The most recent addition the Botanic Lab Champions' League is Amelia Buckland-Hurry, a 24-year-old athlete and professional rugby player and complete devotee to the sport. Amelia started playing rugby when she was 8 years old and joined the Premiership 4 years ago when she secured her position playing in the second row at Bristol Ladies. With 5 successful seasons under her belt, Amelia's sights are set on the International Team.
We caught up with Amelia to find out where she gets her drive.
BL: When did you realise you had a flair for rugby?
I started playing rugby at about 8. I had tried ballet and other sports, but I really wanted to be like my brother and dad, and join in with the fun and getting muddy! I was the only girl in my age group to start with, and I enjoyed playing with the boys until I was 12, but I really loved going up to the girl’s team and training with our local ladies side.
BL: Do you play any other sports?
When I was younger I tried a variety of sports - netball, football, karate, ballet when I was really small and even piano - but none of them stuck after finding rugby!
BL: What does your training regime consist of?
Rugby as a sport requires so many different attributes, so my training mirrors that really. We have squad sessions where we develop rugby specific skills, like our set piece, contact work and ball handling. Training outside of these sessions includes weight training, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, along with any injury prevention work too.
BL: How important is nutrition to your performance and overall wellbeing?
Nutrition is probably the most important part of performance and development; I’ve also found it one of the hardest things to get right. You have to have the right fuel to perform. When you are getting it right, it makes such a difference to performance.
BL: Who or what inspires you the most? During my time with Bristol ladies, I’ve had the opportunity to play alongside some amazing players. I have and will continue to learn so much from them, they are my inspiration really.
BL: What are your sporting goals?
I love playing for Bristol ladies, and it’s definitely a team goal to win the premiership, we were so painfully close to winning it last year. But personally it’s to play internationally for England. I played for the National academy last year against Spain, but being a full international is my dream.
BL: What is your definition of success?
Ultimately it would be reaching my goal of playing for England.
BL: And happiness?
Happiness for me would be to know I did everything I could to reach my goal. Even if I don’t get there, I think I could be content knowing I did everything I could have done.
BL: What is your training / life mantra?
I try really hard to focus on the things I can control – ie my personal preparation, including my personal training, nutrition/hydration and ultimately my attitude. In a team sport, where selection to be involved in any team, whether that’s Bristol or anything representative, is up to someone else - it’s really easy to obsess over decisions and selections. By trying to focus on myself and ticking all my personal boxes, it makes it easier to stay on track and motivated.
BL: Tell us one small thing you do that makes a big difference? I would say taking some time each day to relax and switch off. Working full time alongside all of the rugby, training and travel can make life quite hectic. By taking some amount of time, normally post training and when all my preparation is done for the next day to just relax and do something I really want to do makes you feel re charged.
BL: Favourite Botanic Lab drink?
PLANTMILK2 Chocolate Yerba Maté. The little cartons make them easy to transport, and keep in your gym bag for straight after training, and the chocolate makes it feel like a naughty treat!