Strong, Powerful and Inspiring: Girls Owning Their #GameFaces

To be a top athlete, you not only need a body that's in peak condition, you need to have the right mindset, too. The few minutes before stepping onto the field (or court!) is when an athlete flips the mental switch that gets him or her in performance mode. 

According to the team at Wildfang, a cool "tomboy style" shopping site, that pre-game moment is when athletes are at "their most authentic." So they decided to partner with photographer Andrea Corradini on the #GameFace collection, a series of photographs that captures 14 different young athletes at that key time.

"We are so proud of this amazing group of young women. They're total badasses," the team at Wildfang tells SELF.

And while we’re completely mesmerized by the raw power and drive of these young athletes, team SELF isn’t the only one taking notice. Abby Wambach, forward for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Teamagrees that these strong girls are exactly what the future of women’s sports needs, saying that the future of her sport is definitely in good hands.

Check out the images and athlete stories provided by Wildfang in the gallery above, and the next time you prepare to tackle a tough workout, well … be sure to bring your best #GameFace.

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Photo Credit: Wildfang

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Tess, 11 Teammates call me … fierce "Cheetahs are my favorite animal — they're almost as fast as I am."

Malea, 11 Teammates call me … competitive "I'm super good at juggling the soccer ball — my record is 1,065."

Annika, 9 Teammates call me … fast "When I grow up, I want to be an architect and a professional soccer player."

Naomi, 6 Teammates call me … talented "I'm way better than the boys in my class at math."

Jane, 10  Teammates call me … fiesty "I'm the only girl on my flag football team. Our team name is 'Jane and the boys.'"

Eva, 10 Teammates call me…tough "I speak French — I'm even better than my mom!"

Seriyfa, 9 Teammates call me … a jokester "I'm always telling jokes because I love to make people laugh."

Allison, 11 Teammates call me … strong "All the boys at school are afraid of me 'cause I do Jiu-Jitsu."

An'drea, 7 Teammates call me … awesome "I have a dog called Trees and I'm a really fast runner."

Sima, 6 Teammates call me … relentless "My favorite song is 'Fancy' by Iggy Azalea. I do an awesome Iggy."

Zoe, 11 Teammates call me … goofy "When I want to chill out, I usually doodle while listening to music."

Sierra, 10 Teammates call me … mighty "My nickname on my team is beast."

Isabelle, 13 Teammates call me … independent "Music gets my mind and heart into the game and inspires me to do more."

Savannah, 14 Teammates call me … a baller "My coach is my hero. He can see the potential in me that other's can't and he always pushes me."