LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Growing up in a family of athletes can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it creates competition and breeds greatness. But, it also puts immense pressure on you to live up to the family name.
Not only is Quincy Bonds competing against other athletes throughout the Las Vegas valley, she's also trying to break state records that were set by her own sisters at Centennial High School.
But she says she wouldn't want it any other way.
Bonds has a skill you simply can't coach.
"My speed, I’m very quick," said Bonds with a smile.
It's Bonds' speed that's helped her win state championships on the track and made her a goal-scoring machine for the Centennial High School soccer team.
"I wouldn’t say I’m better at one than the other. I have different strengths in both, but I can compete in both," said Bonds.
Quincy Bonds comes from a fast family.
"My mom ran track in high school and my dad played basketball. It’s in my genetics. My siblings are fast. I’m fast. It just kind of goes with the Bonds name, I guess," said Bonds.
She says growing up with record-setting sisters adds a lot of pressure.
"We are very competitive. Since day one, I’ve tried to beat my older sisters' records. It’s very difficult because they’ve set the standards so high. Now, it’s just like a game of catch-up trying to break those records, trying to do as well as they can, trying to meet the expectations of our family. So, it’s a lot," Bonds admitted.
But she also credits her family for bringing out the best in her.
"Lots and lots of work with my mom and my siblings. We would come out here, actually, and when the goals were up we would just play one-on-one, do foot skills, stuff like that, just working on the fundamentals of soccer," said Bonds.
Bonds knows her talent will only take her so far which is why she works so hard on the field -- and in the classroom.
"I like science. I'm not very good at math, but my test scores will tell you otherwise. I have a weighted 4.3 GPA right now," said Bonds.
Bonds knows she can count on her support system to be by her side.
"We are a very supportive family, that’s for sure. We are the family with, my brother-in-law has the vuvuzela at the games, my sister paints her face. We will travel across the country to see each other. That’s just how we are with each other," she said.
Now, it's Bonds' turn to leave her own legacy with the teammates she's grown so tight with.
"We are super close, super tight. We are a well bonded team and we’re looking at the state title," said Bonds. "I think as long as we stick together as a team and put up results like we want to, I think we'll be happy in the end," she added.
Quincy Bonds committed to the University of Arizona as a sophomore, accepting a scholarship to play soccer and run track for the Wildcats. But, she has even bigger dreams of playing pro soccer someday. Like her favorite soccer player, Alex Morgan, Bonds is hoping to one day play for the U.S. women's national team.