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Athlete of the Month - March 2011 Nicole Van Leeuwen - Kearns Water Polo Club

Nicole Van Leeuwen is an 8th grader at Elk Ridge Middle School in West Jordan, Utah. She has been playing for the Kearns Water Polo Club for four years and has shown considerable improvement over the last year. It's like a light bulb lit up in her head last summer and she realized she can play. Her confidence went up, her desire to learn became evident, and her willingness to get in the middle of the action has helped her be one of the best players in the state for her age. She helped her team win the Junior High Division of the Kearns Fall League. She also joined the Olympic Development Program in the Mountain Zone last fall, where she recently helped her 9th grade U Team take first place at Regionals in Tempe, AZ and was invited to participate in the National Training and Selection Camp. She is currently on the Kearns High Junior Varsity team and the 8th & Under team for the Utah High School Spring League.

Nicole is a great student and an excellent athlete. She works hard and is a good teammate. One of her other coaches, Melissa Soria, said she sees even more success in the future with Nicole and really enjoys coaching her. All in all she would make for a great choice for Athlete of the Month.

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