huge role in Trim’s day-to-day growth on the court.
“Visualization is picturing going through things in my head. Anything from the gym, light stands movements, passing, digging, and serving. It really allows me to get my head in the game,” Trim explains.
Trim has made it her goal to remain true, dedicated, and to demonstrate the characteristics of an exceptional role model to her teammates. Along with this desire, she is aware that the process of developing a great team will take time. It is her hope that this year will be a huge stepping stone to a successful program.
With a fresh young team, the task will be difficult, but the Royals are up for the challenge—as long as a little visualization is involved, that is!