Nefeli Papadakis

 

NEFELI PAPADAKIS

WEIGHT CLASS:  78KG

CLUB:  MENOMONEE JUDO CLUB

HOMETOWN:  GURNEE, IL

AGE:  19

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JUDO MEMORY?
My favorite judo memory would be growing up with my dad as my coach and always being with him and my older brother, George, on the practice mats as a kid. Family is everything to me so this was important and really made us all close. Going to judo was mine and my brothers form of daycare, so it was always lots of fun for me and I always was looking forward to it.

WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO OR WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY?
My role model is Ronda Rousey, because of all the obstacles she overcame in order to reach her goal. It took a lot of grit and an insanely motivated and determined mindset to do that and I have a lot of respect for her for it.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT JUDO HAS HAD ON YOUR LIFE?
Judo has had a huge impact on my life and definitely made me the person I am today. It helped me a lot with time management and just being well rounded growing up. I learned how to balance a busy schedule of practices along with school and a social life from a young age, and I am SO grateful for that now that I am in college.

 


 


 

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