Deborah Reid - BBN Member/Facilitator
How long have you been a BBN member?
I've been a member since August 2015.
Have you always been sporty or is this new to you?
Yes, I've always been sporty and very active throughout my life.
If you were sporty when you were younger and then stopped, why did you stop?
My reduction in participation in sport coincided with leaving school and I shifted towards other forms of physical activity i.e aerobics and going to the gym.
Who or what motivated you to start again?
After having my daughters I decided to fulfill my career desires and trained to be a fitness instructor in 1999. I later gained my teaching certification in Body Combat and as I wanted to improve my technique I was encouraged by a friend to join the local Karate. This developed into a love for martial arts and I trained in Mauy Thai and Tae Kwon Do.
How did you feel initially when you started BBN?
I was very excited about the opportunity of becoming involved in a sport again. I was slightly apprehensive in the sense that I hadn't played netball since primary school and couldn't remember the rules and the fact that I didn't know many of the woman who were there. However, once on the court my focused turned to chasing the ball and my initial inhibition soon dissolved.
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 would if I could train every day but my work and family commitments only allow me to train once a week at my local Strathaven BBN. Initially I just turned up myself to play but through training at the club every week, I have made a whole new group of like minded friends - who love the sport.
How do you feel when you are doing it?
I feel great, as I love running about, jumping and the team spirit that evolves through playing the game, keeps me coming back every week.
How has netball/BBN enhanced your life?
I would say that BBN has enhanced many aspects of my life. It has allowed me to continue playing in a less competitive sport, I have made great friendships and connected with women of all ages. It has allowed me to participate in an activity which I find both mentally and physically challenging, which I know has improved my overall health and well being.
What are your biggest motivations?
I would probably say that my biggest motivational factor would be: being active in an environment which is fun but challenging, having the support of friends and sharing in those daft moments which creates great memories.
What were or are your biggest obstacles to taking part regularly and how do you overcome them?
My biggest barriers to increased participation are: work and family commitments. To ensure I dedicate my time to BBN - I have taken on the role of coach. As I now have a responsibility, this ensure I commit to turning up each week.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by the netball community, the women that I coach - as their enthusiasm and commitment to play makes the game special and my daughter Lauren - who keeps me right and supports me in my role.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
There has been many but probably the greatest so far would be - getting started and increasing the numbers in participation levels, which has required continual promotion of the club's profile.
What are the 3 best things you love about netball? And the worst?!
1, Playing with friends
3, Sharing in experiences
1, Only having 1hr a week to play
2, Not always getting to play your favorite position.
If someone was thinking about taking up netball/BBN but doubted herself or felt unsure about being judged, what would you say to them?
I would suggest that they come along to watch first so that they can witness for themselves how friendly an environment BBN is, to see all the different skill levels and age ranges there are and then allow then to choose a position that they felt comfortable in starting off in.
How would you describe/promote BBN?
Strathaven BBN is a wee great club, which has grown over the past few months. We all share the same desire which is to come together and play netball in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Do you have a sporting or life motto?
It's not very original but here it is:
Live - give Netball a go!
Laugh - don't take the game too seriously. Laugh and learn from your experiences.
Love - share your passion for netball with others.