Susan Monks - BBN Member
How long have you been a BBN member?
I have been a member of BBN since October 2015
Have you always been sporty or is this new to you?
Not always been too sporty and particularly not been active over the last 10 years so yes this is new to me.
If you were sporty when you were younger and then stopped, why did you stop?
Life took over. I was quite sporty and played netball up until my daughter was around 1 year – 1 1/2years old then her needs and activities became more important.
Who or what motivated you to start again?
I was sick of going to the gym and paying memberships for things I did not join –I had thought about netball but never did I think I would play again, particularly at 45 years old and being unfit as I was.
How did you feel initially when you started BBN?
I was nervous and unsure the minute I walked through the door. Its scary when you see younger ones running about and thinking “I will never be able to do that”.
How often do you take part/train/do your sport each week and do you do it as part of a club/team, with friends or on your own?
I go to the BBN sessions on my own but now since October I go on a Monday and Wednesday and even try where possible to go on a Sunday.
How do you feel when you are doing it?
I Love it.. I love the buzz I get when I am playing – even if I am not doing great and not in a position I would normally play and feel out of my comfort zone but still I love it.
How has netball/BBN enhanced your life?
Although no significant weight loss at the moment and I am certainly fitter than I was. I love going to netball and feel a buzz. Now I let nothing get in the way of my netball nights where possible. It’s a little bit of something that is just for me.
What are your biggest motivations?
I would love to lose weight doing this and working on my eating habits now which is a direct result of playing netball – I want to do better and change my life and lifestyle.
What were or are your biggest obstacles to taking part regularly and how do you overcome them?
In my job, I travel a lot as I cover the whole of Scotland, so I could be away a number of times. I have now, since starting netball, being strict about when I am away and try where possible not to be away on a Monday and Wednesday. Although not always achievable , to date I think I have only missed a couple of nights.
Who inspires you and why?
I want to be a good role model for my daughter and although in the past 10 years I have been unhappy with myself and my weight, this I hope will show her, its never too late to change you life.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Getting over the door on that first night was a big achievement, or being told the other week “I could have thrown the ball to you anywhere tonight Susan and you would have caught it” It made me feel great.
What are the 3 best things you love about netball? And the worst?!
The banter with all the girls on the night
Learning the new rules
Laughing and smiling at doing something I love
Not being fit enough YET!
If someone was thinking about taking up netball/BBN but doubted herself or felt unsure about being judged, what would you say to them?
Go and try it… the girls at the sessions are all lovely and a lot of people are in the same boat, loved netball, done it at school and want to do it again.
How would you describe/promote BBN?
I would promote BBN as a great club where you can turn up, play netball without the worry of not always knowing all the rules and have fun – you will walk out smiling at the end
Do you have a sporting or life motto?
Just give it a go………..