SBOTD Presents: Makenzi Wassenaar, BDB Writer
SBOTD Presents: Makenzi Wassenaar, BDB Writer, @makwass on Twitter
So you want to know about ME?! The crazy, extreme sports enthusiast herself? Well, here you go: My name is Makenzi and I am one hundred percent obsessed with motocross racing. I am a southern belle, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. My first word was probably “y’all” and my first pair of shoes, red cowboy boots. If I am not in school or in the library you can find me railing ruts and bringing in the slowest lap times at your nearest motocross track. I love traveling and seeing new things and will take you up on just about any dare you throw at me. I am that girl that will point at a couple and make up an awesome story about how they met. And when it comes to values, I put my relationship with Christ and what that means first in all I do. Motocross isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle… a lifestyle that will have you hooked!
23 Questions with Makenzi Wassenaar:
(1.) In three words, how would your friends describe you?
Real, motivated and extreme
(2.) Who are your favourite athletes or sports teams to watch?
Being born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I love my Dallas Mavericks, NOT a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and love watching my favorite Supercross boys, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and Trey Canard. My favorite women’s motocross athletes… any woman who has the courage to rise up in a male dominated sport and compete with a strong, grounded heart.
(3.) Peanut butter: crunchy or smooth?
Neither! I’m actually allergic to peanuts and soy!
(4.) I love SBOTD but I pay my bills by:
Well, I am a full time student at the University of North Texas studying business marketing and advertising. I nanny three wonderful little boys three days a week. I also work at Cycle Center of Denton. And I am the CEO/Team Manager for Team Motocross Ladies (www.motocrossladies.com).
(5.) What’s in your DVD collection and/or what’s your favorite book?
So, I most definitely have an interesting movie/book collection. I love the Downton Abbey television show, movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Les Mis, Fireproof, Lion King, Iron Man, any James Bond movie and so much more. As you can see, I like a wide variety of movies. When it comes to books, it’s the same story. I love the Racing to Love series by Amy Gregory, The Barnabas Factor, Moto’s Cross by Larry Beardsley and so many others.
(6.) Growing up, did you have a role model or someone who inspired you to be who you are?
I had quite an interesting childhood that consisted of up and down roller-coasters distinguished by the health of my mother. For 12 years, my mother battled breast cancer. During that time my family was pushed into situations most people never dream of and was forced to overcome trials that have been known to shake a family till it crumbles. My mother has always been my biggest inspiration. Even after her death, her legacy has lived on. She taught me how to lean upon the Cross in all things and to be a light in people’s lives. She taught me how to overcome life’s biggest struggles by understanding you are only human. And today, she inspires me to be the best I can be.
(7.) Who would you bring back from the dead and what would you say to them?
Honestly, there isn’t a person I would want to bring back from the dead. Each person has lived a life and has left a legacy. It is our job to recognize that and learn from them.
(8.) What song do you sing at karaoke – or would you sing if you had to?
Weeeeeeeee are the champions…. My friends….
(9.) If you won a million dollars in a lottery, what would you do with it?
I would first and foremost pay off my college debt and then invest in the women’s motocross industry strongly enough to positively impact it immediately.
(10.) If you could interview any athlete, who would it be and why?
I would be happy to interview just about any athlete. A ton of big time athletes get a lot of the limelight when in reality, everyone has a story.
(11.) If you could be a fly on the wall in any sports team locker room, which one would it be and why?
Most definitely in the trailer of Ryan Dungey. Oh man. What a sight that would be. I would no longer be a fly on the wall… I would be a fly passed out on the floor. Sorry Lindsay. Your honey is a BABE!
(12.) Is there a motto, saying or core truth you try to live by?
This quote says it all: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
(13.) Are you single, dating, or locked down? What do you notice first about the opposite sex?
Well, I am single. Dating here and there. And locked down at the same time. I am 100% dedicated to my education right now along with the promotion of women’s motocross racing and my company, Motocross Ladies. I know God has a perfect plan and it will all play out when it’s time. So till then, I plan on staying motivated to accomplish my dreams and wait for my man to step into my life at the perfect time. There is something special about a man with a cute smile, built chest and a loving, Christ-filled heart. Those three things will knock me out any day.
(14.) What’s your idea of the perfect date?
Perfect date, huh? Well, I would be perfectly happy going to the nearest motorcycle dealership and checking out the newest and fastest bikes on the floor for hours! I also wouldn’t mind going to the lake to boat around, head to the motocross track and put some laps in or even just stay home and cuddle. Hopeless romantic, right?
(15.) What has been your proudest accomplishment to date and what are your goals for the future?
My proudest accomplishment would probably be the founding of Motocross Ladies and the positive impact it has made on the women’s motocross industry. That and probably establishing our very first, all-lady, race team for 2013.
(16.) Name something you do when you’re alone that you wouldn’t do in front of others.
I hate clothes. Absolutely hate them. So if I am by myself, you can expect that I will not have anything on.
(17.) What are your three biggest pet peeves?
I absolutely cannot stand hearing people eat. You are taught to keep your mouth shut while you eat for a reason! It also bothers me when people say they are going to do something and don’t. And lastly, I cannot stand feet!
(18.) If you had a round trip ticket to any destination in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to go back to Ghana, West Africa. I went there my junior year of high school for a medical mission trip and fell in love with the people, culture and beautiful country. I would love to go back and see the great friends I met and to surf the coast! The waves are always pretty gnarly.
(19.) What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self? I would tell myself to first and foremost take care of myself. That my relationship with Christ is most important and with that comes the security in knowing everything else is taken care of.
(20.) What’s your most memorable moment as a sports fan? My most memorable moment as a sports fan was the very first time I interviewed a professional women’s motocross racer and how nervous I was that I was asking all the wrong questions. Between my nervousness and the face I was trying to keep calm and not act like a crazed fan, I don’t think I will ever forget it.
(21.) What are your guilty pleasures? Four words: Cream cheese crab wontons.
(22.) Name five items you couldn’t live without. My dirt bike, my cell phone, my Bible, my laptop and my cozy little house.
(23) What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered as that girl who transformed the women’s motocross industry.