Name: Genevieve Lacaze
Age (in 2021): 31
Sport: Athletics - Steeplechase
Coach/s: Nic Bideau
Best result/s: 9th 3000m steeplechase final 2016 Rio Olympics, 5th and Australian record in the 3000m steeplechase (9:14.28) Paris Diamond League 2016, 10th 3000m steeplechase 2019 World Championships.
Major goal for 2021: Top 5 at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 3000m steeplechase and the Olympic A qualifier for the 10,000m.
Most memorable sporting moment: Making 2 x Olympic finals (3000m steeplechase and 5000m) and breaking the 3000m steeplechase Australian record.
Biggest challenge you have faced: 3 years of injury riddled seasons and being told a few years ago I may not be able to continue in the sport. Overcoming this was my biggest mental challenge.
What do you like most about your sport? The challenge and commitment it requires. I love that there are no shortcuts in this sport and to be your best requires years of work, sacrifice and dedication. Running is also my passion and how I stay happy and positive mentally.
Who/what inspires you to achieve your best in sport? My husband Ryan Gregson is a big reason I am still inspired to this day. My sport has thrown many obstacles my way over the years but having him by my side through the highs and lows makes working hard much easier.
Favourite food/drink: I love a glass of wine and Italian food!
Favourite song/music: Generally most music that makes it to the radio however I love pop most.
Favourite destination: I have so many but my heart feels full close to home so I would have to say Noosa.