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Getting To Know: Katie Neely

What is your favorite part about your sport?: Tennis is probably my favorite sport because not only does it physically challenge me, but also mentally. All great tennis players have to be mentally strong in order to succeed. Also, playing tennis is very versatile as I can play it through all stages of my life.

What is the most important lesson you have learned through athletics?: The most important lesson I have learned through athletics is to not give up after one small failure. Being able to accept failure is a big part of later success. If you aren’t willing to fail, you aren’t willing to win.

What do you love about representing Penn High School?: The one thing I love about representing Penn High School is that our athletic teams are all very supportive and willing to let anyone try out. The tennis team is very encouraging to other teammates and even other competitors.

What are some traits you love in a team leader?: Some traits I love in a team leader is being able to make connections with all team members. A good team leader supports everyone on the team and makes sure everyone feels important.

What advice would you give a freshman about Penn Athletics?: Advice I would give a freshman about Penn Athletics is to never be afraid to try something new. When I was a freshman I had never played tennis before but I decided to give it a shot and I’m so thankful that I did.

Who is a player (at any level) you look up to and why?: Someone I look up to is Caroline Wozniacki, a former tennis player who was ranked No.1 in singles for a total of 71 weeks. I look up to her because she is known for also spreading kindness throughout the tennis community and is a very great player.

If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?: I would probably want to meet Serena Williams because she has come so far and it would be really special to meet such an amazing tennis player.

What is your favorite sports movie and why?: My favorite sports movie is “McFarland USA” because it shows how some of the greatest athletes have been through so many hardships and still are able to make it to the top.

What is your favorite part of practice?: My favorite part of practice is being able to talk and have fun with my friends while also getting better and learning new techniques of the game.

What are some goals you have for the upcoming season?: Some goals I have for the upcoming season is to make state and encourage other girls to try out for the team even if they haven’t played before.

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