Thursday, February 21, 2013
An interview with Holly Sims
Holly Sims is a rising netballing star, from Hertfordshire. Home grown from local clubs such as Tegate and Turnford. She has climbed up the excel pathway to reach the heights of Regional, Mavericks Youth and now NSL Mavericks long squad and England U19’s. Have you ever wondered what it would take to achieve success in Netball? Well, here is a glimpse in to Holly’s life, how she started off, what she does to relax, how she manages her studies alongside demanding training regime and tips on how to achieve success in your netballing career.
Name: Holly Sims
School/College: The Hertfordshire and Essex High School
Club: Turnford Netball Club
NSL: Hertfordshire Mavericks
Playing positions: WA C GA
How did you get involved and what are your early memories about being involved in netball?
I started playing netball in Year 5 of my Primary school in Bishops Stortford the team was years 5 and 6 combined and I always wanted to get picked so I could play with the older girls. The netball coach at school was also a coach at Tegate Netball Club Harlow and they played in a Saturday league at Chelmsford and they were always short of players so she kept asking me if I would play for them which I did and eventually I joined the Club.
Being such a young successful athlete, how do you manage to fit in your training alongside an education?
It’s tough you have to be really disciplined and have good time management skills. My school has been brilliant this year they have allowed me much more flexibility. I only have to come into morning registration if I have a lesson first period. I have to make sure that I always go to afternoon registration but then I can manage all of my free study periods as I want. So I can go to the gym to do my strength and conditioning training or just study at home which is less distracting than trying to study in the common room at school. I try really hard to get my school work done during the day because I often have very little free time after school or on the weekends because of matches or training.
What are your biggest achievements to date?
They have been; getting selected into the U19 England Excel Programme 2 years running, getting selected into Mavericks NSL long squad this season. Recently Mavericks Youth played a friendly against Wales U19s I was proud to be in the squad that played and beat them. Also I was in the U19 England squad that played a friendly match against the girls from TOWIE which was filmed for the show that was a lot of fun.
How important has your support from your Mum Debbie, been in your achievements and successes so far?
My mum has supported me from the beginning, driving me all over the region and the country to training, matches, and trials. She has watched me play and train and encourages me all the time. I don’t have time to have a part-time job so my parents support me financially as well. If I didn’t have their support I would definitely not have been able to go as far as I have in netball.
What do you do to relax?
I listen to music, watch films and I love clothes shopping quite often I do that online if I don’t have time to get to the shops
Before a match do you have any routines or superstitions that you follow?
Not really but I nearly always have a banana just before I play and I like to keep calm by listening to music. I just like to chill out
What types of food do you have to eat to help with your training and performance?
I try to eat as healthy as possible 80% of the time and also eat quite frequently. Lots of carbs for energy like Jacket potatoes, pasta and bread. I like salmon and tuna, chicken and other meats, fruit and I prefer raw veggies. I always eat about 1.5 hours before training or a match and then immediately after to replace the lost energy Mars milk refuel drink and a banana or cereal bar is good. I sip Lucozade Sport during training/match play and lots of water because you lose so much through sweat it’s very important to rehydrate as quickly as possible. My downfall is chocolate I still manage to have lots of that! I also sneak in the old Mc Donald’s meal now and again!
What type of music gets you ready for training or a game?
Rhianna, David Guetta, Kanye West and any chart music.
If you could put your success down to one thing, what would it be?
A lot of hard work and perseverance don’t give up even if you get knock backs just keep setting yourself goals and focus on them.
What advice would you give to anyone starting out in netball or trying to improve and reach the next level?
Practice Practice Practice! Find a good strong supportive club like Turnford NC and go to as many training sessions as you can and play with older players you will learn so much. Watch international or high level NSL games on Sky sports or live. Go and watch your local Premier or Regional team’s play their home matches its usually free, watch your position on court see what they do and try and copy them. Always play to your very best standard because you may be spotted by a scout at any time and asked to attend trials.
A big thank you to Holly for her time and we wish her the best of luck for this years season and her future in Netball
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