Tooele cross country’s former shy guy has big plans of being an actor and working in film.
Nick Gamble, a senior cross country runner at Tooele High School, knows what he’s talking about when it comes to film. When asked about his favorite movie, he responded, “What genre?” After coming to terms that he needed to pick an overall favorite, he landed on “Jaws.” His favorite comedy is “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”
Gamble wants to attend college with aspirations of working in the film industry, and he’s doing all he can at THS to realize that dream. Along with running for the cross country team, Gamble works on the school newspaper and Buff TV. He’s also an officer for the Future Business Leaders of America. Finally, when he has the time, he likes to be a part of the plays at THS.
“I like the storytelling and seeing everything on screen” Gamble said of film. “I also like acting. That’s what I want to do. I’m going to go into acting and then move on to directing.”
But the multi-talented Gamble wasn’t always out in the forefront. His shy personality took a little time to open up.
“Freshman year I was really shy,” Gamble said. “I didn’t talk much, but then a lot of the seniors opened up to me and helped me break out of my shell. It’s changed me.”
He took that example from his early years at THS and has tried to help others along the way with advice when they need it.
With cross country, he loves his teammates and the family-like atmosphere that comes with the sport.
“I like the people,” he said. “They’re welcoming, and it’s sort of like a family. We all push each other during the races and cheer for each other. That’s what motivates me the most.”
Gamble’s fastest time this season is 17:05, and he hopes to get that time down into the 16-minute range by season’s end. He said the work that goes into cutting down the time can be a challenge through hill workouts and stretching.
Val Medley, THS cross country coach, said Gamble’s positive attitude is infectious with the younger runners.
“He’s so fun and motivated that he kind of inspires them in that way,” she said. “He gives his best in every workout and every race. He has a really positive attitude. He never gives me any problems about that.”
After the racing, and all the extra-curriculars, Gamble has a fascination that he’s not ashamed to share.
“They can call me crazy, but I believe in the paranormal,” he said.
He may believe in the paranormal, but Tooele High School believes in Nick Gamble.
“I think he’ll be very successful based on his work ethic,” Medley said of Gamble for life after THS. “He’s such a nice guy.”