Congratulations to Marea Lee (MUSC 2002G), selected to the Olympic Development Program's
(ODP) top 18 players in Region IV.
Update Jan 13, 2016: Marea selected to the ODP National Training Camp January 22-25 in Phoenix, AZ. - the only 2002 born female player to be selected from Hawaii.
Marea, how was your experience at the 2015 Olympic Development Program Regional Championships?
"It wasn't really what I was expecting; but it was challenging and overall fun. The opportunity was pretty exciting, playing in Arizona with a selected group of individuals my age from Hawaii. It was every girl for herself when you stepped on that field, and I liked it that way."
What did you do to prepare for this event? How many days per week were you training and studying the game?
"I prepared for the ODP camp by training extra days with coach Brent, attempting to eat healthier, and working out with my dad whenever I could. I trained with my team, coach Brent's (HESA elite groups), on my own juggling for an hour each day, and watched and analyzed professional soccer games at least once or twice a week."
Over the years, how has Maui United Soccer Club helped you on and off the field?
" Pretty much everything I know about soccer, and striving for success, I learned from the coaches of Maui United. Coach Brent made me into the player I am today. He improved me and my skills so much, and instilled a competitive fire in me that pretty much defines me and my game to this day. I'm so grateful to learn life lessons every day in training. If coach Brent had never believed in me and taken me to the next level, I might still be playing just for fun or not be playing at all. I definitely wouldn't have made regional top 18."
What are your goals for the near future within the sport?
"My main goal for the near future is to perform well at the regional camp I'll be attending in July. I hope to make the US National Team and play professional soccer in the future. I know I'm only 13, but I believe that if you really want something, you shouldn't stop working, until you get there and achieve your goals."