What do you get when you combine craft beer and women in sports?
Take Your Shot Lager.
Brewed for women in sports by our friends at Arcadia Brewing Co., Take Your Shot Lager will be available to crush with your teammates, after work, and while you’re watching your fav sports very soon.
Made in her Soul Shot’s home of Edmonton, Alberta, Take Your Shot Lager features 9 women in sports from Edmonton who have taken their shot in sports and continue to inspire others on the daily.
Cait MacPhail is one of them.
How are you involved in sports?
CAIT: I grew up immersed in sports– playing them, watching them and falling in love with them. Gradually that led me to searching for a way to make sports a part of my career when the time came. Now I find myself in the midst of a career journey through sports. After working my way through different roles in the sports world, I’m currently the social media manager for the Edmonton Oilers and was able to channel my passion into a career path that really aligned with my interests, making it easier to stay inspired every day I go to work.
How did your love for sports start and continue to where you are today?
CAIT: My love for sport and specifically hockey probably started when I was in grade one. I don’t know what initially drew me to hockey but I was drawn to the game (Let’s be honest it was the Oilers probably combined with the release of the Mighty Ducks)—everything about it. My mom couldn’t afford to put me in organized hockey so it was a lot of shinny on the pond and ODR days. I got my fill of organized sports through soccer, volleyball and basketball. I was always fiercely competitive, almost to a fault, so I knew sports were always going to be a part of my life. Getting to channel that passion into a career has probably been my greatest and favourite accomplishment and something I do not take for granted.
What’s the greatest lesson(s) you’ve learned through sports?
CAIT: In addition to learning how to be a part of a team, I believe the biggest lesson sports has taught me is simply learning how to ride the wave. While sport is competitive by nature, you have to prioritize and remember the best part about it all: They’re fun as hell. So when the going gets tough, and it always does at some point, I try to remind myself that I’m lucky to be physically able to participate in sport and in my particular case, be immersed in it for a living. I am (self-confessed) not the best at managing the emotions and ups and downs when it comes to winning and losing in all facets of life, but having sports be such a huge part of my life has shown me that you can just simply enjoy what sports can be—and that’s just straight-up fun.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to other girls and women in sports?
CAIT: You belong. Full stop. You might face some unique obstacles along the way, but I’m convinced that makes women who do rise to the top just that much stronger. Working in pro sports is a wild ride and endlessly fun and if it’s truly what you want to do, you find a way to make it happen through dedication and persistence. True passion for sport finds a way to carry you where you want to go eventually, hurdles and all.
What do you want those who drink this beer to know about women in sports?
CAIT: I would want people to know that women in sports are some of the most determined, talented and dedicated people I’ve met in my own journey. Above that, I find them to be the best champions and support systems for other women in the industry or ones to looking to break in. It’s a special group of people that I’m incredibly proud to belong to.