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November 2017 Committed Athletes
November 2017 Committed Athletes

Led by head coach Rick Huegli and assistant coach Erica Pitman, the Lakeside strength and conditioning program's committed athlete platform recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room.

Lakeside student-athletes who exemplify the following traits are looked at as potential committed athletes:

  • Consistent attendance to training sessions that have been arranged;
  • Consistent attendance to training sessions beyond regular in-season team sessions;
  • Appropriate effectiveness and training intensity of workouts;
  • Proactive communication with strength and conditioning staff;
  • Punctuality;
  • Positive attitude toward self and others during workout sessions; and,
  • Leadership example.

"We want to be purposeful about the way we train and the way we are building competence in our student-athletes," Huegli said. "Our objective each and every day is to grow and promote a culture of commitment and personal responsibility within our student-athletes. We're really laying the foundation of our strength program by rolling out the committed athlete platform."

In addition to being highlighted on the Lakeside Athletics website, student-athletes (one boy and one girl) who are selected will be featured in the weight room with their name written on the wall for all to see. Those selected will also receive a strength and conditioning t-shirt that highlights their accomplishments.

Huegli recently named senior Cate D. and junior William D. as Lakeside committed athletes.

Coach Huegli commented on the efforts of these two newest members of the committed athlete group.

"Cate and William represent everything a 'Committed Athlete' is about.  They have been consistent with their training over the years, developing their understanding of how to train and the importance of work and effort over the long term.  They set goals for themselves and train to achieve them."


After learning of their selection as committed athletes, Cate and William talked about what it means to be recognized.

Cate D.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

A committed athlete is someone who strives to make themselves better through constant effort, patience, and the willingness to put in the work required for change to happen.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

I started lifting in 10th grade when my dad made me because he thought I didn't have enough muscle. Since then lifting has evolved into something that has become an integral part of my life. Last year it helped me change the way I look at my body from something negative to something strong and healthy. This year I kept doing it because I really love getting stronger, even if it's not a massive amount.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

What helped me become a committed athlete was finding exercises that I loved. I actually enjoy waking up and feeling sore because I know that I am getting stronger, so finding those workouts that give me that feeling are the best. The exercises that I love help me get through the less enjoyable ones. Also, something else that's been really important to me is finding people that I love to lift with. Having those friendships both in and out of the weight room is something that makes me look forward to lifting, and I really appreciate them.

William D.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

A committed athlete at Lakeside is a hard worker who keeps their head down and stays focused on achieving their goal.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

I have benefited from the Lakeside strength and conditioning program in a variety of ways. First and foremost, I have seen a huge jump in my physicality, strength, and speed. I have learned new exercises and improved my form so that even if I can't work out at Lakeside I am still able to use my knowledge to stay consistent in other weight rooms. Also, through the Lakeside strength and conditioning program I believe my focus, discipline, and consistency have grown. This has helped me in all other aspects of my life, especially regarding school and sports.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

I think the best way to become more of a committed athlete is to improve your consistency. A committed athlete is someone who comes in regularly, ignores excuses, works hard, and focuses on improving themselves in however long a time they have.

Congratulations, Cate and William! 

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