Bournemouth, England

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @GevaMentor

1. Your Bio

I’m an easy-going, highly organised, glass half full kind of person. I thrive off doing things for others and making them happy. I find it hard to say no and often take on more than most because I love the challenge of not only proving people wrong, but finding myself the strength that I can achieve anything I set my mind on.

2. What 5 words explain you the best?

Caring; Independent; Thoughtful; Positive; Fun.

3. What dreams do you have for the future?

Other than the obvious of being happy & healthy, it’s quite simple; I want to create a perfect home with my hubby. A nurturing environment to raise kids and not forgetting time & space to have a few horses and a dog.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

I’m not sure where I came across it, but I can really relate to this quote “You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for”. However, if life throws curve balls at me, I try to stay philosophical & positive with this saying: “Everything happens for a reason”.

5. What is your fondest memory growing up?

My family members are so busy and independent it’s often rare having us all in one location or home all at once. Living near the beach on the South Coast of England provided us with the perfect opportunity to do something so simple yet uniquely us! We would wake up around sunrise and walk down to the beach for an early morning swim. It was lead by Dad a majority of the time, I was always up for it, we had to drag Mum out of bed and my younger brother would either watch and wait on the beach with Mum or come in with us depending on how rough the waves were. It was always freezing cold, no one else would be around and we would do it any day of the year!

6. What is the most adventurous thing you can say that you have done?

I’ve been an adrenaline junkie and have skydived and bungee jumped in New Zealand. When I was 7 years old, I went on a plane by myself to stay with my friend and her family in Iceland. However, I think captaining the England Netball Team in the 2015 World Netball Cup would sit right up there as it required me to be able to balance so many different skills and emotions, and was really character building.

7. What are the top 3 things to do on your bucket list?

To learn a language – preferably Creole so I can converse in both English and Patwa with my dad’s family in St. Lucia.

Obtain a university degree – I have now started a course as a mature age student

Compete in my 5th Commonwealth Games & 5th World Netball Cup in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

8. What have you failed at before and what did you learn from this.

The most recent memory that comes to mind is failing to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games Final with my England team. It was shattering, as we were winning all game and lost it in the last 30 seconds. I certainly learnt to take every opportunity as it presents itself and not leave it to the last moment or all down to one person.

9. Who inspires you?

Every positive, motivating and ambitious person I meet. Whether it’s an underprivileged kid at an appearance I attend who’s making the most of their opportunities, an entrepreneur that’s bringing their dreams to reality or even as simple as being coached by some amazing people that have a wealth of experiences they can articulate. My mum has always been my rock and her selfless attitude is something I look to emulate and certainly inspires me.

10. Do you have a favourite book or movie?

I spend a lot of time travelling when playing my sport so movies and TV series are definitely my preference. My mind tends to wander when I attempt to read books. I’m a big fan of the lighthearted Happy Feet and Despicable Me movies. I have always loved older movies too, such as A Princes Thieves and Far & Away.

11. If you had to live on a deserted island and you could only take one thing, what would you take and why?

100% my Dad – being brought up on an island in the Caribbean his survival skills are on point. To learn from him and have his company, I think I’d be just fine.

12. What 3 pieces of advice would you give for others who want to get into your field or industry?

Being organised will serve you well – balancing work life, personal life and the life of an athlete.

Listen to advice, but remember to stay true to yourself.

Lastly, enjoy what you do.