Lives in: Gorham
Sport: Field hockey
Kelsey Pequinot has been a diehard fan of field hockey for almost as long as she can remember. The Gorham High School senior first picked up the sport as a first-grader back in the fall of 2000, and has been actively competing since then. In fact, Pequinot is so devoted to the game that she has made it a year-round activity.
Two years ago, Kelsey was approached by a representative of the Katahdin indoor field hockey team, and since successfully trying out, Pequinot has spent her winters playing on smaller fields under the lights, while staying fresh for her next high school season.
Although Pequinot also competes in track for the Rams, she admits that her primary goal is just to stay in shape for field hockey. And that’s probably a good thing, since Pequinot’s ambitions are hardly limited to just helping Gorham win. Pequinot is hoping attend St. Joseph’s College and continue to play field hockey there.
Aside from field hockey, Pequinot says that she enjoys playing the guitar and singing.
There’s little time for that now, however, as Pequinot and the Rams are gearing up to try and pick up where the team left off last year. Massabesic eliminated Gorham in the first round of the playoffs in 2010, but Pequinot is determined to not let that happen again.
How did you get involved and how long have you been involved with your sport?
I did youth field hockey as a kid in first grade, and every year I would get so excited to go do it, because I loved the girls there – they were my role models. And now it is just so weird for me, because I go to youth field hockey, and I am teaching the younger girls, and I know just how much of an impact that had on me. Our team does it every year. It’s just kind of a thing that we hold, and it’s a great experience.
What fuels your passion?
Field hockey is my passion. I just work hard, and if I don’t do something right, I give it my all to make it right. I get so excited when I go to play, and that is why I stay involved in the sport all year. There are some talented girls playing this, and sometimes I will go into a game and I know that they are going to be a challenge. But I always just go at it and see what happens. I have always challenged myself and created goals for myself, and I have pushed myself farther than I thought I could.
What athletes have inspired you?
I always watch the European guys playing (the more physical style of field hockey) on YouTube. And I also look up to my coach, Randy Richardson, who coaches at Kent Hill. He was my coach at Katahdin, and he has helped me out a lot. He has taught me a lot of things that I wouldn’t have learned on my own. He is kind of an older guy, but he knows a whole lot about field hockey.
What are your goals?
I am hoping to play in college. I am really looking hard at St. Joe’s. I love the campus and I love the coach – I have met him. He actually came to my Katahdin team, and talked to us about the school. Professionally, I would like to become a nurse. And, while I am going to see how college goes, long term, I would love to become a coach and coach at the high school level. That would be great.
What advice do you have for a woman taking up your sport?
At first it is not always easy. You mess up a lot because you are not used to it, obviously. You need to just keep at it, and feel the love of the game, and that will help you through it. Don’t pace yourself, either – just go at it. Look up before you hit, and talk, talk, talk. Communication is key in this game.