Updated: Oct 18, 2021
As a huge fan of Kobe Bryant, the mamba mentality of learning and growing has been instilled greatly in Bea De Leon. So much so, that it actually helped her to become an effective team captain for the Ateneo Lady Eagles, as well as, led her to become the leader she is today.
Comparing herself from when she was a freshman to her now, graduated, self, Bea can tell that she has learned and gained a lot of maturity and leadership skills brought about by the whole Ateneo community during her stay at the University.
“Ateneo teaches you in a certain way and led me to a certain path that I, at least, loved to be in, pretty much giving the best every day, trying to be better for everybody else,” she said in the 14th Episode of The Hang Time Podcast.
“I don’t take pressure as a bad thing, always feeling that I had to learn, and there are a lot of people who do better than I am,” she added.
During her UAAP seasons, the former Ateneo Lady Eagle Team Captain also got to experience being handled by two of the greatest coaches in Philippine volleyball, Coach Tai Bundit and Coach Oliver Almadro; these opportunities impacted her greatly as well.
Coach Tai’s “heart strong” mantra that was known by the whole UAAP community has been engraved on her because of its simplicity, and yet, that mantra is still very much appropriate both physically and morally.
In addition, during this time, Coach Oliver showed her just how much work you had to put in to be disciplined and creative both on and off the court.
“It’s taking all the things you’ve learned, putting them all in one basket, and choosing what’s appropriate depending on the situation,” she said regarding the biggest lesson she learned as a player.
“The more you get to learn, the more you gather into your basket, the more equipped you will be,” she added.
As a leader, even though Bea admitted that there were struggles, she made sure that it’s not just about being the best, but rather, that she has the ability to take the last person on the team from the back up to the front to join her.
She also ensures that the entire team is on the same mindset as to keep them from faltering even during tough situations; she does this by approaching every member of the team differently and effectively.
Truly, Bea De Leon possesses the mamba mentality mindset entirely, both in learning and growing as a person. Currently, she’s still under the roster of the Choco Mucho Flying Titans, working out and training at home, virtually bonding with her teammates, and even started a hosting stint in a Facebook Live show, the “Heavenly Huddle Show.”
Listen to the entire interview of Bea De Leon (Episode 4 of The Hang Time Podcast) with one of the links below. Thank you and enjoy!
This piece was written by Carla Molina, a common contributor for Globally Ballin check out the link below to see all the articles by Carla Molina that revisit past episodes of the network in bring the story of the guests to article form as well.