As part of the collaboration between Sportiw and the adidas Breaking Barriers Project, we interviewed Justine Pina, one of the winners of the first edition of the contest. As part of an initiative to give a real boost to women in sports, Justine sat down with us to share about her inspiring career, her thoughts on women’s basketball, and her experience with the adidas Breaking Barriers Project.
Can you tell us about your beginnings in basketball?
After starting your career in France, you went to play in Italy. What differences do you see in terms of play?
How do you manage the balance between your academic/personal life and basketball?
What is your opinion on the current state of women's basketball?
We feel more media coverage of women’s sport. In fact, brands are starting to sponsor woman athletes, which is encouraging. Nevertheless, financially, it is complex to get a correct salary to live only on your passion. It is very common to have a second job next door, which can create bigger fatigue over the season. From a general point of view, mentalities must continue to evolve in order to allow better prospects for players.
Have you ever felt the inequality between men and women in basketball?
Inequality is a recurring subject in many fields of activity. Currently, to say that I have never felt inequalities between women and men would be a lie, but staying fixed on it is not psychologically interesting either.
What advice would you give to young girls who aspire to play basketball?
What is your opinion of adidas Breaking Barriers?
The adidas Breaking Barriers Project is a great start to help the development of women’s sports!
The adidas Breaking Barriers Academy to train coaches is an excellent tool. In other professional sectors, continuous training to develop is common. Although it also exists in the field of basketball, it is not as widespread. Even if training camps have been organized in recent years, adoption depends on the receptivity of the coaches. If the French Federation of Basketball gives its support, it will have an even greater impact.
Thank you to Justine for sharing her experience with us, and we wish her every success in the future!