Q&A: Senior Soccer Player Gabriel Flewellyn

Gabriel Flewellyn, a senior athlete at Hilbert, has been playing sports for as long as he can remember, starting around age four.

His father, Steven Flewellyn, was his soccer team’s coach for a few years which ultimately helped him acquire passion for soccer. Throughout Flewellyn’s athletic career thus far he has played the following sports: soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, hockey, track and field, cross country, football, and lacrosse. He currently is playing soccer and his position is outside back (defense). The Scribe recently got a chance to interview him about his athletic career while at Hilbert.

The Scribe: What got you into sports?

Gabriel Flewellyn: I’ve been doing sports as long as I can remember and I started really young. It was something I did with my father. He was my coach for a lot of it and my older brother and I got to play a lot together. It was almost family time and friend time because I got to spend time with my father, brother, and friends all at the same time.

TS: What sports you’ve played at Hilbert:

GF: I’ve played soccer my whole time at Hilbert and two seasons of lacrosse.

TS: Why did you commit to play soccer at Hilbert:

GF: I committed to Hilbert mainly for academics, but I was also recruited by the coach at the time and it was the sport I played the longest and I’ve enjoyed playing that the most of all sports so I had to stick with it.

TS: What made you decide to play lacrosse also?

GF: I met some guys from the team and started hanging out with them. I had no intention in playing until they kind of convinced me to play lacrosse. After they started having some captains practices, they gave a stick and some pads and I started practicing every night in the gym. Sometimes we’d blast music and the other guys would come and wed have a throw-around. They were like mentors to me and eventually I got to tryouts and made the team. I won’t be playing this year since I graduate in December and will no longer be here for the spring sports season.

TS: What was your biggest takeaways from being a Hilbert athlete:

GF: I guess just the importance of the biggest relationships you make. You can get some lifelong friendships and learn a lot from the other guys. You have a bunch of people from different places and mindsets and it’s nice to see them. You learn a lot about other people and how to relate and interact with them. That locker room mentality is a unique experience.

TS: How would you say the soccer team has progressed since your first year playing at Hilbert?

GF: Easily I think it’s the mindset. This year everyone’s goal is winning for each other. We all share the same mindset and you never feel like you’re out of a game. Our first game we were down like 3-0 and we came back and it was amazing. In another game everyone kind of thought we were out of the game, but we took them into overtime and came back and beat them. Everyone’s constantly working as hard as they can for one another, in practice, on the field. Someone might get injured or goes down on the field but they’ll fight through it. They’ll do what they can until they can’t do it anymore, it’s sweet.

TS: What’s this season looking like this year?

GF: The team is really recognizing its potential and really leading us to a great start and leading us to have a sense of optimism once conference games starts, positive momentum is a good way to put it.

TS: How have sports impacted your life?

GF: Sports have become a passion of mine, whether it been playing, working out to relive stress, or even just watching them with my father or friends. It’s really given me to something to be passionate about. It even gave me an outlet for having a new hobby of creating my own podcast. I love playing sports because they give me time to work out and have some social time. In my free time I just go to the gym, burn steam, and hit some weights when I’m stressed.

You can check out Flewellyn’s podcast on Apple Music or Spotify called Extra Points. It’s a football oriented podcast that covers NFL and college football.

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