Chatham-Kent’s Bridget Carleton, Making CK Proud
Chatham-Kent sends athletes across Ontario, Canada, and the globe each year to compete athletically. Sponsored by baCK to Chatham-Kent, we’ll be featuring local athletes who have left Chatham-Kent, and are proudly representing our community. We hope many of these athletic ambassadors for our community someday come baCK to call Chatham-Kent home.
This week, we feature Chatham’s Bridget Carleton. Carleton is a former Big 12 Player of the Year after finishing a spectacular NCAA basketball career with the Iowa State Cyclones.
She was drafted by the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun 21st overall, and began her pro career with the team. She is currently a member of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, and also plays professionally in Australia’s WNBL with the Townsville Fire.
Here are Bridget’s responses to our baCK to Chatham-Kent athletes interview:
1. Can you describe what support you’ve felt from your hometown/Chatham-Kent while you’ve been away?
The support I’ve felt from Chatham-Kent truly means the world to me. My family and friends have obviously been amazing. They’ve been with me, supported me and cheered me on through everything. On top of that, the people of the community who continue to show interest in what I’m doing has been so special. I’m grateful to be from a city that is so supportive.
2. What do you enjoy about coming home to visit?
I love the coming home to visit. For one, because I love seeing and spending time with my family and close friends. I also enjoy being out in the community and seeing people who I haven’t seen in a long time. That’s what’s really cool about Chatham… every time I go to the grocery store, I run into someone I know!
3. Would you consider making Chatham-Kent home again some day?
I would for sure consider making Chatham-Kent home again some day. Obviously it depends where life takes me, but I would love to be around my family and the people I am most comfortable with! Chatham will always be my home, regardless.
4. What advice would you give to young athletes baCK home in Chatham-Kent?
Advice I would give to young athletes in CK is to continue working hard, set your goals high and most importantly, have FUN! Take every opportunity you get and make the most of it.