We caught up with Flames star Casey Samuels ahead of this Friday’s clash against the University of Canberra Capitals for a one on one Q&A.
Full Name? Casey Jo Samuels
Date of Birth? 2 August 1994.
Where were you born? Westmead Hospital.
Where do you call home? Bankstown.
What is the name of the first basketball team you played for? Bankstown Bruins.
Do you remember the name of your first coach? Michelle Hennessy.
Other than basketball, what is your favourite sport to play? Oztag.
Other than basketball, what is your favourite sport to watch? Rugby League but I don’t follow a specific team.
Is there any sport you don’t like? Soccer! It’s a 90 minute long game and nobody ever scores! Plus players fall over when they aren’t even hurt.
What sport do you wish you could play and play well? AFL.
Would you rather go swimming or skiing? Water skiing!
How do you feel about extreme sports? Great – love them.
Do you follow one particular team in the WNBA? Not really, no.
Do you follow any particular team in the NBA? No.
Who is your sporting hero? My sister.
Who is your non-sporting hero? Dad.
How do you prepare for a game? I like just go about my day as normally as possible.
What is the first thing you want to do after a game? Eat!
What is your favourite piece of gym equipment or training exercise? Squats.
What is your least favourite piece of gym equipment or training exercise? Chin ups.
What is the most rewarding part of being an elite athlete? Doing what you love and meeting new people.
What is the most difficult part of being an elite athlete? Fitting everything in and making sure everything you need to get done gets done.
As a player, what is your biggest strength? My athleticism and shooting.
What has been the highlight of your sporting career? Winning the bronze medal in the U19s for Australia in 2013.
What would you still like to achieve? Becoming an Opal.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Having a house would be great! And still playing basketball.
What is your one favourite thing about basketball? The physicality.
How are you feeling about this Friday’s game against the University of Canberra Capitals? It was a tough loss last week. We fought until the end but weren’t able to get the win. We have definitely bounced back this week, training has been intense and full of energy. We have been working on what we need to do better on Friday night and are feeling confident as a team. Friday night will be tough against Canberra but if we stick to our stuff and what we do best I am confident we can come out on top.
You can catch Brydens Sydney Uni Flames host the University of Canberra Capitals this Friday 6 November at Brydens Stadium at 7:00pm. Tickets available at the door or online here.