As captain of the throwing team for Track and Field at Brien McMahon, senior Vassili Kyrkos has decided to play golf for the spring season.
Leaving track was a major decision for Kyrkos, but once he took into account his future, he knew what his mind was set on. “Going to a college in Canada, I feel like my major is more important than any type of sports career and I don't feel like pursuing track and field will really help me financially in the future,” said Kyrkos.
Kyrkos, wanting to major in civil engineering once he gets to college, understands that sports and school will not mix well. “The courses are very rigorous and I feel like playing a sport will really affect my studying and doing well in school which will prevent me from accomplishing big things in college.”
Kyrkos was Brendan Duddy’s (‘19) captain in the track season, but now the roles have reversed as Duddy serves as Kyrkos’ golf captain. “I mean obviously it’s a huge blow for the track team, but they have Kelete with them and Vassili helped him all winter to improve so I don’t think they’re really losing any points.”
Most student athletes that play different sports want different experiences, but when it comes to track and golf that is not the case being that they are both individual sports. “Track was a very individualized sport for me until the championship season, so I feel if I can focus on myself I can do really good in golf,” said Kyrkos.
Starting golf just in this past October, Kyrkos has already fallen in love with the sport. He feels that it is game of patience and something he could improve on for the future.
“He’s always sending me videos of him practicing at home and always asking me the next time we’re gonna play,” Duddy said. He went on to add “He’s improved so much since the first time I brought him out. I think he’s even surpassed some of the kids on the team last year… we definitely have a chance at a winning record if we all improve like he has.”
As a senior, Kyrkos wants to live up his final year to the fullest and choosing golf will help him to do just that. Kyrkos believes that golf is something he is able to do in future, with his friends or even individually.