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Golden State Warriors Staff Spotlight: Chelsea Lane

In Partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation

Chelsea Lane is the Director of Performance and Sports Medicine of the Golden State Warriors. She grew up in a small logging town in rural Australia, where most kids saw university as a far-off dream. For them, sports filled their otherwise quiet afternoons and gave them the opportunity to travel to other towns and cities to compete. With her parents’ encouragement, Chelsea persevered through school, graduated from university, and pursued her career in sports therapy and performance. We’re proud to highlight Chelsea Lane and our partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation for Women’s History Month! Read more about Chelsea's story below.

Chelsea Lane

I was raised in a small logging town of 6000 people in rural Australia. My parents were working-class people. My mother, a high school graduate, worked in retail. My father, who immigrated to Australia 10 years before I was born, wasn’t fortunate enough to finish high school, so he worked the farm. For most of the kids in my town in the 1980’s, it was expected that we would start high school, but there was no guarantee that we would graduate. University was out of reach for many of us -- not only did we have to finish high school to get there, but we would also need to move many hours away from our town in order to attend a university.

Sports were an important part of small town life. It filled our otherwise quiet afternoons and weekends and gave us an opportunity to travel to other small towns to compete with their teams. It was through sport, when I traveled to the city to train with various coaches and compete in national swimming competitions, that I first experienced city life. I realized the world was a much bigger place than just my little town.

While my parents understood and supported my love of sport, it was an expensive pastime that stretched their resources. They constantly reminded me that getting an education was of greater importance. My dad used to tell me that with an education, I could be anything, go anywhere, and write my own story. I could grow up and return to live in the town where my parents raised me, or I could live in the city, or I could travel the world. Equipped with a university education, the choice would be mine.

When I was 11 years old, I was given the opportunity to participate in an entry exam to attend a selective academic boarding school in Sydney, Australia. The school was a full day’s train ride from my parents home and the thought of moving to the city on my own at the age of 12 was both frightening and exciting. After I started school there, I was encouraged to keep up with my sport, though study was to take priority over everything. It was my first step to the university education that my parents had always wanted for me, as well as a to having the sort of choices to which they never had access.

After six years of boarding school and a whole lot of awful part time jobs to self-fund seven years of university, I finally found myself in the position to make the choices that my dad had promised would be there for me. With my degrees, I chose to return to sport, working in sports therapy and sports performance. I chose to work in the city where I had attended boarding school. Then, I chose to travel the world working in various elite sports. Through that work, I met my husband, a Winter Olympian and an elite performance coach, and together we chose to continue to travel the world together working with athletes.

I am now in my third season with the Warriors. It is a demanding, time consuming role, but it is a highly rewarding job filled with all the sorts of challenges that make a job exciting and worth doing. It’s the sort of job that makes me glad that I listened to my parents when they told me to stick with school!

— Chelsea Lane

Comments (3)

  1. Stephen Kushner.:
    Jul 15, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    Awesome job with the Warriors. I was fascinated with their physical and psychological performance over the recent years. You were the person I would most choose to meet in the organization. I would appreciate any recommendation on entering the performance training field. Be well and I mean it. Steve

  2. Stephen Kushner.:
    Jul 15, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    Awesome job with the Warriors. I was fascinated with their physical and psychological performance over the recent years. You were the person I would most choose to meet in the organization. I would appreciate any recommendation on entering the performance training field. Be well and I mean it. Steve

  3. Jasmine Brown:
    Nov 13, 2018 at 04:26 AM

    Hello, I am Jasmine great job in pursuing your dream and not give up. I am taking my basics now in college. I want to become an athletic trainer also. Would you be able to give an insight on how to get started? My email is Jasminebrown1578@yahoo.com.


    Thank you so much for all that you do.

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