You have majored in communications and minored in occupational science. You are the Ambassador for The Young & Brave Foundation. Share with us more about this endeavor of yours?
I went to the University of Southern California and really enjoyed my college experience with academics, athletics and Greek life. I think those four years were huge in my development as a person and athlete. Once I graduated I wanted to still be a part of a community and heard of The Young & Brave Foundation through mutual friends.
The foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps pediatric cancer. I haven’t done much in the last few years, but the hospital visits and fundraising are special memories.
You took time away from Team USA in 2017 to resume a professional surfing career. What led to that decision? How did it help?
I’ve always done both sports, but water polo has demanded more commitment because it is a team sport and the intense training regimen. I always wanted to fully commit to surfing and thought after competing in Rio I would be ready. I had a lot fun traveling and competing.
It was a huge growth year for me, but early on in 2017 I realized I missed water polo and I had more to give. Fortunately, our coach let me come back, but to this day I’m still working on gaining trust from teammates after pursuing surfing.
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