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Throughout my elementary years in Fiji I was like no ordinary kid Academically I was an average student I was a chubby kid with low self-esteem which discouraged me from achieving good marks in school partly because I had the fear of speaking my mind To top things off things were even worse in PE I always tried to hide when my classmates picked teams for sports because I felt so uncomfortable When we played soccer or kickball I always seemed to stumble in front of my classmates which would automatically make me look like a buffoon I thought I was horrible at physical activities without making attempts to try and lacked confidence around my peers I began to avoid raising my hand when questions were being asked even when I was capable of answering the questions My sixth grade year started off just the same However when soccer season started everything changed when I encountered the person I admire the most the person to whom I attribute my success as an athlete and now have belief in myself He recognized a hidden talent in me and encouraged me to develop it That person was my sixth grade PE instructor Coach Singh One afternoon during PE Coach Singh lead us to the field and divided us into groups for scrimmage He started talking and the first thing I noticed was that he spoke with dignity and respect As he spoke I started paying more attention to how teamwork is such an important element for the soccer He also noticed how I would become hesitant at times when we began to play different activities Every time he would utter Remember do your best because your teammates need you and he always seemed to be talking directly to me At the practices I would remind myself that my teammates needed me and even though I couldnt see how my teammates
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