Athlete Profile

Kate Gillis

Women's National Team

Position: Forward
Age: 26
Height: 175 cm
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Residence: Vancouver, BC
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Senior Caps: 139
1st Int'l Appearance: 2007 in Vancouver vs. Chile

Career Highlights

- Scored her first goal against Argentina in 2010
- 2008/2009 Boston College Rookie Award
- 2007 Regiopolis Notre Dame Award of Excellence
- 2006 Bill MacLeod Award
- 2005 Junior Athlete of the Year
- 2007 and 2005 Field Hockey MVP
- 2004 Sportsmanship Award

U-18 Outdoor Nationals - Silver
U-19 Indoor Nationals - Gold
U-21/Senior Outdoor Nationals
U-19 Outdoor Nationals - Gold
U-19 Indoor Nationals - Gold
U-16 Outdoor Nationals - Gold

Field Hockey Background

My mom told me to try out for my high school team in grade 9. I ended up making the Varsity team my first year.

Former Teams: Boston College Eagles

Coaches: Louis Mendonca, Paul Bundy, Ainslee Lamb, Mia Sarris-White

Proudest Moment

Seeing my parents in the crowd for my first game versus Chile.

My Life

I attended Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic School in Kingston, ON and recently transferred to University of British Columbia from Boston College to play full time with the National Team. I am currently in the Faculty of Arts and hope to become a teacher.

My mother Diane (nee Coffey) is a teacher at West Point Grey Academy, and a former long jumper on the Canadian Track and Field Team who attended the University of Tennessee. My father Mike was drafted in the 1st round (5th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in the 1978 National Hockey League (NHL) draft and is now the General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks NHL team. My older brother Max attends school at St. Lawrence College in Kingston in hopes of one day becoming a veterinarian and my younger brother Spencer is in grade twelve at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.

I enjoy going to the beach, skim boarding, snowboarding, ice hockey and eating Choco Swing Milka bars.


High School: Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic School

University: Boston College & University of British Columbia

Advice for aspiring athletes...

Always remember, its not a sacrifice, its a choice. Be the best you can be.

Role Model

I have been most inspired by my father for his hard work and success, I most admire my mother for her competitive drive, constant encouragement and her ability to do anything she sets her mind too.

I would like to thank my brothers for always supporting me and especially to Spencer for moving out to Vancouver to help me pursue my dream.

Favourite Quote

"Never Give Up."

Interesting Facts

1. Member of the Varsity Badminton team for her high school
2. Member of her Elementary school skipping team
3. Only female allowed to play pick up hockey with the Canucks Management on game days

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