Dr. Sarah Gascon
Captain of the USA Team Handball Women’s National Team | Motivational Speaker |Now Booking Training Camps
About Dr. Sarah Gascon
Sarah Gascon, a remarkable young woman that is not only a talented athlete, but also an AMAZING Motivational Speaker!
Her dreams have always been to compete at the highest level possible. She is currently attending Auburn University pursuing her Doctorate in Kinesiology and training full-time for the 2020 Olympic Games. She currently serves as the USA Team Handball Athlete Representative on USA Team Handball Board of Directors.
A charismatic and energetic student, athlete, teacher and coach with the goal of enhancing athletic performance of athletes and improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages. She is highly creative in developing teaching and training strategies that build strong individuals inside and outside the classroom.
She has the ability to effectively manage her academic and athletic pursuits. Her research interests include kinematics, kinetics, motion analysis, functional and athletic assessments, injury prevention, biomechanical testing of performance apparel, and overall health and wellness for children and adults of all ages. She is detail oriented, possesses excellent writing skills, an exceptional researcher and leader.
College: Southeastern Louisiana University
Club: Team Rogue
Position: Center Back, Pivot
Hometown: San Pedro, CA
Current Residence: Auburn, AL
USA Team Handball Career
2019: NACHC Championships, 5th Place
2018: Pan American Games Qualifier, 1st
2018: European Tour (Italy, France, Germany)
2017: Pan American Championships, 5th place
2017: Pan American Championship Nor.Ca Qualifier, 2nd place
2015: Pan American Championship Nor.Ca Qualifier, 3rd place
2015: Last Chance Pan American Games Qualifier, 2nd place
2015: Last Chance Pan American Games Qualifier, 1st Match MVP
2014: Winter Classic, USA Blue Team, 1st place, Captain, Top 5 Scorer
2013: Pan American Championships, 8th place, Captain
2012: Pan American Beach Handball Championships, 5th place
2011: Pan American Games, 8th place
2010: Pan American Games Qualifier
2010: Pan American Championships Qualifier, 3rd place
2009: Pan American Championships Qualifier, 3rd place
2008: Pan American Div. I Championship, 4th place
2007: Pan American Championships, 8th place
2007: Pan American Championships Qualifier
2006: European Tour
2005: Named to Senior Women's National Team
Individual Team Handball Career
2018: USATH Open Nationals, Champion
2017: USATH Open Nationals, Champion
2014: American Open Beach Handball Championships, 1st place
2014: Carolina Blue Cup, 1st place
2013: USATH Open National Championships, 4th place
2011: AZS-AWF Warsawa (POL), 2nd Div.
2007: Chicago Inter Handball Tournament, MVP
2010: World Championships of Women's Baseball, 3rd place
2010: Southeastern Louisiana University Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2010
2008: World Championships of Women's Baseball, 3rd place
2006: United States Olympic Training Center Athlete of the Month, Lake Placid, NY
2004: World Championships of Women's Baseball, 1st place
2002-2003: Two-Time First Team All-Southland Conference Volleyball Player
2002-2003: 14-Time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week Honor, Volleyball
2002-2003: Two-Time NCAA Division I Champion, Defensive Digs
2002-2003: NCAA Division I Record Holder, Total Defensive Digs, Digs Per Game Average
2002-2003: Southeastern Louisiana University Female Athlete of the Year
2002: All-Louisiana Softball Player
2001-2004: Four-Time All-Southland Conference Softball Player
Elite Athletes, Entrepreneurs Share Mindset
Women's Handball Team smashes their way to the Pan-American Games
The match against Canada was crucial as it opens the door for Team USA to compete in the Olympics.
Girls USA Handball Team shoots for the goal during the Olympic Handball game on Sunday, Sep. 2, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.
The U.S. Women’s National Team smashes their way to the Pan-American games with a victory against Canada’s team.
With a close match win on Sept. 2, 2018, and an overwhelming victory in their second match in Montreal, Canada, the following Monday, Team USA secured their spot in the Next Pan-American Games.
The victories were the culmination of over a year’s worth of combined efforts from all members of the team.
Sarah Gascon, the WNT team captain, said there was about three years’ worth of build-up when training for the Pan-Am and eventually Olympic qualifiers.
“We attend these weeks and events where we train,” Gascon said. “We’ve had training camps in Auburn, in France, Germany, Hungary, Korea and China, so we’ve done this for the last couple of years.”
The match against Canada was crucial as it opens the door for Team USA to compete in the Olympics. But even with the stakes so high, Gascon and her team were confident moving forward.
Christian Latulippe, the WNT coach, said she was “prepared to play at this level” because they had some very high-caliber teams this year, and they knew they could beat Canada.
The game was crucial, and Canada put up a good fight, with the first match ending in a 22-20 score and the final score of the second match being 26-16.
“This was always the goal, the end goal, for our group to qualify for Pan-Am games,” said Gascon. “And then our next goal is to medal at Pan-Am and qualify for the Olympic games.”
Still, with the major win of the second match, the WNT still praised the Canadian team and respected the fight they brought.
“It was very competitive, and we knew going into it that it would be competitive,” Gascon said. “They literally played like they had nothing to lose, and they had a fearless approach.”
In the end, one of the biggest factors of Team USA’s victory came down to experience. Gascon described the experience of Team USA as “overwhelming” because their roster was filled with veterans.
“When you look at us we have a ton of experience, and when you look at our lowest numbers, our least experienced players have anywhere between 15 or 20 international matches,” Gascon said.
“When you look at Canada, the most experienced player has like 22 games,” Gascon said. “A lot of those athletes are very young and have zero international experience.”
“But they played well, and you have to tip your hat to them,” Gascon said. “I mean they came into our home and were even up by three goals at one point.”
Even with this win under their belt, Team USA is still working hard here in Auburn to reach their goal of competing in the Olympics.
“Being at Auburn, for me personally, has changed my career and I don’t know if I’d be where I am today without taking a chance and moving to Auburn,” Gascon said. “I am really grateful for the opportunity that Auburn and the School of Kinesiology has provided for me because they create an environment of success.”
- My Story: Following my Olympic Dreams
- Paths to Success: Commitment, Discipline, Accountability
- Balancing Act: Academics and Athletics
- The Right Mindset: What it Takes to Win at an Elite Level
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