By Derrick Smith
Just because someone enjoys playing and competing in a particular sport does not mean that they will reach their full potential. They also have to be willing to put in the work and prepare both mentally and physically. Tarun Vinodkumar says that there is a lot that goes into becoming a successful athlete.
“For me, it’s taken dedication, a strong support system of family and friends, and inner motivation to keep on going,” he stated. “Being involved in sports is difficult and a lot of work, especially with the added pressures of academic success. But the experience is like no other. It’s fun, rewarding, and makes you a stronger person, not only physically but also mentally. You get another family of passionate, like-minded people, and it’s a family that will be dear to my heart for the rest of my life.”
Tarun is a senior at Bartlesville High School. He is a member of the wrestling and soccer teams. He says that his favorite moment as an athlete would be winning the Carmen Classic wrestling tournament.
Throughout his life, Tarun has had a number of people that have influenced him. But he says that there are a few people that have had a big impact on him, both as a person and an athlete.
“My parents are my biggest role models because they’ve been there every step of the way and have been incredible in supporting me in my endeavors. They gave me all the opportunities to flourish and pursue my passions in both academics and athletics and I am forever grateful for that. Also, my coaches because they’re always pushing me to be my best and never letting me give up on myself. Through hundreds of arduous practices, games, duals, and tournaments, they have made me physically and mentally stronger helping me become the athlete I am today.”
Along with his sports, Tarun is also involved in various other groups.
“I have been actively involved in band since sixth grade,” he stated. “I also intern at Ignite Medical Resorts currently where I shadow a physical therapist. I interned at Jane Phillips hospital last semester. I am also a part of the high school math club, National Honor Society, and student council.”