Being a Student Athlete- An Interview with Kira Jones
Kira Jones has just finished her first year at university, during which she tried her hand at lacrosse, with impressive results. I wanted to find out how taking up a new sport has impacted her and her studies.
Why did you take up lacrosse?
I started playing lacrosse when I joined university as I had seen it in films and wanted to join a team sport. I trained recreationally three times a week from October until March, where I was asked to join the 3’s team. I trained with the team twice a week and played in the final matches of the season.
Does being a student athlete increase or reduce your stress levels?
It definitely reduces my stress levels. Training really helps me switch off from work and just focus on improving my game and getting fit.
What have you learnt about yourself through lacrosse?
I’ve learned that I’m very vocal! I play in defence which requires a lot of communication.
Does being an athlete help you in other areas of life?
Joining the lacrosse team has helped me meet more like minded people. I have met some really good friends through this sport!
What is your favourite thing about being part of a team?
I love being a part of a team as it makes me feel I am contributing to something more. I love the bond of team mates that put in time together on and off the pitch.
Kira Jones, interviewed by Anna Doughty