This week former Olympia, and pro player Natasha Watley answers our 10 questions. Written By Gary LelandQ. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I started playing when I was 5.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. My father, Edwin Watley. He was my first coach turned into my biggest fan!
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. Love having at least an hour or 2 to myself to just relax, eat, and listen to music.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I love spending time with my family & friends. I love traveling and seeing new places and see how different people live across the world!
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. I would soley place all credit to the player I am today to my support system….all who would include would be my Parents and some amazing coaches along the way.
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. Not really.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. I have many, and actually still making them. The ones that come to mind first is winning a National Championship in college. Also winning a Gold Medal. Winning a Gold Medal will be something I will rememeber and cherish when I'm 90 years old! Will never forget the feeling I had standing on the podium in front of my Parents and representing my country.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. I think an athletes mental state is what separates he goods from the greats!!! Being able to have a short term memory when failure hits is a taught skill and should be something that is practice daily on exactly how you as an individual handle failure. In our sport failure happens far to often so you have to perfect bouncing back fast!!!
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. I would be the female version to Donald Trump and own a lot everywhere!
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. Being able to constantly reinvent myself. As an athlete it feel so natural to stick with your strengths and never really evolve. To stay ahead of the trends, it's so important to constantly evolve & reinvent daily to stay ahead of the curve
Visit Natasha's website at NatashaWatley.com/