Student Athlete Profile- Monambi Wiya

What is your sport?

Ultimate Frisbee

How many hours per week do you spend training/playing?

10 or more hours a week

What study are you undertaking at ANU? What year of study are you in? 

I am in my second year of a PPE/Law degree at ANU.

How do you juggle the commitments of playing sport and studying?

I find playing ultimate is a nice break from studying. Sometimes the perfect balance is tough to find but I’m definitely better off for the sport I play.

Does sport assist you in your academic pursuits?

I definitely think it does. If I couldn’t play some sort of sport or do some sort of physical activity, I think I would definitely find it harder to concentrate on studying.

Greatest sporting achievement.

Winning a bronze medal at my first unigames this year with the ANU Disc team was great. I also enjoyed winning a bronze medal with the ACT side at the 2016 U-22 Championships.

What is your long term sporting goal?

I want to become the best ultimate player I can.

Who has had the greatest influence on your sporting career thus far?

I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of supportive and encouraging figures over my sporting career. In terms of ultimate, the coach of the ACT u22 side Anson Chun has given me a lot of opportunities and insight into the game. A lot of the veteran players at Fyshwick United have also taught me a lot about ultimate.

Who is your sporting idol & why?

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs. He is a team player who puts in a lot of hard work and remains humble despite winning numerous accolades and being a dominant force on the court.

Any superstitions or unusual game day preparations?

I like to wear a specific set of socks at tournaments.

Tell us something interesting or fascinating about yourself

I once played the part of Bottom (the character whose head gets turned into that of a donkey) in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Favourite Music Artist:

Dave Brubeck

If you found yourself on Masterchef and had to cook one dish to win it all, what would your specialty dish be:

I’d blow them away with my homemade pizza.