Woodward’s Kylee Swindle – Character Counts Presented by Great Plains Bank

By Derrick Smith

A character athlete should be one that stands out among their peers and impacts people around them. Kylee Swindle says that their attributes should be easy to spot.

“They are committed, hard working and disciplined,” she said. “They also need to be confident in their skills and abilities. A character athlete also needs to have good sportsmanship and always be supportive of their teammates.”

Swindle attends Woodward High School, where she is a junior. She is a member of both the track and cheer teams. She throws the shot put and discus for the track team, two things she began doing in the seventh grade. Last season went well for Kylee and she hopes to carry that on to this upcoming season.

“I made lots of improvement last season,” she said. “I beat my person record in shot and made a big improvement on my technique and form in discus.”

Kylee’s older sister, Kelsey, introduced her to both sports that she is involved in.

“Kelsey is the I reason started throwing to begin with and decided to join cheer this year,” she said. “She threw shot and disc in high school and also cheered. She currently throws weight throw, hammer, and javelin while also being apart of the cheer team at college.”

The key to being successful in sports is something that Kylee knows and tries to do each day.

“It takes a lot of practice at school and on my own,” she said. “I also try not to let myself get discouraged from my failures, but instead learn from the and find success.”

One of Kylee’s lower elementary school teachers made a big impression on her, so much so that her impact is still felt to this day.

“My first grade teacher, Mrs. Smith is my favorite teacher,” she said. “She taught me the importance of reading and I left her class wanting to learn more. I still enjoy reading and it is one of my favorite things to do.”

Swindle also plays alto saxophone for the Woodward Boomer Band.