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