In this edition of Staff Features, we catch up with one of our most dedicated and virtuous team members!
Read on to gain an insider’s perspective and fascinating insight into the life of a true
Sun Country Superstar!
Name: Brent Bedford
Position: Ninja Head Coach, Swim Instructor, Camp/Afterschool Head Counselor
Tenure: 4 Years
What three traits define you?
Honest / Loyal / Hard-working.
What is your personal philosophy?
Never give up and always push to achieve your goals.
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Air! And I suppose water is important too.
What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
Serving in the military.
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
What is your greatest fear?
SNAKES – anything with no legs and that fast should not be a thing.
Where is your favorite place to be?
On the water!
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
It’s a toss up between Jamaica and Thailand, both are very beautiful.
What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I used to work at a small family movie store when I was in high school where all we did was restock movies and wrap videos all day.
What does true leadership mean to you?
Lead by example….. Understand where one might struggle and help them overcome that obstacle. Always be there for those who look up to you.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Ben And Jerry’s taste tester!
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Pursue your dreams – goals are always attainable if you try.
Tell me how you first got involved with Sun Country.
My sister in-law had been working at Sun Country for a long time, so when I moved to Gainesville I thought it would be fun to work here. Especially since coaching is my dream job!
What is your earliest memory at Sun Country?
Helping start a fantastic program known as Ninja Zone.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have four brothers – three older, one younger.
What has surprised you most about working with children?
Their filters (or lack thereof!), but also their resilience and survival instincts.
Did anyone influence your decision to work in Sports?
Whoever it is that invented sports I guess!
If you could change one thing about Ninja teaching, what would it be?
The thing about ninja is that there is no one way to teach. Everyone thrives in different ways which is great, because kids learn in different ways as well.
What do you wish other people knew about Ninjas?
That its hard work but will help you with most things you will do in life. The harder you work to achieve something the more you will learn and get from the experience.
What would you tell someone who is considering joining or working in a Ninja program?
Be ready to work, nothing comes easy. The more committed you are, the easier the road ahead.
What is it like to be the head of a Ninja program?
I love it! I appreciate this program and what it allows kids to do – to be themselves, use their endless imagination and thrive under controlled chaos. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
What do you think about the evolution of Ninja over the next five years?
I believe the sport is going to continue growing, but we have to be open and willing to accept change while learning to grow with it. Nothing is going to be given to us, we are going to have to work for it. Like I mentioned before, Ninja allows us to have limitless imagination, so this program has the ability to grow as far as our imagination will take it.
A big thank you to Coach Brent for taking the time to answer our questions! If you ever happen to see him around the gym, feel free to share a smile and say hello! We hope to see you back again next month as we continue learning more about our hard-working Sun Country Staff!