Up Close & Personal with Cloe Klaus

Banner Elk, NC--As we continue our Up Close series of interviews with the Lady Bobcats lacrosse team we meet up with the third and final senior on the team, Cloe Klaus. Klaus, who can been seen at the midfield position, is a native of London, Ontario, Canada. Join us a we find out a bit more about her.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? I got an offer to come play soccer for the Bobcats at the last minute (received the offer on a Sunday in late August and was at LMC by that Thursday). It was one of the best impulsive decisions I've made!

2. How long have you been playing lacrosse? I've been playing lacrosse now for 5.5 months, 3 days, and 16.5 hours, approximately. It's still all very new to me!

3. What are your personal goals for this season? I want to contribute as much as I can to the team's success, work hard, and improve in every aspect of the game.

4. What's your favorite lacrosse memory here at Lees-McRae so far? My favorite memory so far is actually from soccer. I scored a big, game-winning goal my sophomore year against then rivals Coker, off of a beautiful cross from one of my favorite players, Gennie Garcia. For lacrosse my best day with the team (thus far) was at practice the beginning of February when the weather was warm. We had a great practice. Everyone worked hard, enjoyed practice, and best of all we were all in shorts and t-shirts! Now that's a rare thing in BE!

5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? My parents, definitely. They have always allowed me to play numerous sports, taken me to practices and games, and traveled with me to games and tournaments anywhere from 1.5 hours away to across the ocean! They even supported me when I decided to move to a different country to play soccer.

6. If you weren't playing lacrosse, what other sport would you play? If I wasn't playing lacrosse or soccer I guess my next option would be volleyball; although, I wouldn't be a fan of wearing spandex. Not like I'm a huge fan of wearing a skirt for lax either, but what are ya gonna do?!

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? I am majoring in Athletic Training and Psychology. I hope to work as an Athletic Trainer with a professional team or possibly become a Physical Therapist and still do the same thing. Either way, I hope to stay working with high level athletes.

8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go? I think I'd go back to my freshman year here at LMC. I had such a good year, on the field with soccer and in the classroom, and made so many good friends that have moved on since then. Maybe I'm just becoming reminiscent in the end, eh?

9. What is your favorite book? I don't really read that much, other than countless research articles for Athletic Training right now! I am a fan of the magazine "Adbusters" and the PostSecret books, though.

10. What is your favorite food? My favorite food is chocolate! Too bad I gave it up for season…

11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? I would love to travel to Africa or Ireland.

12. What is one word that describes you and why? Ready - I'm ready for just about anything that comes at me right now, including a huge change after graduation!

Cloe's Story...I was born and raised in London, Ontario, to parents Mary Kay and Jurgen Klaus. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years playing any kind of sport I could. I would always try to tag along with my older brother when he and his friends would play hockey on the pond, or basketball in the driveway. I was involved with so many sports teams my parents made me give up a few. I finally settled with soccer and hockey.

My parents were really supportive and instrumental in helping me acquire the soccer scholarship I dreamed of from a U.S. college. I most definitely would not be here if not for their love and help throughout the years. After soccer didn't work out at LMC I turned to lacrosse. Coach Duffy has been patient enough to teach me the game. Now I just wish I had started to play this sport sooner in life!