U SPORTS sits down with one key athlete, coach, and staff member of each U SPORTS athletic program in our interview series “Getting to know…”
- Name: Carly Steer
- School: University of Windsor
- Sport: Women’s basketball
- Position: Guard
- Year of eligibility: 5
- Program: Human kinetics
- Hometown: Windsor, Ont.
1. What attracted you to the University of Windsor?
What attracted me to the University of Windsor the most was the idea that it was in my hometown. I grew up watching the Lancers play and attending summer camps, so the university felt like a second home to me.
2. What’s your favourite memory, and your greatest athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete?
My greatest memory and athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete was when our team won nationals in the 2014-15 season. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of one of teams that won five national championships in a row.
3. Where are you hoping your path will take you after university?
As of right now I am not 100 per cent sure what path I will take after university. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in human kinetics and have considered following a career path in that field including occupational or physiotherapy. However I have not yet completely made up my mind.
4. Who’s had the greatest influence on your athletic career?
My brother (Ryan Steer) has had the greatest influence on my athletic career. He also played basketball for the Lancers and he sparked my love for both the sport and the university. I've been lucky enough to be coached by him and also watch him coach the Lancer men's basketball team throughout my own basketball career. From a very young age, he was the one person who I looked up to and was influenced by the most.
5. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, with whom you’d love to have dinner with? Why?
I would love to have dinner with Michael Phelps. He is one of the most decorated Olympic athletes and I would love to ask him what his secret to success is. He also has not had the perfect life. He has been in the centre of many athletic and personal scandals so I would be interested to hear how he dealt with this negative attention while not letting it affect his swimming performance.
6. What is your pre-game ritual? Do you have any superstitions/idiosyncrasies around preparing yourself for a game?
I don't really have any specific pre-game rituals and I don't believe in superstitions. However, I don't like to be rushed before a game so I always tend to get to the gym early so I can take my time.
7. What’s your go-to song to get pumped up for practice or a game?
Hey Ya! by Outcast
8. What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
My favourite accounts to follow are for sure anything that posts pictures and videos of dogs or puppies!
9. If you could try another sport, what would it be and why?
Gymnastics. I admire gymnasts’ strength and athleticism and I think that the sport would push me out of my comfort zone. I also think it would be super cool to learn all of the tricks and flips that they do.
10. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you as an athlete?
When I found an autographed basketball being sold at Value Village. The basketball was signed by myself and one other basketball player and was being sold for $2.99.