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Keely Watt – Senior Lacrosse Coach

Where did your passion for sport come from?

My family. Both my parents were incredibly sporty and I used to play football all the time with my two brothers, which I really loved.

What is your greatest playing moment?

Scoring a goal against the Australian team in one of the group matches at the World Cup in Canada.

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

The fact that I know all my opponents in other countries will be training on cold wet mornings. I also don’t want to let my teammates down by not making the most of every training session I have the opportunity to do.

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

Hmmm – I always did wall ball in my garden from a young age, but I think doing additional sprint sessions probably happened when I was 17, as I had periostitis in my legs. I use to drive myself up to Lytham St Anne’s to train on the sand, in order to maintain my fitness in the build up to the U19 World Cup.

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

I would probably be enjoying a variety sports (hopefully at a reasonable level), but I would still be just as competitive.

Who are your sporting idols? – why?

When I was younger – I would probably say Duncan Ferguson (ex-Everton football player), I was a huge Everton fan and enjoyed watching him play. I met him a couple of times and he was the nicest guy. However, as a more elite athlete, I would say I have a huge amount of respect for Kelly Holmes and Jess Ennis. I think they have accomplished a huge amount in women’s sport and have their focus and dedication to their sport is truly inspiring.

What is the toughest thing about playing international level sport?

Striking the right balance of training and work. I would love to be professional, so I could fully focus on all aspects of my game.

What is the best thing about playing international level sport?

It’s got to be the pace and skill of the game, as well as representing your country. I have had the pleasure of doing so with a team of fully focused and fun team mates along the way.

What do you do to relax after a tough game?

I’m sorry – I ‘m going to be soppy… but it’s got to be a hot shower and then sitting on the sofa and relaxing with my fiancé.

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

Simply to continue enjoying lacrosse at the top level for as long as possible.

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