Basketball has been a part of my life since I was the tender age of 5. Ever since the day my dad put that round leather sphere into my hands I haven’t been able to get enough of it. To me basketball isn’t just a sport, but an outlet from schoolwork, a basis of enjoyment, a place where I can socialize and obviously a source of exercise. Anytime I start to feel the stress of school and work, I always have basketball as my way of winding down. The moment I step out onto the concrete paved court in my front yard I feel released.
Whether it is the swish sound of nothing but net or the rhythmic bounce of the ball when I’m dribbling. Whatever it is, for those 10 or so minutes I’m out there, I feel completely refreshed, and feel that I can take anything on. It’s almost, eerie how much better it makes me feel. But I positively believe that is something in my blood. Both Mum and Dad played, so they’ve rubbed off on me somehow. I play both representative and domestic basketball. Representative is a great deal more competitive and serious than domestic, however I find playing representative much more enjoyable.
I guess it’s the fact that I’m playing with girls of the same age as myself, that have the same interests as I do, and are all as serious about basketball as I am. It’s also nice to have that separate group of friends away from the group of friends at school. I sometimes find it easier to talk to my friends at basketball than those from school, I presume it’s because we all spend some much time together, with us training three days and playing twice a week.
I don’t really look at basketball as a way of getting exercise, but it is Playing in VC (which is the highest level you can get to in Victoria) you have to be in pretty good shape. Our trainings are very demanding. We run, non-stop, for 2 hours on a Sunday. This keeps our fitness levels up to the standard expected of us. To be perfectly honest, I don’t mind this sort of torture because I know that it’s keeping me from becoming ‘chubby’. Although at times I question myself on why I continue to literally run myself into the ground. On Thursdays and Tuesdays our trainings usually consist of skill drills and unning through strategic plays for our games on Friday nights. It’s pretty full on. Last but not least. I play because I LOVE to! I get some much enjoyment out of it. The best part of my week is on a Friday afternoon when the final bell of the day rings at five past three, I become anxious and excited about the game I will be preparing myself for, for the rest of the afternoon. But the most enjoyable part of playing basketball would have to be the finals you get to play in at the end of the season. Grand Final Day is so much fun!
Everyone is so pumped to be there, being able to play in the grand final and knowing that if you win or lose you get a trophy, having your parents and friends cheering for you on the bench. Every time you score a goal everyone roars with excitement and the sound echoes through the stadium, it’s the most motivating thing when you’re on the court, having your team and crowd yelling out to you it’s extremely uplifting. So you now know why basketball is a big part of my life and why I feel so strongly about it. I know you might think it’s only a sport, but to me, it’s a way of life.