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Callie Simpkins & Erin Koballa
Koballa, Simpkins Have New Experience at Eurosport
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/14/2013
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Hello Blue Devil fans,

I know many of you soccer fanatics have heard of Eurosport magazine, but for those of you who are unaware of Eurosport or, it is the soccer player’s dream.  A magazine and website dedicated solely to soccer apparel, gear, equipment, t-shirts; you name it, and they have it.  I know most of us have been subscribers since we started playing the sport.  Eurosport was my go to magazine as a young soccer player.

Callie Simpkins and I, after having exhausted our collegiate eligibility, were given the amazing opportunity to participate in a photo shoot for the magazine earlier this month.  Former DWSer and Eurosport model, Chelsea Canepa was moving from the area and had recommended us to take her place in the upcoming shoot for the spring.  Of course, we jumped at the opportunity.

The busy daylong shoot was a new experience for the both of us.  Neither of us has participated in any sort of modeling or any other related activities (except, for Callie’s brief acting career as a kid on the television series Endurance, which is definitely a must-see on YouTube).  Callie, I and two other models were told to put on different combinations of athletic outfits.  There was so much cool training gear!  (I left the shoot with a very long wish list.)  We changed in individual tent-like changing rooms, checked with the staff to make sure everything looked okay, and were ready to start shooting!

The directors were extremely knowledgeable and helpful in telling us how to position ourselves and how to move in a way that best showed the apparel.  It was a little nerve-racking at first, but after the first couple of shots, we started to get the hang of it!  We were able to take some group shots with the other models and we even had some pictures where we were juggling with the ball.  It was a bit of organized chaos having to constantly change, take pictures, change, pose, and so on, but the pictures turned out amazing.  I had never been in a studio where there were bright lights and white screens everywhere.  At first it was a little intimidating, but all those effects really make the final shots look great.

After our lunch break consisting of Subway sandwiches and chocolate-chip cookies (yum), Callie and I were asked to demonstrate various training exercises for a new series of online fitness videos that Eurosport is launching this spring.  We worked with a local trainer who explained the exercises to the camera while we demonstrated the action.  Even though our eligibility is up, it is good to know our athletic abilities are coming in handy for something!  Some of the exercises were tiring; especially after having to do them consistently and over multiple takes.

All-in-all, I would consider this an unforgettable experience and something we both hope to continue in the future.  It is opportunities like these that make me appreciate my time here at Duke and all that it has to offer.  Deciding to participate in the shoot would not have been possible if it weren’t for the incredible people I have met and the life lessons discovered here.  I learned its good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then.  Sometimes it pays off: you meet new people, experience new things and discover new talents!

Anyways on a less sentimental note, as the New Year rolls around, keep an eye out for Callie and I in the next issue of Eurosport.  Until the next time, GO DUKE!

Erin Koballa