Meet Badger freshman Taylor-Paige Stewart! She is from Calabasas, Calif., and attended Chaminade College Prep High School. The righty batter was a four-year letterwinner was named second-team All-Mission League Division III, and also achieved Academic Honors all four years. She earned the Coach's Award sophomore year, earned the Toshiba/BSTA Exporavision Award freshman year and was also named Female Freshman Athlete of the Year.
Stewart received the Student Athlete Award her senior year and graduated as a National Honor Society member.
Her head coach was Gina Hairepatian. She was also a letterwinner in soccer, and volunteered as a math tutor. Taylor also played for the New Zealand National Softball team and participated in the Softball World Championships in 2012.
Her parents are Joe and Rosemary Stewart. She has a younger brother, Dylan. Some of her hobbies include, watching movies, going to the beach, traveling, scrap-booking and spending time with family and friends. Her major is currently undecided.
We took some time for a little Q&A with Taylor:
Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My parents signed me up when I was about six, right after one of my soccer practices and I got hooked. My mom had played softball growing up, and my dad played baseball up until college too.
Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: I started playing at the age of six, right when I was starting first grade.
Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
A: I was a multi-sport athlete most of my life. I played soccer until my senior year at high school. So, if I hadn't chose softball, I would have continued to pursue soccer.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: CIA Secret Agent
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Hunger Games
Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: Leah O'Brian-Amico / New Zealand All Blacks (Rugby Team)
Q: Describe your dream vacation
A: A trip to Europe and seeing a bunch of countries like Italy, Greece, France etc.
Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A: My favorite memory from softball was when I first found out I was going to be representing New Zealand in the World Series playing for their women's national team. I was able to travel to Canada, and got to start against the U.S Women's National team as a senior in high school, facing some of my softball idols I had watched on T.V.
Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A: A ritual I have is that I visualize the game where I think I played the best I ever have, so that I'm confident going into the game. I also like listening to rap and R&B before games because it gets me pumped up and ready.
Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: The best part of playing softball at Wisconsin is the amazing athletic atmosphere I get to be a part of. I have an incredible group of girls that I call my team, and I get to learn from coaches who really know so much about the game and how it's played.
Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: My favorite spot on campus definitely has to be where we get to study in Camp Randall. Looking out to the football field every night while doing homework, reminds me of how lucky I am to be there. I get to meet a bunch of other amazing athletes and to know we're all here representing the same school is a great feeling.
Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: I'm a sucker for anything chocolate or coffee flavored, it's definitely my weakness.
Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: I don't watch much TV, but I'd have to say Friends.
Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: A knife, a life raft and some type of firework.