Olympian Danielle Henderson Answers My Ten Questions Written By Gary Leland
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I was in the 3rd grade when I started playing softball. I was 15yrs old when I first learned how to pitch
Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. I feel that everyone that has ever coached me has helped me get to where I am today. If my travel coach Kim Gwydir didn’t teach me how to pitch I never would have went to UMass. Playing with the Brakettes I had the opportunity to work with John Stratton who taught me how to move the ball
Q.How did you get ready for a game?
A. I try to treat everything like a normal day. I try to keep the routine the same for practice as I would for a game
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I am obsessed with HGTV so when I have time off I am either doing some wood working or home renovations. I also enjoy going on long walks with my dog.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. I feel like my failures have influenced me the most. Every time I have failed at something the journey of getting back has taught me so much. It teaches you how to fight thru things and never settle
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. never wanted any superstitions. Didn’t want to feel like some outside force had any impact on the result of my play
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. There seems like so many to choose from but the one that sticks out the most is one of the first ones. It was the first time we went to the WCWS. We were in the losers bracket and because of rain the day before we would have to win 3 games in 1 day to go. I pitched all 3 games and the energy from the crowd is what kept me going.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. It is such an important part of the game, it will determine whether or not you succeed. There are a ton of great books out there to help improve on this area. You need to use it every day so it becomes part of your routine. Like anything else you do you have to practice it to get better at it
Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. Not doing as well as I would have liked after college. I lost all confidence and was feeling pretty bad about myself. It took years to get back to were I was mentally which affected me physically. I learned a lot during that time period and now it helps me to be a better coach. Being thru the highs and lows helps you relate to more athletes and help the ones before they reach that same point.
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. Have my own show on HGTV or DIY network.
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