TAMC medic’s dedication to soccer pays off; will play in Brazil

| June 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Ashleah Dingle, Co. C, TAMC, drives past an opponent while playing for the 2009 All Armed Forces Soccer Team. (Courtesy Photo)

Spc. Ashleah Dingle, Co. C, TAMC, drives past an opponent while playing for the 2009 All Armed Forces Soccer Team. (Courtesy Photo)

Nicholas Spinelli
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — For nearly 17 years, Spc. Ashleah Dingle, a medic assigned to Company C, Tripler Army Medical Center, has loved the game of soccer.

She played as a child. She played through school. She played in leagues. Now, she plays for the U.S. Armed Forces Soccer Team.

Dingle played her first season with the team in 2009, joining shortly after completing her military training and arriving at her first unit.

“(My dad) mentioned to me that I could continue playing soccer in the military competitively,” she said.

According to Dingle, the team has a lot of similarities to league play, but works on a much higher skill level.

“There are a series of tryouts, training, games and a tournament once a year. We play against some of the best players (from their militaries) around the world,” she explained.

As a result, Dingle trains hard, combining her regular physical training regimen with a soccer-focused workout routine.

“My unit has regular PT in the mornings, so I try pushing myself to the max when I do PT with them,” Dingle said. “After work, I work out on my own, alternating days of sprints, shuttle runs, middle distance, long distance and CrossFit. After those workouts, I do ball skills/workouts that range from dribbling to shooting.”

Dingle believes the training, as well as playing for the team, makes her a better player and Soldier.

“They are both quite similar. You have to be mentally, physically and emotionally fit to accomplish a mission,” she said.

After the 2009 season, Dingle wanted to try out for the 2010 team. However, her duty to her unit came first, and she joined it on a one-year deployment to Al Asad, Iraq. She tried to find a way to do both, but even with the assistance of her unit, it didn’t work out.

With her deployment complete and a more predictable work schedule, Dingle was able to apply, tryout and make the 2011 team.

Next month, she will join her teammates at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., for a week of intensive training. Then, they head to Rio De Janerio for the Conseil International DuSport Militaire, or CISM, Military World Games, July 13-25. The team will play against teams from Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, France, South Korea and North Korea.

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