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Cat Gaunt – Senior Lacrosse Coach

Where did your passion for sport come from?

I have always enjoyed watching all sports but my real passion started at school when I started playing lacrosse in year 7. It was one of those things that I have loved it ever since I first picked up a stick.

What is your greatest playing moment?

It’s a close call but I have to say beating Canada on their home turf to take the bronze medal at the U19 World Cup 2007.

What motivates you to get up and train on cold wet mornings?

Not letting my team mates down, I know how hard they all train, and I don’t want to be the weak link. I also think of all the training the USA Girls are doing and I know in order to be able to compete I need to do the extra training.

When did you first put in extra training – what made you?

About 18 months before our u19 World Cup. We were lucky to have a good support network at school which allowed us to do extra training. It was definitely easier doing it as a group. But once again it was very much the team aspect. You are only as strong as your weakest member and I did t want to be that.

If you didn't do top level Lacrosse, what would you do instead?

Honestly not a clue, Lacrosse has been such a big part of my life, I haven’t really thought about life without it! I would like to think I would have found another sport to compete in by now.

Who are your sporting idols? – why?

Johnny Wilkinson, to me he really epitomises hard work, training, practise and what you have to do to be the best. He also isn’t bad looking 🙂

What is the toughest thing about playing international level sport?

Juggling work, money and friends. It’s a difficult balance and sometimes it takes over. However it is always worth it and we are lucky to have such a close team so training days are a great fun day with your mates.

What is the best thing about playing international level sport?

Testing yourself against he best in the world. There is no feeling like beating one if the top 3 other countries in the world.

What do you do to relax after a tough game?

Something incredibly lazy, often involving sofas, food and TV catching up with friends… Bliss!

What would you like to achieve with Lacrosse in the future?

Personally I would like to win a medal at senior level.  For the sport I hope to see it in the Olympics some day soon.

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