Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, LibertyFlames.com continues its player spotlight series with this week's focus on Bethany Barr.
Barr is a junior midfielder and twin sister of Serena Barr and younger sister of Natalie Barr. Bethany accounted for 23 points this season, ranking fifth on the team. For the season, Barr finished with a career-best eight goals. Barr added seven assists along with her points total.
For her career, Bethany ranks fifth in program history in goals with 20, third in assists with 23 and fifth in points with 63.
Who introduced you to field hockey? Barr: My older sister Natalie introduced me to field hockey. She would come home from training and bring me and my twin sister Serena out the back yard and teach us all that she learned. We would all play together as much as we could and our garage door always served as the goal and now it shows the signs of it!!
Tell me about your family. What do your parents, or guardians, do? How many brothers or sisters do you have and what do they do? Barr: My dad is a doctor and works in a family practice, while my mom works with a charity set up by my older sister Charlene before she passed away in 2010 called Charlene's project. I have one older brother, David who is a teacher back home in Ireland and an older sister Rebecca back at home training to be a midwife. I had another older sister Charlene who passed away in 2010 from cystic fibrosis while waiting for a double lung transplant. While Charlene was waiting for the transplant she set up Charlene's project and decided to use her time raising money to build a school in Uganda where we went as a family in 2008. My two other sisters are Natalie and Serena who are here at Liberty with me. We have always enjoyed going to school together and being able to play alongside each other and now that Natalie is a senior it will be a strange transition for Serena and I because we will miss her on the field.
If you weren't playing field hockey which sport would you enjoy playing? Barr: I would enjoy playing soccer and badminton. When I was in high school I was on the badminton team and always enjoyed going to the tournaments.
Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty. Barr: My older sister Natalie came here the year before Serena and me. We came out to visit in the fall and watch some of the games and to look at Liberty. I was very much a home bird back then and couldn't imagine leaving home to go to college in another country but there was something about Liberty and the team that made me want to come and be a part of it. I also loved the idea of us three girls getting to play together again on the same team and I loved that Liberty was a place where I could grow spiritually. After praying about it and giving it a lot of thought I committed, along with my twin sister, later on that year.
If you could get away from field hockey for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing? Barr: I would enjoy hiking and traveling to see new places. I love seeing different parts of God's creation and there are many places on my bucket list that I would love to visit.
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that? Barr: I am studying Environmental Biology and Geography and I love learning about how the earth works and how to be better stewards of the earth around us.
Who were your heroes growing up, and who did you emulate in the backyard or playground? Barr: My hero growing up was Jamie Carragher, a defender for Liverpool. I always wanted to emulate him as he was a hard worker and he was very passionate about his sport and his club which gave me a lot of respect for him.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Does your family have any fun traditions for the holidays? Barr: At home we do not have thanksgiving so I have always enjoyed having that extra holiday when I am here to get the time off school and relax a little! This thanksgiving for the first half I spent the time in Lancaster with Erin Dombach and I enjoyed some time seeing Lancaster. I am now heading up to New Jersey to spend the remainder of my time off with Monica Hernick and my two sisters Natalie and Serena. I always am appreciative of this time to reflect and be thankful for all that God has blessed us with.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Barr: If I could be any animal I would be a bird because then I would be able to fly and I would get to see the world from above and see all of God's creation from a birds-eye view.
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