Netball star Greenway shares her knowledge
Pupils at Bermuda High School were treated to an extra special lesson yesterday as Tamsin Greenway, a former England netball player, held a training and Q&A session.
Until last year, Greenway was the director of netball and player for Vitality Superleague champions Wasps Netball and is also a Sky Sports presenter. She earned 67 caps for England, winning two Commonwealth Games bronze medals, a silver at the World Netball Series, and seven Superleague titles.
The 36-year-old ran the pupils through some drills, teaching them the importance of jumping, core work, being quick on their feet, communication, and trusting their team-mates.
After the coaching session, the girls were able to ask Greenway questions during which she explained her route into the sport and the career she built.
“My advice is to be brave in the decisions you make and the training you do, and to enjoy it,” Greenway said. “When you look at someone at the top of their career, you don't see all the disappointments and injuries along the way.”
Greenway went on to explain that you have to accept the disappointments, deal with them and move on, reflecting on the personal disappointment of being dropped from the England squad.
“I was devastated,” she added. “I cried and I was angry, but then I requested feedback from my coach and took it on board and thought to myself, ‘I'll show you'. I trained and I came back and got on the team six months later, but it would have been so easy to quit.
“You have to be honest with yourself and take criticism, and it hurts, but keep trying. If you love something and are passionate about it, do whatever you can to make it happen.”