Hancock Lumber Player of the Week: Jacqui Black

By Wayne E. Rivet

Staff Writer

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Jacqui is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Black File

Name: Jacqui Black

Year in School: Senior

Town: Naples

Parents: Kathy and Chuck Black

School Activities/Sports: Alpine skiing, varsity soccer, indoor and outdoor track, Student Council.

Q. Why did you choose alpine skiing? JB. I chose skiing because ever since I was little, racing was something that I was passionate about and loved doing.

Q. What did you hope to accomplish this season? JB. In our State Ski Meet, I hope to place in the Top 10 and advance to the Shoot Out.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? JB. I really enjoy the giant slalom races and my teammates. They are all a lot of fun to be around and are very supportive.

Q. What do you like the least? JB. Slalom races and the freezing cold days!

Q. What makes you successful? JB. My family is key to my success. My dad waxes and sharpens by skis before every race. My mom, dad and my younger brothers are at every single race throughout the season, cheering me on and supporting me.

Q. What would your dream moment be? JB. My dream moment would probably be placing in the Top 5 in giant slalom and slalom at States.

Q. What has the sport taught you? JB. The sport has taught me a couple of things — that practice really does make perfect, and if you want something badly enough, you can obtain it by putting everything into the race and having the desire to win!

Q. Who has inspired you? JB. My older brother, Jared has probably inspired me the most. When we were younger, he was an amazing racer and had an incredible love and passion for the sport. His skiing ability and passion inspired me to work harder in racing, hoping that one day I would be able to race as good as him, if not better.

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