Notes From Outgames: The Soccer Player

By Ross Forman

Originally published on Advocate.com July 29 2009 12:00 AM ET

Heather Harrison, 36, played volleyball throughout her career at York University in Toronto, but now it's soccer in the local all-women's lesbian and lesbian-friendly league of about 220 people.

And it's soccer at Outgames too.

"It's been awesome, getting to play on a team with players from Russia and elsewhere around the world," said Harrison, the coordinator for health and fitness at Pickering University. "It's been very interesting just trying to communicate with my teammates

Advocate.com: What goes through your mind when you aren't involved in the action?Heather Harrison: I really get into the zone. If anything, I'm beating myself up for something I did in the past."

What do you eat at halftime of a game?I stop eating 90 minutes before a game. Maybe, if I'm dying during the first half, I will have something with caffeine.

What's your pre-game music-of-choice?Anything from the '80s.

Do you do a lot of trash-talking during games?Back home, yes, but really only if the other player is good. I think it helps my game.

What's more difficult, soccer or volleyball?Volleyball, hands down. It's such a technical sport. Each person on the team has to do the right thing for everyone to succeed. I really love volleyball."

What did you take from your volleyball past onto the soccer field?The fact that it is a team sport, and that you have to realize that.

Sporting superstitions? You cannot wear indoor volleyball shoes outdoors. If you do, it will get them dirty and ruin your game. Also, when warming up for a volleyball match, you cannot run on the court during warm-ups, just on the edges.

Team play?I love team sports. I really appreciate the fact that you can be the best player on a team, but you need that whole team to be a success.

Read our Outgames interviews with The Volleyballer and The Runner .