Porum’s Mallory Barrett – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Cross

Written by Travis Sloat

Mallory Barrett will not waste any time making sure you know she wants to be the best in every aspect of her life. 

“I’m a very competitive person, no matter what I’m doing I always want to win,” Barrett said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a math test or a game, I want to be the top dog. I also love making people proud of me. One of the proudest moments you can have is going to your parents after a hard game and them telling you that you did well. It gives me a certain feeling that I can’t really explain.” 

Barrett, a 15-year-old multi-sport standout from Porum, plays basketball and softball, swims competitively, and is the co-captain of the cheer team. She maintains to this day that she was tricked into swimming. 

“When I was seven years old, I was outside in a little blue pool from Wal-Mart, and my Nana asked me if I could swim,” she said. “I told her of course, and the next thing I know I was in a triathlon. I didn’t have the best equipment, but I came in second on the very first one I competed in.” 

From that day forward, Barrett has been competing, giving everyone and everything her best shot. She has been selected to cheer in the Disney Thanksgiving Parade, she led her basketball team in points scored and free throw percentage this past season, and helped lead her team to a district championship in fast pitch softball in the fall.

Keely Hallman, who coaches Barrett in softball, said she is a very “driven” individual. 

“Mallory is a great competitor,” Hallman said. “She is very driven and determined to go the extra mile. She spends a lot of her free time training and putting in extra work, and that extra effort shows a lot about her character and commitment. Her hustle is contagious and it gets us rolling.” 

In a world where many want to be a victim, Barrett is blatantly fighting to make sure her situation doesn’t define who she is. 

“You can’t let other people’s issues dictate who you are,” she said. “I learned that from my parents. Both my mom and dad did drugs and gave all of us up. I don’t live with any of my siblings, just my Nana and Papa, and I guess that has really impacted me. I want to show my parents what they’re missing out on. I want to be a leader, not a follower.”