SportsPower Local Legend: Amy Lee

by The Know

Meet Amy,

Our local legend from Mount Barker

Amy was nominated to be a SportsPower local legend by Catherine. Here is what Catherine had to say…

Amy has so much passion for the Charleston Netball Club. With only three teams she refuses to give up on it. President, fundraising, organising the under 11’s as team manager, filling in coaching for juniors and seniors, playing, liaising with the association. Without Amy this club would wither and die, she really deserves special recognition.

After that nomination, we wanted to have a further Q&A with Amy to really understand this legend.

How did you get into your chosen sport?

I never played a lot of sport as a child as my family moved house often due to my father’s work. My first attempt at playing club netball came in high school with the Barmera Netball Club but was short lived due to my lack of skills and commitment and it wasn’t until my adult years that I found a true love for the game.  This started out with playing a relaxed brand of social, mixed netball at Turramurra Recreation Centre, which was loads of fun!

Upon meeting my husband, I moved up to the Adelaide Hills and before I had even moved, unbeknown to me I had been already committed to the Charleston Netball Club (great recruiting there!). I had attended a wedding in which some of the guests at our table (who were Charleston netballers) found out I was moving to Woodside and that I play netball, my details were taken and in the coming weeks I got a phone call which was “practice starts on Wednesday”. This was back in 2004.

I have been with the club ever since as a player and in various other committee positions including becoming club president in 2016.

In 2014 I initiated the clubs first junior team for many years, which has given me lots of motivation for the ongoing future and growth of the club.

For me, it is a combination of the enjoyment of the game of netball itself but more importantly being a member of a team and enjoying the company of the people I play with which is why I love the sport. It doesn’t matter how good or bad you are it is always about teamwork and everyone having a go on the day.

Do you have a favourite brand, product, or range that you like to buy from SportsPower?

As I spend quite a bit of time either in the gym or on the court my favourite shoes are Asics and in particular Asics Women’s Kayano. These shoes are expensive but for comfort and performance I find them great value for the gym and running. I also prefer to wear them on the netball court however that does tend to wear the soles out faster!!

At the gym or at training I like to wear compression pants as these make me feel more “sporty” and get me in the zone. I have a few different brands but I tend to get the most use out of my Skins.

The Charleston Netball club tends to buy the majority of its Netball gear from SportsPower in Mt Barker such as its Gilbert Netballs due to its convenient location, great range and its support of netball in the Adelaide Hills.

What are some of your training tips?

Practice the basics and fitness, are probably my two tips. I don’t think you ever get too good at your skills that you don’t need to practice them and the quicker you get tired the more likely you are to make mistakes or not be able to keep up.

We constantly reinforce to our junior girls that repetitive ball drills might be boring, but even the seniors keep practising them.  We try to build running and fitness work into the training drills so that it feels like you are not doing too much running.

How do you stay motivated?

I have numerous things that help me stay motivated

  • My family and friends especially my two girls, stepson and my husband who support me every day and encourage me to do my best.
  • Exercise and trying to get physically fitter, which is now a big part of my life. Exercising makes me feel good about myself and helps me to manage my stress and I really miss it if I can’t get to a session.
  • My work, which has always been a passion of mine. Working in the environmental sector is both challenging, rewarding and keeps me grounded.

What’s your favourite quote/s?

I don’t really have any sporting quotes but here is one that I like

“Doing your best is better than being the best”.

Who is your sporting legend?

Probably because I really only took up the sport as an adult, I have no particularly sporting legends that I admire. My family didn’t watch or play a lot of sport when I was growing up. Now, I think that anyone who has a go and finds a sport they enjoy is a legend. I find inspiration in stories of those that have beaten the odds just to take part in their chosen sport. Equally, for small clubs like mine, the legends are the committee members, umpires and coaches that volunteer their time to keep our club alive.

Any more you can tell us about your story…

Given, I didn’t have the opportunity to play much sport as a child, it is important to me that others can have that opportunity. So that’s why I do what I do, ferry kids around, run training sessions and be a part of the committee. Netball has given me self-confidence, fitness, a sense of community as well as many long life friends.

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