Jump2it and Rocks Community Club (RCC) Coordinator Stephanie McLean interviews volunteer Abbie Fox about girls’ participation and her own experience in sport.
Tell us about your experience in sport.
I started doing Taekwondo when I was 7 years old and I achieved my black belt by the time I was 9. I achieved this through hard work and fantastic support from my instructors. I wanted to try a different sport, so I tried out basketball when I was 8 and I began training and learning about the sport with Drumoyne RCC. I want to play more basketball and practise more so I joined the team Glasgow Fever and I have been playing with them ever since.
Why do you choose to take part in Sport?
I choose to take part in sport because it gives me the opportunity to make more friends and interact with more people my age who have the same interests as me. I also do it because it helps me maintain my fitness and is my passion.
What life-skills do you feel you have learnt through taking part in Sport?
Some of the main life skills I have learnt through sport is how to be confident in my own choices and voice my opinion, how to work in a team and how to keep fit and maintain the level of fitness that I’m comfortable with.
How do you think we can make Sport more accessible to girls & young women?
I think we should advertise and create more all-female clubs and promote it to the younger generation so that girls can not only get involved in sport but learn some essential life skills along the way.
Tell us about your reasons for volunteering at Drumoyne RCC.
My reason for volunteering at Drumoyne RCC is I started at this club and I’ve seen it grow so I feel like I’m giving back to the club for helping me follow my dreams in basketball. I also enjoy helping getting more young people into sports and encouraging them to make friends.
Lastly, who is your female sporting remodel & why?
My female role model would have to be my Glasgow Fever coach Rachel. She has helped me to improve my game by giving me advice, helping me to achieve my goals and it also helps to watch her play. She is a physiotherapist and that is what I aspire to be, as well as an amazing basketball player just like her. My other female role model is also Nicola Adams. She has inspired me that you can come from a completely normal background and if you work extremely hard you can achieve your goal.
Abbie with coach Josh and Rocks Community Club participants