Player of the Week: Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

As a freshman, Jonathan Grant has made solid progress as an alpine racer.

“He is very hard working, and takes directions very well,” Lake Region Alpine Ski Coach Charlie O’Brien said. “He has improved his skiing tremendously this year, so far.”

In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Jonathan 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 Grant File

Name: Jonathan Grant

Year in School: Freshman

Hometown: Casco

Parents: Daniel Grant, Sarah Cabral

Sports you play: Football, alpine skiing

School organizations: Varsity Club

Why did you choose to alpine ski race? I choose to play this sport because I love to ski. I’ve been skiing for most of my life. This is my second year racing.

What is the most difficult part of racing? The most difficult part is finding the time to do academics and other things outside of skiing. Practice is Tuesday through Thursday with races on Monday.

What do you enjoy the most about the sport? I enjoy being able to go up to Shawnee Peak every day and practice.

What do you feel you need to work on? I need to work on memorizing the racecourse. If you can remember the course, it is easier to anticipate and setup for what comes next.

Why is teamwork important? Teamwork is important because there is always someone that can help you improve. If you form a good bond with your teammates, it helps you become a better and smarter player.

What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had on you? My coach (Charlie O’Brien) has taught me so much this season. He lets me use his equipment to race on. He has done so much for me and my teammates.

How do you want people to view you as an athlete? I want people to view me as an athlete that doesn’t quit — in the classroom and on the field.

Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? I don’t know what I will remember the most because I still have three years of high school to go. If I had to pick one memory right now, I would choose my first race where I placed in the top 15.

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