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: Kathryn Hankins
- School: University of Lethbridge
- Sport: Women’s basketball
- Position: Forward
- Year of eligibility: 5
- Program: General Social Sciences
- Hometown: Chehalis, Wash.
1. What attracted you to the University of Lethbridge?
The people - coaching staff, athletic administration, and the players.
2. What’s your favourite memory, and your greatest athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete?
Road trips with my teammates. My greatest athletic achievement is coming back and being able to play after being so sick prior to this season.
3. Where are you hoping your path will take you after university?
Hopefully I will get into coaching at the high school or college level, as well as become a teacher.
4. Who’s had the greatest influence on your athletic career?
My youth coach and my junior college coach because they both took a chance on an unlikely player and grew my love for the game of basketball.
5. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, with whom you’d love to have dinner with? Why?
Serena Williams because she is such an accomplished black female athlete. Her work ethic and the way she carries herself are inspiring.
6. What is your pre-game ritual? Do you have any superstitions/idiosyncrasies around preparing yourself for a game?
I never shoot before the 20-minute warm up and I always try to go through warm up in the same order, or at least with the same people before and after me, in every drill.
7. What’s your go-to song to get pumped up for practice or a game?
Chandelier by Sia or anything by YG.
8. What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Bernese Mountain dog pages on Instagram.
9. If you could try another sport, what would it be and why?
Hockey because I’ve never been on the ice, but it seems fun. And it seems like a Canadian rite of passage.
10. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you as an athlete?
Any and every time I’ve fallen on the court without anyone around me.