Our Student Athletes
- Team Bo+Tee
Interested in taking up a new sport but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to just the right place! We caught up with 5 of our Bo+Tee student ambassadors who like to keep sporty while they study. They spoke to us about balance, outfits, motivation, energy-fuelling meals and more, to give you the ultimate tips for starting a new fitness club.
Keep scrolling below to find out what our student athletes said and how you can become your best sporty self. Trust us when we say; you don’t want to miss this…
#1. Tell us a little bit about your journey with sports. How did you end up doing tennis?
I have always been a very sporty person and have been involved in team sports from a young age. I started playing tennis when I was 4 so naturally I joined the Tennis team once I got accepted at my University.
#2. What advice would you give to a new student who wanted to start a campus sport?
Don’t be afraid to go to try-outs! Everybody is there for the same reason so don’t let fear stop you from joining a sports team at Uni. Also don’t limit yourself to only trying out for one sport. If you can’t choose between sports then go to multiple try-outs and see which one you enjoy best.
Have an open mind and talk to as many people as possible, try-outs and sport teams are a great place to meet new people.
#3. How do you balance studying with your sport?
Planning ahead can be very helpful when it comes to balancing sports and studying. However, especially during exam time, it can be difficult to balance studying and sports. Yet, I have always found that going to Tennis training helps me keep a good balance between keeping physically active and studying.
It is always important to take breaks from studying and playing a sport is a perfect opportunity to clear your head.
#1. Tell us a little bit about your journey with sports. How did you end up doing cheerleading?
I joined cheerleading in my first year of Uni as a way of making friends and joining a social circle. Me and my friend wanted something enjoyable to be part of, so we auditioned for some teams and took part in the organised socials every week. It was so fun to be part of a group of lovely girls.
#2. What’s your go-to Bo+Tee look for before, during and/or after cheerleading?
My favourite thing to wear is a pair of comfortable biker shorts and a crop top. The shorts make it easy to take part in the stunts, my position is a base so it’s great for the squatting technique. Overall the Bo+Tee outfit gives me room to move around, be comfortable and also feel good. I get lots of compliments from the girls on all the different colour sets I wear!
#3. What self-confidence tips would you give to students who are aspiring to become cheerleaders?
Don’t be afraid to go out and get involved, even if it’s just you! A lot of the time most of the people wanting to join a team are all in the same boat, looking to make friends and just have a fun time. The sport is easy to learn and ranges from casual exercise and socialising to much more competitive standards, depending on what you’d prefer.
#1. Tell us a little bit about your journey with sports. How did you end up doing athletics and cross country?
I’ve always had a passion for sport. When I was 9/10 years old I would be in the pool 5/6 times a week and just loved training. When I was at school, around year 7, they were advertising for a local cross country race and I’d loved doing run races in primary school so decided to sign up. I ended up finishing 2nd place and moving onto further rounds within the competition and just loved every single moment!!
Fast forward a year from then and I was constantly at the running track training with the most supportive coach and a great group of runners and just haven’t stopped since! Since being at university that passion has only continued and being a part of the societies and representing my university are some of my favourite moments.
#2. How much sleep do you, as a student athlete, need to feel on your A-game?
Sleep is definitely something I’ve struggled with balancing between university and training! But I always try to get 8-9 hours as this is when I feel my best for training!
#3. How do you stay motivated?
Some days I am definitely more motivated than others! When it’s 0 outside and you’ve got an 1hr run or big session to get done it can be tough. I’m lucky that currently I train with an inspiring and strong group of girls with a coach to keep us on the right track and this really keeps me motivated!!! My family and friends are also so supportive of my journey and their support really helps me stay motivated.
But I would have to say my biggest motivation comes from seeing progress week on week, tackling sessions and that feeling after I’ve pushed myself past my limits!!
#1. Tell us a little bit about your journey with sports. How did you end up doing netball?
I started playing high five netball in primary school and progressed to my senior school team. Outside of school I was part of the RAFAC (air cadets) where I worked my way from squadron level, to wing and eventually region for Wales and West England. I’m now a part of Leeds University Medics and Dentists Netball club and get the opportunity to play in social and competitive games.
#2. What’s your go-to energy fuelling meal before a netball game?
Always pasta! Hot or cold, any type and any shape hehe.
#3. What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about the sport?
My favourite part is the competitiveness within the team and how we work together and swap positions to adapt to a game. My least favourite is the stick we get for it being easy, as you can’t travel with the ball.
#1. Tell us a little bit about your journey with sports. How did you end up doing pole dancing?
I actually got involved in Pole after a history of dance classes whilst growing up. The idea of combining dance, strength & flexibility really appealed to me as a new challenge, and after one trial session I fell in love with it!
#2. What’s your go-to Bo+Tee look for before, during and/or after pole dancing?
I love wearing a matching set of colourful Bo+Tee joggers & a hoodie to and from Pole classes, as it’s a super cosy & casual look that I can wear on top of my pole shorts.
#3. What are your 3 top tips for pole dancing beginners?
Tip 1: Training your upper body in the gym will really help you out with certain poses & going upside down.
Tip 2: Wearing a cute fit will make you feel more confident, this really helps you get into the class.
Tip 3: Don’t be afraid to fail a pose or movement. No one is there to judge you so just have fun with it!
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