When Anna Motes graduates from Augusta Christian this spring, she will leave more than just a dizzying array of athletic achievement in her wake.
She has left her mark on the basketball court, topping 1,000 points and holding the record for steals while being a four-time All-Region and three-time All-State player in the South Carolina Independent School Association. In track, she enters her final season as the two-time defending state champion in the triple jump and the long jump.
Ask her about the legacy she will leave behind and accomplishments don’t rate even a quick mention. She would rather be remembered as someone who worked hard and did her best at everything she did.
“A lot of times it’s easy to do things for ourselves,” Motes said. “We want our name to last but it really won’t. I just want to inspire other people that are younger than me to try to give it their best for God’s glory and not their own.”
Head track coach Charles Cooper has been impressed with his track star even before she was a freshman at the school.
“She’s been the model of consistency, really from her eighth-grade year with work ethic, dedication and commitment,” said Cooper. “Earlier this year we established as a program some core values of a Lion athlete and she has them all. It’s amazing what she has and that’s male or female.”
She’s had the similar effect on Lady Lions basketball coach Nick Isaac.
“Anna is by far the hardest working, most competitive and determined athlete I have ever had the privilege of coaching,” said Isaac.
Her fierce competiveness could be a product of nature or nurture.
“Part of me wants to say I’m born with it, but I think part of it is coming from a really competitive family,” Motes said. “Both my mom and dad played sports in college. I have two older brothers who are insanely competitive, so I guess I got that growing up with them.”
She would would like to win more state titles in track before she leaves and doesn’t feel the pressure of others trying to topple her.
“I’m sure people would like to beat me,” she said. “I really try not to focus on other people, just focus on what I need to do and beat my personal best. A lot of times you see somebody else’s mark and you want to beat them, but for me I want to get the best that I can, get a PR (personal record).”
Motes’ post-high school plans aren’t solidified yet but she has a clear picture of what she would like to have happen, including acceptance to run track at West Point and a career in the medical field.
“I wasn’t considering it at first, but this summer I got a letter from them (West Point) and Coach Walton our football coach kind of told me to continue to pursue it and find out more about the school,” Motes said. “I went on a visit there in late October this year and I really did like it. I just feel like with me desiring to go into medicine, that would be a good route to go.”
Motes has had an up-close look at the importance of medicine after going on a group spring break trip to Haiti a year ago with the school’s bible teacher William Adams. She plans to go on that same trip again this year.
“We had a vacation bible school which we would go and teach kids bible songs and then we held a medical clinic and an eye clinic,” said Motes. “We had a woman, Tracie Sponseller doctor of Eye Care One did that. That’s the main thing I did. I helped with the eye stuff and then we had a PA (physicians’ assistant) go and we’d basically give out medicine for that. Just like playing with the children and stuff there. That’s the big thing–just loving on them is something I really enjoy.”