Athlete Profile: Ramla Abdalla

You don’t have to know Ramla well to be aware of how passionate she is about sports at WCI. You almost never see her in the halls without her gym bag slung over her shoulder. She’s been a three-sport athlete for the majority of her time at WCI. She’s been playing basketball and rugby since grade nine and has been the basketball captain team since her first year and the rugby captain for the past two years. She played on the volleyball team for the first time last year because she’s just that kind of athlete. She’d never touched a volleyball before the first tryout.

The upcoming basketball season might prove to be a challenging one. When asked about it she said, “We have a really young team. Everyone is in grade eleven. Beating the top two teams, Waterloo Oxford and KCI, is going to be tough.” But she’s optimistic and has fond memories of the past seasons. “Last year was our last season together and we did well,” she says, speaking about her teammates Emma C. and Victoria G. who have both graduated. “We went to CWOSSA and won most of our games. It’s just crazy how much we improved together,” she continues. She credits much of her success to Coach Nickel, who recently went on to coach the women’s basketball team at the University of Waterloo. She says, “When I went into Senior basketball I honestly still did not know how to play basketball but he pushed me. He’s had a big impact on my family, too. He’s helped us out a lot. He’s like a coach plus a friend.”

Ramla is also hopeful about the rugby season in the spring. “For rugby, we actually didn’t do that badly last year. It’d be nice to win some more games. We just need to work on playing as a team and really wanting to win,” she says. As for her future, that’s still up in the air. But one thing she’s certain about is playing sports. “I’m hoping to play either rugby or basketball in post-secondary but I don’t know where I want to go or what I want to do.”

When asked what advice she would give to her grade nine self she says, “To not suck! [laughs] I was so bad in grade nine. I would probably tell myself to not worry so much about what other people thought and to just focus on improving. I’d also tell myself to really appreciate those special moments of being on a team and to take it all in as it’s happening. I’m really going to miss it when it’s all over.” If her passion for the sports through words is indicative of her ability, Ramla is bound to do great things athletically this year.