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The Eng­land and Wasps net­ball star and coach talks fit­ness, ca­reer highs and women’s sport

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Eng­land and Wasps net­ball star and coach Tam­sin Green­way.

1. HOW DID YOU DIS­COVER YOUR PAS­SION AND TAL­ENT FOR NET­BALL?

‘My fam­ily were al­ways ac­tive. They weren’t stars in a par­tic­u­lar game, but let me try every­thing, which is im­por­tant. I’ve al­ways been heav­ily in­volved in sport – watch­ing or par­tic­i­pat­ing, and it helped hav­ing an older brother who was al­ways kick­ing a ball around. I wanted to be a foot­baller, but back then there was no real op­por­tu­nity for girls to play in a club. A lo­cal mum took a net­ball ses­sion at school and I was in­stantly hooked. I went home and told my mum I was go­ing to play for Eng­land.’

2. YOU STILL PLAY FOR WASPS – TALK US THROUGH YOUR TRAIN­ING REGIME

‘A typ­i­cal week means train­ing ev­ery day, some­times twice a day. Three weights ses­sions a week, an SAQ (speed and quick­ness) agility ses­sion, a ply­o­met­rics ses­sion, three on-court ses­sions with the squad for the tac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal side, then I’ll do some fit­ness in there as well as match play. It’s a full-on week and most of the girls on the Wasps team are work­ing full time so they have to fit it in around jobs! The right food helps us do that – we have a nu­tri­tion team that ad­vises us. I like a light pasta dish be­fore a match, then an EQ pro­tein shake (eqnu­tri­tion.com) af­ter.’

3. YOU’VE HAD A STEL­LAR CA­REER – WHAT ARE YOUR HIGH­LIGHTS?

‘I played for Eng­land for 10 years and got my first cap in 2004, so that was a pretty spe­cial mo­ment. I be­came player coach for Sur­rey Storm back in 2012 and won two ti­tles with them. I re­tired from Eng­land in 2015 af­ter the last World Cup, joined Wasps last sea­son and we won the Su­per League. I’ve had lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to play over­seas as well. And now I work for Sky Sports. Do­ing the com­men­tary for the Com­mon­wealth Games when Eng­land won gold was prob­a­bly the next best thing to be­ing out on that court. I could bore you to death talk­ing about net­ball, so get­ting to do that on live TV is a real buzz.’

4. WHAT’S THE #SHOWUP CAM­PAIGN ALL ABOUT?

‘I ob­vi­ously want to see ev­ery net­ball game on live TV and I want to see a big­ger range of fe­male sports and I want more spon­sor­ship. But the re­al­ity is it’s in our hands now. If the me­dia can see that women’s sport is sell­ing out games, view­ing fig­ures are on the rise, women are talk­ing about the game in a broader sense and chat­ting about it on so­cial me­dia, it’s nat­u­rally go­ing to broad­cast more and show­case the role mod­els we want. So we need to get out there!’

5. HOW CAN WE ALL HELP IN­CREASE THE PRO­FILE OF WOMEN’S SPORT?

‘It starts with friends and fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pat­ing, at­tend­ing, vol­un­teer­ing, coach­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing. We have world-class na­tional women’s teams to in­spire us – look at cricket, rugby and foot­ball. Next year, the net­ball World Cup is in Liver­pool and I’m so ex­cited to see what ef­fect that has on the sport’s pro­file. Hope­fully we can lose the “just for girls” tag. It’s just a re­ally good game.’

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