by Sivitha Boyce (guest blog) on
3rd August 2012
With the success of our Football Ferns in the Olympics we
were keen to hear how young sports enthusiasts feel about the
Our interview with Sivitha Boyce gets her views on success,
inspiration and what 'being brave' means to her.
Sivitha is a young woman going places and one day hopes to play
for the New Zealand Football Ferns.
Here's what Sivitha had to say:
1: What first attracted you
to the game of football?
I was first introduced to the sport
through my older siblings. Watching them play while I was young
made me want to play as well. I broke my arm twice when I was
finally old enough to get registered at my local club which meant I
had a two year delay on playing. This made me look forward to the
season when I could finally play just like the rest of my family
2: In a previous
interview you mentioned that you draw inspiration from Rio
Ferninand because he keeps calm on the field. Do you have any
female role models?
In the current NZ Football Ferns I
admire Katie Hoyle. Although she does not play the same position as
me, she is calm and composed. She works hard for the team and this
is always evident when she plays. Hoyle is always so determined on
and off the field and influences me to look up to her as
my role model to try and mimic her work ethic.
3: Have you had to overcome
any hurdles to reach your current success?
A few hurdles this year have been
due to injury. Continuous ankle injuries have meant that I have
been unable to play every game to the best of my ability. Working
through rehabilitation, and focusing on managing my injuries have
been small hurdles along the way.
4: Your dream is to
play for the All Whites; what steps are you taking to get
I want to take advantage of every
opportunity that I come across for the benefit of my personal
improvement. Working hard both in training and away from the
football environment will help me to improve as a player also. For
now I am taking small steps towards the big ideal goal.
5: What makes the
Young Football Ferns stand out from their
The team culture makes us stand out
because it is very positive. Having a positive environment where we
enjoy being in each other's company makes playing
alongside each other easier. On the field we are able to
communicate well, making tactical plays more successful. Building a
good relationship with one another has made combination plays work
well, therefore the opposition find it harder to defend and retain
the ball in their possession.
6: The centre back's
main job is to repel the attacks of the opposing team and get the
ball out of the danger zone. What skills that you have learned in
this position that you can use in your daily
While defending, staying focused
and consistent within the formation and shape of the team are
important to keeping the opposition from scoring. This can be
translated into daily life because in order to accomplish something
or take steps to improvement, it will take consistency on
my behalf. The will to keep trying and persisting is very important
7: What does being
'Brave' mean to you?
Being brave to me means showing
courage and not being afraid of things that can potentially make me
feel uncomfortable or out of place. It means that I am able to face
difficult challenges and situations to overcome them- turning
negativity into something positive. In terms of football being
brave can mean going in for a big tackle or even just giving
encouragement to another team member.
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