Eva Dooks is a natural leader when it comes to volleyball.

The Grade 12 student at W.H. Croxford High School has spent the last seven years serving, spiking and blocking on the court.

Now, she hopes to make it on Team Canada.

“I have really big goals and I am really driven by them,” says Dooks.

“When I am playing, I imagine that I’m playing the most important game of my life. I want to do whatever it takes and encourage everyone else. Volleyball is a big part of my life and I want to continue to be involved in the volleyball community after I finish playing.”

Dooks plays for the Junior Dinos and has committed to the University of Brandon to pursue her volleyball career and degree in biology, with hopes to also become a physical therapist.

Dooks has also helped coach U10 and under volleyball, along with anyone else interested in the sport with the help of a backyard net.

Nominator and coach Jared Fuller remembers Dooks spending her lunches serving volleyballs against the wall.

“Eva is a shining example of an individual who embodies the qualities of an amazing athlete — dedication, hard work and leadership,” says Fuller.

“She approaches each practice, game and training session with an unwavering commitment to improvement. Her relentless pursuit of personal and team success is truly inspiring.”