My defining moment occurred nearly 9 months before it defined me. Before high school I wouldn't have defined myself as an athlete. When I got into high school I tried out for the junior basketball team. I didn't expect much but I made the team. We had a good season and I had a lot of fun. I continued the rest of my year playing with the curling team and running track and field. During the fall of grade 10 I tried out for the basketball team again. This time I didn't make it. That was my defining moment. I just didn't know it yet. Not doing a sport wasn't an option for me, so I joined the cross country running team. That team made me realize that there was more to athletics than chasing a ball. After cross country finished I did something I never thought I would do. I joined the ski team. That team taught me a lot as well about what it was to be an athlete. Once the snow had melted and the season was over I did another crazy thing. I joined the rowing team. I hate mornings, I don't like being yelled at and I don't like getting wet. I loved rowing. Nearly 9 months after my defining moment happened it finally defined me. If I had not been cut from basketball I never would have joined cross country running. Had I not run cross country I wouldn't have joined skiing. If I hadn't skied, I wouldn't have joined rowing. If I wasn't cut from the basketball team, I wouldn't be doing something that I love.