Meet Naomi Dilla
Naomi found new ways to be confident and less self-conscious through sport! As part of This Girl Can week, Naomi tells us why she feels it's important for women to be well-represented in sport and engaged in physical activity.
Year of study: Postgraduate
Course studied: MSc Biomedical Science
Volleyball, Basketball, Trampolining - I try to make it once a week for each
I have always been very self-conscious of my weight and body type; and little awkward too. Being able to participate in sports through Play for fun has made me a little more confident about my body and excited about exercise.
I still have the one-off nightmare about jumping through the trampoline and breaking it¸ but now I know it can’t happen since I actually tried!
Do you think it is important for women to be well represented in sport? (Why)
Yes I do. There should be opportunity and provision made in every sport for women, not only as athletes’ but coaches and other positions also. The physical and psychological benefits of women’s participation in sports have been well established.
What are the benefits sport and physical activity can offer to people?
I think it can help us to keep fit and contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Since Play for fun doesn’t have the added pressure winning or getting trophies, I find myself laughing and smiling more while participating and long after I’ve gotten home, no matter how exhausted I am.
What would you say to someone who is hesitating to try a new sport or activity?
It never hurts to try! There are so many different activities every day across all the campuses, you have your pick. The first day is the hardest, but it gets so much better! I’m still learning the basics for my sports, but there’s people at each session that are just there to help and give us the support we need.
Do you have a female role model that you most identify with and why?
I have so many! To pick just one is quite hard, but I will have to choose my Mum. She did a fantastic job raising me which I guess was not easy. She has always encouraged me to be active and participate when I can, I’m glad I took her advice!
Meet Naomi Dilla
- Category: Sport