• Friday Aug 19, 2016

    CU15G Player Perspective: Megan Titterton (Bermuda)

    Bermuda defender Megan Titterton (pictured) was one of the standout players and people at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship.

    ORLANDO, Florida – The power of football should never be underestimated.

    It has the ability to enrich and change lives, taking us to far-flung places, while simultaneously acting as an agent for unity.

    That’s why the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship currently being contested at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex stands as an important milestone. The competition has provided a platform for young women from across the region to see what’s possible on and off the field; perhaps, setting them on the path of their dreams. 

    Earlier in the week, CONCACAF.com presented an article written by Cayman Islands midfielder Monique Hernandez. In powerful fashion, she shared what football means to her, as well as to other players on their athletic journeys.

    With this new installment of CU15G Player Perspective, we get an expressive take from Bermuda’s Megan Titterton. The Bermudians were one of the tournament’s pleasant revelations, winning Group E with a perfect 3-0-0 record, before falling to the United States in the quarterfinals.

    No one could have foreseen Bermuda’s ultimate success. Megan’s article was written prior to the tournament. It gives us a look at what a player experiences heading into an international competition.

    Now that we all know how well Bermuda performed – thanks in part to Titterton – one wonders how she feels now back at home. Was everything as she expected or were there surprises along the way?

    We’ll have to wait for the follow-up article to get the answer.

     

    Written by Megan Titterton, Bermuda girls’ under-15 national team

    I started playing football at seven-years-old. It has brought me new friendships, commitment and achievement. One of the main things I love about football is meeting new people and developing bonds that will last a lifetime. I also enjoy playing football because it allows me to focus and block out anything unrelated to the game, relieving pressures or negativity that may cross my mind. The sport shows that the hard work you put in comes out in the end and it really does make me feel special in a way nothing else ever could.

    There have been four main people in my life that made an impact on me and football. Naquita Robinson, my current coach has been a huge influence. She approached me when I was twelve and has encouraged me to continue playing football. I am now part of the Bermuda girls’ under-15 national team, where she is one of our coaches, still always striving to make me a better player every day.

    Another person who has impacted me ever since I was young is all-time great player Mia Hamm. She was my early hero as one of those who drove women’s football forward, especially in the United States. I admire her because she never gave up.

    Lastly, are my parents, who have always been there for me, supporting me at home and on the road to success. Without my parents, I would never be where I am today.

    I feel lucky and relieved to have made the team! To be chosen for the national team out of all the girls that play soccer in Bermuda makes me feel special inside. Also, it is an amazing to know that my hard work, dedication and sacrifices over the past year have paid off. I’m so happy and excited to represent my country. My fellow teammates and I will do our best to make all Bermudians proud.

    I feel excited to go to Orlando as I think it will be a great learning experience and will enable us to become better players overall. We have a great team full of talented young ladies. I think this trip is a great opportunity that will bring our team closer together and develop thicker bonds between everyone by the end.

    On the other hand, I am nervous because I am representing my country and I do not want to let anyone down. Additionally, this is my first time competing internationally, so I am unsure of what to expect, which frightens me somewhat. I’m certain the tournament, however, will make me a stronger person because I will be ready for anything.

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