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Park Profile: Anna Brannare

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As far as playing on a male dominated hockey team, I try to use my voice as much as possible.

— Anna Brannare

When attending a game of hockey, most wouldn’t expect to see a five-foot-one-inch, bubbly blonde girl dominating the ice. That’s the case for junior hockey and soccer player, Anna Brannare. Brannare has made it her mission and life motto to perfectly balance her social, sports, and academic pursuits here at Wheeling Park High School.

While Brannare may make balancing her busy life look easier than it seems, nothing can ever be achieved alone. Brannare is grateful for her loving support system and says that her parents specifically “show me how to work hard and do what I love every day. They also make me feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.” 

Not only did Anna grow up with a positive support system, her father also is the one who helped spark the fire for one of her growing passions in life. 

“My dad came over from Sweden to play division 1 hockey, so he taught me how to play and everything I know.” 

From playing hockey on an all girl’s travel team, to dominating the ice on Wheeling Park’s mostly male team, Brannare’s in and out of school career in hockey does not fail to impress. 

“My freshmen year I decided to focus on my two travel teams so I did not play for Park. My sophomore year was my first year playing here and it was a frustrating year. It definitely had its ups and downs,” said Brannare. 

No matter the circumstances, good bad or anywhere in between, Anna always makes it apparent to not only be a hardworking team player, but a great friend as well. 

Wheeling Park Hockey team captain, Luke Dunaway, said, “Anna has made me a better teammate by always staying positive. She encourages not just me but everyone every practice and game.”

When introduced to the idea of being a female athlete playing in a male-dominated sport, most would likely become apprehensive or even slightly discouraged, but that is nowhere near the case for Brannare.

“It can be frustrating sometimes playing with other girls and not playing as I wish I could with the boys,” said Brannare.  

Even though most things seem almost effortless for Brannare, such as being able to keep up

When not playing hockey, soccer, or achieving her academic goals, “Whenever I have free time I try to rest as much as I possibly can. I also love to hang out with friends,” said Brannare.

I love being around Anna because she makes me laugh, feel seen, and reminds me to only worry about the things I can control.

— Kaitlin Ortiz


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    Becky RodockerJan 13, 2024 at 10:02 am

    Anna…..this busy girl still finds time to give back to her community volunteering at The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling! Good Luck in everything you do Anna!

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