U.K based netball club, Loughborough Lightning re-signed Uganda She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia for the next two years, a deal which will keep her at the club till 2019.
In a detailed up-close interview, Peace extracted from the Loughborough Lightning website, the 27-year-old Goal Shooter who stands at 6.3ft discusses her Masters education, personal life, World Cup experience, training regime, career aspirations, and adjustment to life in the United Kingdom.
Congratulations on being selected for Loughborough Lightning for the third year running! How does it feel to be part of a star-studded line-up for the 2017 season?
I am overwhelmed with joy and humbled for being given this opportunity. I’d like to thank the Loughborough Lightning team for the faith, belief and trust that they have shown for the time I have been here.
You were one of the stars of the Netball World Cup in 2015. What have you learnt from playing at this level
My input at the World Cup was largely a result of the training I’ve done with Loughborough Lightning. The most important thing in my career has been to understand the science and art behind netball which I got from coming to Loughborough.
You’re originally from Uganda. How are you finding living overseas?
Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that someone of my background can make it to this level! Living overseas is interesting, especially getting to grips with a new culture and the people however we seem to share a love for sport.
— Lboro Lightning NSL (@LboroLightning) January 27, 2017
What are your aims for this year?
To make it to the NSL Final
As a shooter, how many shots do you put up each week?
Approximately 500 – 700 shots.
Talk us through a typical training day….
Training days are the most interesting of all! It starts with gym in the morning, shooting sessions in the afternoon and ends with team training.
You’re currently studying MSc Marketing at Loughborough University. Are you enjoying it?
I am enjoying it because my ambition has always been to study at a university that has a good reputation in both academia and sport.
Graduating with a masters degree from Loughborough University will be my greatest achievement outside of netball.
How do you balance being a student with playing netball?
It comes down to having a well planned schedule and following it strictly.
How did you get into netball?
My PE teacher identified a hidden talent in me. My passion for the game and being inspired by elite athletes drove me to pursue a career in netball.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have numerous highlights, including being the Gilbert Netball Ambassador for Africa, the first African to play the England Vitality Superleaque, World Cup appearance, 2015, Captain for Uganda national senior netball team, 2013, Overall best sports personality for Uganda, 2014
What do you get up to when you’re not playing netball, or studying of course?
I go to Church or spend time at home relaxing.
What do you want to do once you’ve finished playing netball?
I want to have a good job and also coach netball.
Tell us three words to describe yourself…
Easy going, hardworking and persistent!
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
Not really but I always have moments of prayer, asking God to take charge of the task ahead of me.
One final question: can you tell our fans an interesting and random fact about yourself?
When I first came to Loughborough I did not know how to use a microwave!