[heading]by JENNIFER FRAKES

photos by Soul of Photography[/heading]

For Preslea Wilson, playing soccer comes naturally. According to her mom, Jenn, Preslea discovered her soccer talent early on. “Preslea started playing soccer at age four, and we noticed she was a true natural. Without any coaching whatsoever, she tried out for the Carlsbad Lightning Red competitive team. With only two spots left, she made the team,” stated Jenn. Preslea is now a top player on her team, scoring 11 goals and leading her team to victory in the 2013 Carlsbad Cup Championship.

Perhaps even more impressive than Preslea’s achievements on the soccer pitch, is her passion for helping others. Recently, Preslea was one of the top fundraisers for Cal South TOPSoccer, a program designed to give players of all ages with mental or physical disabilities the opportunity to learn and play the game. “As one of the top fundraisers for the organization, I won a semi-private soccer clinic with two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach,” exclaimed Preslea, who counts Abby as one of her role models.

[pullquote align=”left”] “As one of the top fundraisers for the organization, I won a semi-private soccer clinic with two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, Abby Wambach.”[/pullquote]Preslea also looks to her family and her coach for inspiration and motivation. “My family inspires me. My mom is a soccer player, and I want to be on the Women’s National Olympic Soccer Team. My soccer coach, Heather Hilliard, also inspires me. She always pushes me to do my best,” revealed Preslea.

As a third grader at Saint John School in 92024, Preslea enjoys P.E., reading and writing. She loves her school and is happy to be a part of such a close-knit community. At home, Preslea can often be found helping her two younger brothers and younger sister with homework, something for which Jenn is extremely grateful. Preslea is also a well-rounded girl, who gets exceptional marks in school and has many interests. “I love soccer, running, gymnastics, surfing, horses and candy. God is a big part of my life, too,” stated Preslea.

At the tender age of nine, Preslea Wilson is someone who has already taken the world by storm and is making an impact both on and off the soccer field. With her talent, compassion and determination, there is no doubt that #11 will make her dreams come true.

 

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Name: Preslea Patricia Wilson
Age: 9
School: Saint John School in Encinitas
Grade: 3rd
Parents name: Jenn and David Wilson
Siblings names and ages: Gavin (7), Bailea (6), Harlan (4)

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