Q and A session: Chariho senior Caitlin O’Leary

Q and A session: Chariho senior Caitlin O’Leary



1. What are your personal goals for this season and how do you expect to achieve them?

My main goal is to make the best of my last season playing soccer. I want to play my hardest and support my team as best as I can being a captain. [I want to create] a positive and welcoming environment where everyone can work hard to better the team and themselves while remembering that they are there to have fun and be a part of a close-knit team.

2. What are the team goals for this season and how can they be achieved?

We’re really focusing on working cohesively on the field and improving our communication. As a team, we must gain each other's trust on and off the field so we know that we can count on our teammates to have our backs in difficult situations and work together without issues. We love doing fun drills where we can all work together while incorporating our soccer skills, as well as having team pasta parties where we can all hang out the night before a game.

3. Who inspires you and why?

I’m really inspired by my friend Maddie Potts because she always made sure everyone felt welcome and was always so nice and caring. I admire how dedicated she was toward school and sports, and how she always pushed herself to be better. I’m also inspired by my parents who were successful athletes in high school and college and always put their children's needs first.

4. What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

Freshman year during our first home basketball game I scored my first varsity points against one of the best teams in our division in a close game. It was a really uplifting moment for me due to the support from my team and coach. I was really intimidated by being the smallest player on the court, and they had a lot of faith and trust in me when we were in an intense situation.

5. What has been your greatest challenge?

Coming back to play my junior season after the loss of my teammate and friend Maddie Potts. We created so many memories together on and off the field. It was hard to return to the same field playing the same game knowing that she wasn’t there to cheer her teammates on or score on a free kick. As a person, I have grown to appreciate the time I got to spend with Maddie and cherish all the memories knowing that she will always be a part of my life.

6. What are your plans after graduation and why?

I plan on studying health science in college to prepare myself for a career as a physician assistant. I also have hopes to continue my softball career in college.

Editor’s note: Maddie Potts was a senior captain for the Chariho girls soccer team when she died suddenly on the field during a game on Sept. 23, 2017.

FAVORITES

Sport: Softball

Pro athlete: Derek Jeter

Pro team: New York Yankees

Subject/class: Science

Movie: “Mamma Mia!”

TV show: “Gossip Girl”

Actor: Kristen Bell

Song: “Road Less Traveled,” by Lauren Alaina

Band/musician: Sugarland

Food: Steak

UP CLOSE

Family: My dad (Kevin), my mom (Heather), younger sisters (Rachel and Erin), and younger brother (Sean)

Hometown: Charlestown

Hobbies/interests: Softball, basketball, soccer, fishing, hiking

If I weren’t involved in athletics: I’d dedicate most of my time toward school and tutoring, and spend more time doing my other hobbies.

I’d give anything to meet: Derek Jeter

COACH’S TAKE

“Obviously there’s only one goalkeeper on the field, so she plays a huge role for us. She’s very athletic. She plays basketball and softball as well, so she has that natural ability. And once we started coaching her, she picked everything up so fast. She’s definitely the voice on the field — she never stops talking. She’s definitely a leader out there. And almost every single one of her temmates voted for her to be team captain, so that shows how much respect her teammates have for her.” — Brittney Godbout, Chariho soccer coach

 


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