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10 Questions with Adam Teel, Malibu High School boys water polo

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10 Questions with Adam Teel, Malibu High School boys water polo
9:54 am PDT August 10, 2017

Adam Teel, 18, is a 2017 Malibu High School graduate who played water polo.

What about water polo drew you in?

I was on the swim team during middle school and I would always watch the polo practice. So, I thought I may as well join. I ended up loving it. The bonds I made and the intensity of the sport really drew me in.

Does any one moment from last season stand out?

Yes. All of my senior class boys were so excited because we made it to the CIF, but then we lost right away.

Who were your role models growing up?

The main two were [cyclist] Lance Armstrong and [racecar driver] Mario Andretti. I grew up watching the Tour de France and plenty of Indy car races.

What did you like about going to school in Malibu?

How I’m so close to the beach and so fortunate to be able to walk across PCH and hop in the ocean after school.

Mountain biking is a hobby of yours and you even tried to start a team at Malibu High. Why did you think it should be made a school sport?

I’ve grown up in California my whole life and realized if we have all these amazing trails within minutes of driving or riding, we should totally take advantage of them. Plus, mountain biking is such a fun sport.

Why didn’t it work out?

There was a safety issue and it would have been a lot of work to get past it. Or at least that’s what the past principal had said. 

Where in the world would you most like to travel?

Thailand or Indonesia. Thailand looks beautiful and I’d want to go to Indonesia for the perfect waves and amazing forests.

What is the most important quality to have as a water polo player?

Teamwork and good communication. Without them, you can’t efficiently do anything as a team. 

What is your dream job?

To own my own retail business.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My mom passed away when I was a young kid. I always hear stories about her smiling through everything, even her hospital visits. So, although I wasn’t directly told, I think the best advice is to always keep a positive mentality.

Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn