Off-court, Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Peace Proscovia is scoring goals in all facets of life.
Proscovia recently graduated with a graduate certificate in business research.
This certificate is just one of many qualifications she has earned away from professional sport, which include a diploma in Development studies from Nkumba University in Uganda, a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Uganda Christian University and a Master of Science in Marketing from Loughborough University.
She spoke about how good it was to have graduated.
“It feels awesome,” she said.
“I am so lucky to have finished my post-graduate certificate in business research.
“I would just like to thank the Sports High Performance department for their support and the University of Sunshine Coast for giving me the opportunity.
It was Proscovia’s background that led her down this path, and a desire to study at the highest level.
“I’ve always wanted to study to the highest level,” she said.
“When I came over to Sunshine Coast Lightning, and they gave me the option to study a post graduate certificate in business research, as a pathway for a PHD.
“I feel privileged.
“As well, what just made me do it is a desire to study at the highest level to plan for the future beyond sport.”
A PHD would be yet another string to Proscovia’s bow, but, Proscovia said, “I had to put it on hold because of the other commitments I have.”
Nevertheless, the recent qualification will still have strong uses in the environment Proscovia wishes to move into after professional sport.
“I think this will help me understand my role in the marketing environment and how competitive it is,”
“Having business research skills will help me in the marketing environment.”
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With this, and the amount of sporting commitments Proscovia has, being a mainstay of the Sunshine Coast Lightning, among other things, things need to be prioritized.
Proscovia gave some advice on what works for her.
“All the degrees I have acquired in my life I have acquired them while playing basketball and netball,” she said.
“I think the most important thing if you are trying to achieve at the highest level, and if you have a passion for something then you have to sacrifice time.”
“The first thing I did [when starting this course] was come up with a schedule and follow my schedule strictly and that was what helped me.
From scoring goals in all facets of life off the court to (hopefully) scoring them once again on court, Proscovia is ready to take to the court again.
But the Lightning will be without Ashlee Unie for the season, a massive blow for the club.
“For the season to come I feel that I am well prepared, and I am just taking it one day at a time,” she said.
“It’s sad that we lost Ash Unie at this stage of the league, [but] what I can say is the future is still bright from her side.
“Getting back to the team, losing Ash that’s obviously a big blow, but we are confident that we are able to carry on.
“It’s just the game of sport. Sometimes unpredictable circumstances come.
“[it’s] definitely not easy losing her, we feel the pain and we wish she was in this team.”
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