Ala Vailala

Ala plays sports in winter and summer.  She believes you have to get out of your comfort zone sometimes in sports, cause you might discover something that you love.  She embraces fear and uses it as an opportunity to challenge herself further – a truly brave girl! 

What physical activities do you currently do? 

I play netball socially in winter, and during summer play water polo and cricket. I also take part in the weekly HERA activity at my school

What advice would you give girls looking to get physically active? 

Don’t be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone.  I was never confident in the water and didn’t enjoy swimming, but when my science teacher suggested I join the school water polo team I gave it a shot.  Now I love swimming and anything water related

If it wasn’t for water polo I wouldn’t have become a qualified pool lifeguard and I wouldn’t have discovered my passion for the water

What do you think would make more girls take up sport and recreation? 

Motivation.  Get other girls who come from a similar background to you to take part in sports or activities with you.  It would hopefully create an environment where girls would be more likely to commit to the sport

Are there any sports/recreation activities you’d like to try? 

I’d really like to give surfing another go.  I’d also like to try squash – a sport I am not so familiar with – but I think I’d enjoy if I got the opportunity to learn about it.

Rock climbing – I have a horrible fear of heights, but I am all for getting over fears and I’d like to challenge myself with taking that on