All athletes have dreams.
Dreams are what motivate them to become their best — but rarely do they grow to become anything more than unattainable ambitions.
One Hokie is doing all she can to become part of the minority and make her goals reality.
For the past two and a half seasons, junior Dayle Colpitts has been minding the nets for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team, leading the Hokies to back-to-back NCAA tournaments.
However, she hopes her time at Tech is one more building block on the way to reaching her ultimate goal, one that she set for herself at a very young age.
“I decided when I was eight years old that I wanted to go to the Olympics, I just didn’t know in what sport,” Colpitts said.
She quickly made two realizations — the sport was going to be soccer, and she was going to work harder than anyone else to make it happen.
Colpitts grew up as the oldest of four children in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Her parents, Mark and Kim, played collegiate volleyball, and her three younger siblings all avidly participate in sports as well.
“We really encouraged them to be physically active,” said Kim Colpitts. “We tell them to work towards your full potential in everything you do, and never to settle for half.”
Coming from such an athletic family, Colpitts played a variety of sports throughout her youth and high school. Although she was a gifted athlete on any playing surface, she made a decision early on to focus on soccer, one that her club coach Howard Myatt says was tough, but one he knows why she made.