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Duke WLAX Freshman Class Spotlight: Phoebe O’Hara

0 Comments 15 January 2016

Phoebe O'Hara, Duke Women's Lacrosse

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel and the Blue Devil staff welcomed the addition of 12 freshmen to the program this fall ahead of the 2016 campaign. Midfielder/attacker Phoebe O’Hara comes to Duke from Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom.

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Phoebe O’Hara
Midfield/Attack l Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK l Cheltenham Ladies College

Prior to Duke: O’Hara joins the Blue Devils from across the pond, where she led her varsity team in scoring and assists as a senior. She also captained her squad to the quarterfinals of the national schools for the first time in program history. A native of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, O’Hara was a captain on England’s U19 team that won the Oxton Tournament in 2014, and also helped the U19s claim the Team Home Internationals Championship three times.

What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
PO: Opening of the lacrosse school season in September 2014 – captained the team to win the opening tournament which posed us as a real threat for the rest of the year. Also, our team spirit was the best I had ever experienced it in the 1sts, and this was just the opening fixture!

When did you start playing lacrosse?
PO: At 12 when I started at Cheltenham … and I hated it!! I preferred hockey and netball as I found lacrosse really difficult. It wasn’t until a great coach sparked my passion for lacrosse later on that I began to enjoy the game.

Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
PO: My father – he’s taught and shown me what it is to really work hard, and that the results will come if you put your all into everything you do.

Why did you choose Duke?
PO: The school is amazing in so many ways but ultimately the people I met from Duke were the nicest and most welcoming, especially the lacrosse girls.

What are your goals for your collegiate career?
PO: Improve a lot, score some goals … and win Division I!

Quick Hitters:
Favorite athlete: Laura Merrifield – went to Maryland and part of Senior England. Grew up watching her in England and so she became my idol … literally in the U19 England team we had an active fan club. Her determination and passion for the sport left an impression on me that I have also strived to pursue.
Hobbies: A lot of lacrosse! Working on an organization that friends and I set up called EmpowerHerVoice – trying to empower women worldwide #girlpower, working on my fashion blog with my sister, riding, reading … taking photos?! I like being busy.
Favorite book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite movie: 
And While We Were Here
Favorite TV show: Made in Chelsea
Favorite musician: Swim Deep
Pre-game ritual/superstition: I always have to put deodorant on before a game … I’m terrified of smelling really bad.
If you were to play another sport, what would it be? If I hadn’t focused on lax probably would have stuck with hockey/track … but I’ve always had this weird feeling that I’m secretly good at football (soccer).
Interesting fact about yourself: I was the baby in the Pampers Nappy advert on TV in 1997-98.
What do you plan to major in? History, probably focused on Russia and the Middle East.
Best advice you’ve received: If you do something give it your 100 percent
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Probably back in London, bringing some female power to a boardroom, or representing the UK as a political diplomat in the Middle East.

To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … a total dream come true; words cannot describe how ridiculously amazing it is for me to be a part of this.

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