One for the team: Aimie Clydesdale
Pro basketballer Aimie Clydesdale shares how she stays healthy, motivated and on top of her game.
Success in any sport takes hard work and dedication. For Aimie Clydesdale, it’s all been well worth it. As point guard for the Dandenong Rangers, the 22-year-old is one of Australia’s players to watch, with a string of impressive stats already behind her and her passion for the sport as strong as ever.
Aimie made her Women's National Basketball League debut with the Dandenong Rangers in 2010. She has represented Australia in the FIBA World Championship tournaments, and in 2015 was selected for the Opals squad.
Here, she takes a break from the court to chat with us about wellbeing, working hard and sharing success with friends.
How did you get started playing basketball?
Growing up, both my brothers played basketball, so I always looked up to them and played with them in the backyard. Then I started on a school team. I was lucky enough to be around Dandenong so since then I’ve gone through their whole program from domestic to rep to SEABL to WNBL, so I’ve been really lucky.
What do you love most about the game?
The best thing about playing a team sport is definitely the people you get to meet and become friends with. Having teammates not only motivates you to be better and give your all, but any success you have is so much better when you have people to share it with. I’ve had some really good teams and made some lifelong friends out of it.
Basketball is great because it's an international sport. By the age of 16 I had been all around Australia playing tournaments, and by the age of 20 I had been around the world to play – Spain, France, China, Chile, New Zealand, South Korea. I will always be grateful for the experiences I’ve had because of basketball, for the places it has taken me, and the amazing people I have met.
"The best thing about playing a team sport is the people you meet. Any success is so much better when you have people to share it with."
What have been some of your career highlights so far?
Definitely making the under-17 and under-19 Australian teams, and then being selected for the Opals squad not long ago. Any time you get to put on the Australian uniform is always going to be a career highlight!
Who are some people who inspire you – professionally or personally?
My parents and my brothers have always been who I look up to. In terms of basketball, the Dandenong WNBL team always recruits really high calibre players, so more recently I’ve gotten to play with people like Cappie Pondexter and Penny Taylor, and they have really become my role models.
How do you approach healthy eating?
It’s all just about moderation. When you’re training, especially on game day and the day before a game, it’s really important to eat right. I usually have a good dinner the night before a game to carb load a little bit. On game day I usually eat chicken, potato and sweet potato – that’s my energy food leading into a game.
"On game day I usually eat chicken, potato and sweet potato – that’s my energy food."
When you’re not playing basketball, what other types of exercise do you enjoy?
I don’t really have time to play any other sports, but in terms of exercise I love pilates and going to the gym for weights – so strength training and core training.
How do you balance the demands of training and the rest of your life?
During WNBL we do some training every day. During the off season though I’m at uni, so there’s less load and it’s actually a good opportunity to get some balance and get my body right. I’m studying a double degree in science and education, so I’m going to be a secondary teacher one day when basketball finishes.
To relax, I love watching TV series – I have about 10 on the run at the moment! That’s definitely how I like to unwind.
What advice would you give to younger players?
Work hard and be patient. Not everything will come to you at once – you have to do your time. There are a lot of things in this game and this world that you can’t control, so don’t stress over that. Just do what you can.
Catch Aimie in action for the Jayco Dandenong Rangers when the 2016/17 WNBL season tips off this October.
Photography by Craig Francisco.
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