In this edition of Staff Features, we catch up with one of our new NinjaZone Department Leader!
Read on to gain an insider’s perspective and fascinating insight into the life of a true
Sun Country Superstar!
Name: Will Debley
Tenure: <1 year
1. What is your personal philosophy?
My personal philosophy is to make at least one person’s day better, every day. Whether it was having a subject thank me after I arrested him when I was a cop, or making a sad kid smile. It really doesn’t take much effort.
2. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
The greatest challenge I have had to overcome thus far has to be my knee injuries. I have had 4 so far. The first one when I was 15 years old. Martial Arts has been a huge factor in my life since I was very young. Having to adapt to limitations with my knees has been a struggle.
3. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
The best place I have traveled is, Okinawa, Japan. Being involved in many styles of Martial Arts, Okinawa was a dream place to be. The culture and the history were always of interest to me.
4. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
The weirdest job I have ever had was being a zookeeper. I spent 3 years working at a private zoo in Alabama. I was tasked with the care of Lions, tigers and wolves. I have a scar on my finger from when a lion cub was suckling on it, thinking it was a bottle.
5. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Someone may be surprised to know that I spent many years performing an Elvis Presley tribute all over the United States and in Canada.
6. What has surprised you most about working with children?
The thing that has surprised me the most about working with children is how good it feels to make kids feel good about themselves. The littlest corrections or improvements can mean the world the kids and the coaches.
7. Did anyone influence your decision to work in youth sports?
Three people influenced me to want to work with in youth sports. The first ones would have to be by Kung Fu Sifu, Troy Williams and His Sifu, Deric Mims. Their passion was contagious. The third person would be Kelli Hill. I worked for her for 13 years. I watched her take numerous kids to the Olympics. The passion she has for the sport is amazing.
8. What would you tell someone who is considering joining/working in youth sports?
I would tell anyone who is considering working in youth sports to be ready to come out of your shell. Be excited, be outgoing and bring your smile. Any challenges you come across are going to be far less than the rewarding life you will have.
9. What do you wish other people knew about gymnastics?
I wish that everyone knew just how difficult gymnastics really is. Pound for pound, not athlete is stronger or more mentally tough.
10. What do you enjoy most as a gymnastics coach?
The thing I enjoy most about being a gymnastics/ Ninja Zone coach is watching the kids grow and achieve new things. It is more rewarding than I can put in to words.
11. What is on your bucket list?
On my bucket list I have a few things left. I want to cage dive with Great White Sharks, visit China, Southeast Asia and Egypt, Visit my families historical Manor in England and get my pilot’s License.
12. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
My favorite Superhero is Superman, also known as Kal-el and Clark Kent. His super power, to me, is his faith in the good in people. He strives for being the best person he can be, even when facing massive odd’s.
13. If you could share a meal with anyone in all of history, who would it be?
If I could share a meal with anyone in history, it would have to be Elvis Presley. There is so much more to the man than just his music.
14. What is the first concert you attended?
The first real concert I attended was Meatloaf. One of my favorite songs is “I Would Do Anything for Love”.
15. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
I think if Hollywood made a movie about my life, Hugh Jackman would be perfect for the part.
16. What is your guilty pleasure book, movie or TV show?
My guilty pleasure television show is called “Mountain Monsters”. It’s about a group of folks from West Virginia who try to find bigfoot and other creatures.