By Arden Y
Sports are very important for many of the kids here in Duxbury, let alone Duxbury High School. So many students put in a lot of time and energy in practicing for their team, and getting ready for games against other schools. Football, soccer, field hockey, and many other sports are popular here. However, there are a lot of sports that kids play outside of school that are not offered as school sports. These students have to go elsewhere to play and practice their sport, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t work as hard.
“I think that sports that don’t have teams are just as valuable. I think it’s important to have different sports in school,” junior Rose O said.
Fiona S, Rose O, and Alanna N are all examples of students who play sports outside of school.
Junior Alanna N. is a new student and junior at DHS this year. She plays rugby with her team in South Burlington Vermont.
“In Vermont it is only a spring sport for high school,” she said. “I started playing my freshman year. I always wanted to do a sport, and I always wanted to have it be one with more physical contact. Yet, I was not allowed on the Football teams and [to] be able to play. That is when I found rugby, and I made a family with that team and haven’t stopped playing since.”
Rugby is a sport that is played all around the world, especially in England, where it originated. However, DHS does not offer rugby as a school sport.
“I really do wish that rugby was a school sport, not only is the sport extremely fun but it is so inclusive of every shape, size, and ability,” Alanna said. “There is a position for people who love to run, and those who would rather just tackle people into the earth. I think that it isn’t a sport [at DHS] because rugby in the United States is still fairly new, and it is just starting to grow.”
Other students who practice sports outside of school are Fiona and Rose. Both of them practice different types of martial arts; Rose does karate and Fiona taekwondo.
Rose started karate when she was 11-years-old. “I started karate because, no joke, I actually got inspired from the original movie The Karate Kid” Rose said. “Also, all of my siblings have at least tried karate once. But my brother and sister did it until green belt.” Rose has a first degree black belt in her class.
Fiona, a junior, is also a black belt in taekwondo, but a second degree one. “I started taekwondo when I was five” she said “My parents wanted me to learn the self-defense and self-confidence taught in all martial arts. [I am] nationally ranked as 4th in the US in my division”.
Both Rose and Fiona agree that their sports should not be made into school sport teams. “I don’t think taekwondo could realistically be a school sport” Fiona said “Taekwondo coaches agree that to be at a competitive level, an individual would need to train for at least 5 years”.
Rose said that she doesn’t think karate should be a school sport because “there are so many different types of karate that it would be wicked difficult to choose one to do”.
“Taekwondo is a sport I became passionate [with] when I was young, and trained for years to be at a National [and] International level of competition. I love the sport I do, but I don’t think it would be a realistic fit at Duxbury,” Fiona added.
No matter if the sport is played in school or outside of school, every athlete has a personal reason why they practice their sport.
“I always struggled with the way I saw myself, but rugby gave happiness and confidence to me,” Alanna said. “There is nothing like tackling someone twice your size into the ground and stopping them dead in their tracks. If you go anywhere and you find someone who plays or played rugby it is an automatic connection and friendship”.
“Karate has helped me so much in my life. It has helped me mentally and physically. It taught me to have confidence in myself” Rose said. “The biggest strength in my life is karate and I will keep on doing it no matter what.”