Getting to know your U SPORTS student-athletes: Nicole Gilmore, Carleton Ravens
Throughout the 2017-18 season, U SPORTS sits down with one key athlete, coach, and staff member of each U SPORTS athletic program in our new interview series “Getting to know…”
- Name: Nicole Gilmore
- School: Carleton University
- Sport: Basketball
- Position: Guard
- Year of eligibility: Fourth
- Program: Criminology with a Concentration in Law
- Hometown: Hamilton, Ont.
1. What attracted you to Carleton University?
I was looking for a school with a strong academic program as well as a reputable basketball team. When I came to visit the school, I fell in love with the campus, and I was sold. I loved the feeling of community that the campus provides.
2. What’s your favourite memory, and your greatest athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete?
I would say that there are two prominent memories for me: winning back-to-back OUA championships over the last two seasons and lifting the Bronze Baby at the U SPORTS Final 8 this past season was a surreal experience. Winning the national championship was something that I always wanted to attain and being able to achieve that goal in my fourth year was amazing.
3. Where are you hoping your path will take you after university?
I am trying to keep an open mind and embrace all the options out there. I have been considering going to teacher’s college since that has always been an interest of mine, but I am still considering the possibility of travelling and going overseas for a bit.
4. Who’s had the greatest influence on your athletic career?
My parents have been big contributors in my athletic career. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to experience all the opportunities within sports that I have been so greatly blessed with.
5. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, with whom you’d love to have dinner with? Why?
Serena Williams is someone who I would love to have dinner with. I think that she is a strong force for women’s sports and she has been a powerhouse in the tennis world. She has had an amazing record and has really made a name for herself.
6. What is your pre-game ritual? Do you have any superstitions/idiosyncrasies around preparing yourself for a game?
I have always been a very superstitious person when it comes to sports. Each year, and even sometimes each weekend, my “lucky charm” can change. Sometimes it will be a lucky hair elastic, the colour of my socks, or a water bottle. In terms of a pre-game ritual, I think that having a strong group of women who are capable of hyping each other up before the game is an invaluable part of getting ready to compete.
7. What’s your go-to song to get pumped up for practice or a game?
For pre-game and pre-practice, I like more upbeat songs that I can usually sing along such as “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. Really anything with a great upbeat dance feeling.
8. What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Some of my top social media accounts I follow are @evanchildsfitness and @aubrieb. These are both accounts the I enjoy because of the motivation and information they provide, in order to maintain and sustain a healthy lifestyle within the fitness world.
9. If you could play another sport, what would it be and why?
If there could be another sport I would try, I think it would be cross fit. This is still something I am considering taking up when I am done with basketball. Other than that, I have always loved tennis and wish I could have more opportunities to play.
10. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you as an athlete?
The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me was forgetting my shoes for a shoot-around practice. I left them in the hotel, which meant that I had to wear shoes that were two sizes too small for the entire practice.