Athletes of the Year: Amanda Link

Amanda Link

When Amanda Link transferred from Anzar to Gilroy for her junior
and senior years, she didn’t know how to be a winner.
Not that it was her fault.

Going to CCS for volleyball was totally huge,

says Link, recalling her favorite sporting memory from her two
years at GHS.

For me, I came from a school that was small and we never won a
game. Just the people and coaches (at Gilroy) made everything
memorable.

When Amanda Link transferred from Anzar to Gilroy for her junior and senior years, she didn’t know how to be a winner.

Not that it was her fault.

“Going to CCS for volleyball was totally huge,” says Link, recalling her favorite sporting memory from her two years at GHS. “For me, I came from a school that was small and we never won a game. Just the people and coaches (at Gilroy) made everything memorable.”

She may have started small, but the standout in basketball and volleyball eventually learned how to be a champ. Once Link got out of her own way, that is.

“Overcoming myself was my own biggest obstacle,” she says. “But my coaches (Sam Navarez, volleyball, and Keri Williams, basketball) helped me see that the only thing that could stand in my way was me.”

Link used to get easily frustrated when she had to learn new skills.

“My whole game would get thrown off,” she says.

Then there were the times when she would just give up all together. But this year was a different story.

“I realized that if I have the mentality that I can’t do it, I can’t do it,” Link says.

Link, who is headed to Chico State this fall, is quick to give credit to those around her who have helped her develop her athletic career over the years, especially her parents.

“Without them, I would never be where I am today,” Link says. “They’ve always helped push me and have been my backbone.”

The Link File

Basketball

6-0, center

First Team All-TCAL (’04-’05), Second Team All-TCAL (’03-’04)

Volleyball

Outside hitter, 5 kills per game, 4 blocks per game

Second Team All-TCAL (2004), All-TCAL honorable mention (2003)

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