When I first started playing paint ball I would go and hide in the deepest part of the brush I could find and sit there listening for someone to walk by. If they did, I would freeze and stay still until they were gone and everyone would get eliminated and I would be left with the best player and would surrender. Even though I would watch them walk by me I never shot them, I didn’t have the guts. Part of it was that I was also really shy at the time, and didn’t like attention. I was four foot 7 and would hide behind my Dad peak around him whenever some one talked to me. When my I was on the same team as my Dad, I would fallow him around in my gillie suit when he was wearing his and be his little shadow Ewok. This allowed me to hide extra well because I all ready new how to hide. Players would end up walking into me and then I got the nick name Ghillie Girl .
The day I felt like I was playing paintball and not hiding was when we played in the Virgin River Paintball Challenge on May 16 -17 2008. I was asked to go buddy up with Tad “Ajax” Trueblood. Our goal was to get past the other teams defenses. We made it all the way past the enemy line and took out a couple of guys before we got lit up. It was then that I realized that I can do this! I don’t need to hide anymore! During that event I learned that I could sneak up on other players and that I could learn faster by making mistakes. It made me a better player by allowing me to take what I had learned and applying it the next time I played.
After the Virgin River Paintball Challenge I felt I was an OK player, but not really one that could be a game changer. It wasn’t until later that year that I realized I was as good as anyone else on the field. The event was Aliens in the Rockies 2008. I was bunkered down in a dip and there was another player there with me and we held that spot for an hour. Another moment was when I was playing the night game and I partnered up with another player and we cleared a tree of opposing players and then belly crawled across the road and obtained the objective. Succeeding at Aliens was really the springboard that gave me the confidence to push harder on the field knowing that even though I was tiny and a girl I could still kick butt!