A two-year varsity captain on Maine West’s badminton team, Brittany Gorski promotes positivity on and off the court. With the season still in progress, she already has a better record than she did all of last year.
Head coach Maggie Weaver says that Gorski has improved her accuracy and footwork in the hope of a run in the state tournament. Over the past two years, Weaver says that Gorski “has become one of the most hardworking and dedicated players I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. She is serious about success and it shows in her work ethic and attitude both on and off the court.”
Name: Brittany Gorski
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Hometown: Originally from Chicago. I moved to Des Plaines in 3rd grade.
Position: #1 singles, #3 doubles
How long have you played badminton? 4 years. I began playing as a freshman.
What do you love most about badminton?
The pace is quick, intense and you have to use strategy. It's a mental and a physical game – you need to have the skill set, talent, and athleticism, but you also need to be able to plan your own shots, and predict what the opponent is going to hit as well. I love the intensity of the game and the mental acuteness you need to play well.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
To place in sectionals (to qualify for state), and do better in state than I did last year. I will practice hard, play harder, and push myself more than ever before to get those tough wins and to keep improving.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
Working with the incredible team that we have this year. We have proven ourselves to be hard workers and that shows when we play on the court. The group of girls we have on the team is extraordinary, and I am so glad to be playing alongside them.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
In between games I have to put my racket on the even side of the serving square to make a triangle, and place the bird inside that triangle.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
Coach Weaver. As a freshman I couldn't wait to be on her varsity team, and as a sophomore I remember seeing her teach the varsity players and I was inspired to be just as good as them because of her positive, encouraging attitude. She has been one of my major motivators, and she has taught me so much about the sport. I honestly wouldn't be where I am or have accomplished so much if she wasn't my coach, and I thank her greatly for everything she's done to push me to be the best player I could be.
If you didn’t play badminton, what would you be doing?
I would probably be playing softball or be on the track and field team because I really enjoy playing sports.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Jonathan Toews from the Blackhawks. He is such a focused, driven player who motivates his team, and as a person he is so down-to-earth and kind. He is a very successful player who doesn't let the fame and status get to his head.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside badminton?
I love to participate in all types of sports and games, as well as play board games, read, hang out with my friends and listen to music.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
"If we were meant to speak more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.” – Mark Twain
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
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