Jyoti Ruparell, Ryerson Rams, Volleyball
Growing up I was never an athletic kid. It didn’t matter what sport it was, I was always picked or finished last. So, in grade seven I ended up trying out for every school team just for fun and made them, surprising everyone.
I started with volleyball and I fell in love with the team, the sport, and the competition. Throughout my journey to becoming a varsity athlete, I have had to overcome a lot of adversity, some in more ways than others.
Firstly, I wasn't a small kid, I’ve never looked like a stereotypical tall and lean volleyball player. It didn’t bother me until high school, club, and university coaches refused to take me because of the way I looked.