Meet Colton Bancroft.
SDPC: Colton, you probably get asked this a lot but, why polo?
Bancroft: I love polo because there is no other sport like it. I started playing when I was 10 and haven’t stopped since. I love it.
SDPC: Do you have any rituals you perform before a match?
Bancroft: Not really, I always try to stay relaxed before a big game.
SDPC: How do you feel about playing in front of such a large crowd on Polo Sundays?
Bancroft: I love having the crowd there, however, when I am playing I do my best to just ignore them.
SDPC: Tell us about your horses! Any funny memories or stories come to mind?
Bancroft: I love every one of my horses and i am so grateful to be able to play them.
SDPC: When you aren’t on the field, what other hobbies or sports interest you?
Bancroft: I play lacrosse for my high school, but polo is much more serious for me.
SDPC: You and Jesse Bray are good friends, how long have you two been playing polo together and how did you first meet?
Bancroft: Haha, I met Jesse on the field when I was 12 and we have been playing ever since. He and his dad, Graham Bray, have taught me everything I know.
SDPC: Were you born and raised in San Diego? If so, what is your favorite way to spend a “day off” here?
Bancroft: I was born in Utah, but I was raised in San Diego. I love to go to the beach or hang out with friends.
SDPC: Do you have any long-term aspirations for your polo career? If so, tell us about them!
Bancroft: I would love to eventually go pro and get paid to do what I love.
SDPC: With this year’s summer polo season winding down and school starting back up, what gets you most excited looking forward to the 2013 polo season and your upcoming school year?
Bancroft: I can’t wait for next season. In the mean time, I will focus on my grades and practice polo as much as I can so that I am ready for next season.
SDPC: What is one of the most important lessons you have learned either from playing polo or your fellow players?
The most important lesson I have leaned from polo is to be grateful for everything I have and never take any of it for granted. I am extremely lucky to be able to do what i do.