This week Vikings Athletics caught up with third-year guard Katie Ballhorn from Vikings Women’s Basketball to hear about her goals, what it is like for her to be a Viking and how her older sisters, Molly and Hannah, have influenced her life.
Q: What is your program of study and what do you hope to do with that degree?
KB: I am in my third-year of bachelor of science, majoring in physical education. After I complete this degree I hope to get my after education degree and become a teacher!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in your basketball career?
KB: Next season I hope that we finish at the top of our division and make it to provincials with the ultimate goal of going to nationals! Other than that, I just want to enjoy my last season, make a bunch of memories and have a ton of fun with my teammates.
Q: How did you get your start in basketball?
KB: I started playing basketball in the Wetaskiwin minor basketball league when I was in first grade, but started to play more competitively once I was in grade four.
Q: Why did you choose to become a Viking?
KB: I chose to become a Viking because of the family-like atmosphere and welcoming team. Also receiving a high-level education with small class sizes was a big factor in my decision.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Viking?
KB: The best thing about being a Viking is the community that comes with it. At Augustana we have such a tight-knit athletics program where everyone is so supportive and wants to see each other succeed.
Q: How do you spend your free time when you are not in the gym or on the court?
KB: When I am not in the gym or on the court you would most likely find me hanging out with my friends and family, baking or skiing, which I recently started and it has been a ton of fun!
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
KB: Growing up my dad always told me that two things you need to do to be successful is to be prepared and to be on time and that is a piece of advice that has always stuck with me throughout the years.
Q: Who has influenced your basketball career and/or life the most and why?
KB: The two most influential people in my basketball career would be my older sisters, Molly and Hannah. Being the youngest they have always been major role models throughout my life. Growing up I admired their strong work ethic, drive and passion for sports which has influenced my own love and passion for the game.
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