And is that the advice that you’d give to young girls who want to get into professional sport?
I’d say just focus on yourself and push yourself to be the best you can be. Not to get caught up in what other girls and what other players are doing. It’s all about you, what you’re doing and the effort that you put into your career.
If you had three exercises to do on the go, what would they be?
Definitely squats. If I’m on the road and I just have a band in my bag I always do wide-stance squats. And I love a plank as it works my core; it’s good for tall girls, doing a plank, because it doesn’t put any pressure on your spine. My third exercise would be just getting up and moving around – going for a walk or a run. I go crazy if I don’t go for a walk or a run; I need to get my cardio these days, so I always try to start my day with some cardio.
On a very different note, how did you get into DJing?
I’ve always had a love for music – my mum was a dancer and my dad was a DJ – I was literally made/born in the club. I was raised on house music. I have friends that were like, “We need to hurry up and teach you how to DJ, because it’s getting ridiculous”. So it just grew from that.
What kind of music did your dad play?
I think it was lots of house and hip-hop.
You’re opening for Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea soon – are you excited?
Yeah, it’s the WNBA All Star weekend, so it will be really fun. It’ll be fun to show everyone what I can do other than basketball. It’s a massive gig so it’s going to be pretty exciting.
Is there an artist you hope to open for one day?
There’s not anyone that I’m looking to work with; it’s more major festivals and taking my career to another level. Once I’m done with basketball, it’s something that I do want to focus on. Right now, I’m just taking it as it comes, but basketball is still my number one at the moment.
How do you keep your mental health in check?
I think, especially when I was younger and living overseas all alone, my mental health really did struggle. I think it’s important to find friends, or even a counsellor, someone you connect with and you can talk to. You need to find someone that can check on you to make sure you’re OK; it really helped me. But at the end of the day, if you’re feeling really bad, the best thing you can do is get professional help and see a counsellor.
That’s great advice. Is there one piece of advice you’ve been given in your life that you live by?
When I was a teenager, I had a coach who would always tell us “happy healthy, healthy happy”. If you’re feeling good, you’re happy, and when you’re happy and pretty healthy, you feel good. It’s all about looking after both your mental and physical health, because they’re both a balance. If one’s lacking, it’s going to bring you down, so it’s about making sure that you keep things balanced. It will keep you in a good state of mind.
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