Outback Steakhouse Sports Spotlight: Chelsea Deptula

Chelsea Deptula
Chelsea Deptula
Chelsea's Brother Peter, Center
Chelsea's Brother Peter, Center

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - Like father, like daughter. That's the best way to describe Rainbow Wahine soccer standout, Chelsea Deptula.

Her father, Peter is a former UH football player, and if Chelsea had it her way, she'd follow in his footsteps.

"I'd play football, but my parents wouldn't let me. I love the physicality of it, I love taking a hit, giving a hit."

It's that type of attitude that makes Chelsea one of the team's best defenders, but to understand where her physical toughness comes from, you have to go back to her childhood.

Growing up, Chelsea learned the game of soccer with her older brother, Peter, a former track and cross country runner at Cal Berkeley.

"It was always competitive between me and him and sometimes I would be beating him and he'd get mad and frustrated and kinda take it out on me and make it personal and at the end of the day, I'd be crying, so I don't know it kinda toughened me up playing against him."

But for a self-proclaimed tough girl, you'd be surprised at the type of music she listens to before a game.

"I listen to opera before a game, not many people know that, I don't even think my parents know that, but operas a good way for me to focus."

Now when she's not on the soccer field, you can find Chelsea perfecting her surfing skills at the beach.

"My dad taught me how to surf when I was 12 and I just picked it up, I loved it, I love the water."

Always looking for a new challenge, Chelsea has recently taken up tennis. As for her favorite subject in school, well, that's a different story.

"I really don't enjoy reading and I don't enjoy writing, so narrow it down and yeah, I like tennis"

Spoken like a true athlete.