Athlete of the Week: Maiya Caldwell, Fairfield High School

Maiya Caldwell
Maiya Caldwell

Name: Maiya Caldwell

School: Fairfield High School

Sport: Soccer

Class: Junior

Age: 16

Claim to fame: When I was 14 I broke my finger early in the game while in goal but kept playing and got a shutout with one hand.

Bet you didn’t know: I also participate in two Fairfield show choirs: Choraliers and Pure Elegance

Toughest opponent/why? It’s a toss-up between Mason and Oak Hills. They play with intensity and they definitely want to win as much as we do.

Favorite book: The Girl Who Could Fly

Favorite movie: Moulin Rouge

Favorite TV show: Kitchen Nightmares

Favorite musical artist/song?: I’m a big fan of Broadway and the Rent cast album is one of my absolute favorites.

Favorite pro athlete/why? Misty Copeland because she’s the first black principle dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Her drive, dedication, and perseverance never ceases to inspire me.

Favorite smell: Vanilla

Favorite home-cooked meal: Stuffed shells

Game-day rituals: Listening to show tunes on the way to games

Person who would play me in a movie/why? Kyla Pratt because many of the characters she plays are outside the box and remind me of myself.

Words I live by: “Strive for progress, not perfection”

Biggest influence/why? My keeper coach Leigh Terry. She came on the coaching staff my freshman year and she’s been one of my favorite coaches ever. She always pushes me to do my best and I’m probably closer to her than anyone else on the team.

I am most annoyed by: Slackers

I can’t live without: Reality competition TV shows (example: Skin Wars)

Most embarrassing moment: My teammates showed a video of me dancing in the locker room to my coaches.

In 10 years, I’ll be: On Broadway

Best thing about soccer: The feeling after making an awesome save

Worst thing about soccer: Playing with people who don’t play hard

Vegetable I just won’t eat: Corn

Favorite junk food: Chocolate covered pretzels

Favorite school subject: Choir

Last DVD or video game I bought: Skyrim

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