Maine is the perfect place for athletes. Whether you are a team player or a solo fitness enthusiast, you can find the right environment to pursue your sporting passions. In this issue of Maine Women, we will introduce you to several local Mainers who are happy to be here, enjoying their individual pursuits.
You might see Alicia Amy catching waves down near Ocean Park. Even though she never saw an ocean until she was 18 years old, Alicia now masters the waves in Maine and beyond. She likes the feeling of letting go. You can read more about Amy on page 12.
Beth Murphy was a three-sport, student athlete at Westbrook High School before returning there to teach and coach. She certainly had her own successes on the field in late 1970s and early ’80s, and then last year, as a coach she logged her 200th win as the WHS Blazes field hockey coach. Learn more about Beth on page 7.
At 18, Ellen Noble has probably logged more miles on a bike than most of will in a lifetime. Cycling is not a pastime for Ellen. She is ranked 12th in the nation in her sport of cyclocross. What is cyclocross? See page 5. Ellen will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she will continue to ride with a couple of teams and compete nationally.
Miss Maine Sportsman, Brittany Humphrey, couldn’t wait to obtain her junior hunting license when she was 10 years old. She had been watching both her mom and dad and learning from them, and was eager to get out there as a hunter. Humphrey also competed in three sports at Gray-New Gloucester High School, and followed that up with an athletic career at the University of Maine, Presque Isle. To support her active hunting lifestyle and the challenges of bow hunting, Brittany works out with weights and cardio several times a week. In addition to tagging a deer every year of her hunting career, Brittany has gotten two bull moose, one with her bow at a range of 37 yards. You can read more about this young woman on page 13.
As you flip through the remainder of this issue, you will find all types of “Good Sports” – that’s what we’re calling this issue – who are doing what comes naturally to them and living lives that support their athletic passions. I find this issue inspirational and motivational, and I hope you will, too.
– Lee Hews, Publisher