Meet Nadia Quijano. Nadia is 17 years old and is a senior at Coronado High School. While she might look like your typical teenage girl, her drive and aggression out on the football field may suggest otherwise.
This year Nadia decided to tryout to be the placekicker for the CHS Islanders football team, considered by most to be a male sport. Nadia was not afraid to break that stereotype. “It was very intimidating at first, but then everyone was very sweet and open,” said Nadia.
Week after week Nadia went out and displayed her poise and confidence on the field. Coach Kurt Hines explained that Nadia’s greatest contribution to the team was her great attitude and her drive to be the best she could be. “What I looked forward to the most each Friday night was seeing the other team’s faces when they realize that I’m a girl,” Nadia added.
Being a student athlete is difficult, but being a dual sport student athlete is even more challenging. On top of football Nadia also plays soccer. She plays on the CHS girls varsity team and also on her Albion club team.
Nadia had a very successful football season playing with the team. Her advice to any to other girls who are considering trying out for the team is, “JUST DO IT because it is truly so much fun and so worth it!”
Last Friday, #10 seeded Coronado beat #7 seeded Mount Miguel 29-27 in the opening round of CIF. Coronado will play #2 seeded Serra this Friday at 7pm (away). Go Islanders!