Andrew Sullivan – Basketball
Andrew Sullivan is a British professional basketball player. He plays for Leicester Riders and captains the Great Britain national team.
What made you want to become an athlete?
I found a sport that I loved and wanted to get to the top of my game.
What has been your proudest moment to date?
Becoming captain of the Great Britain men’s basketball team.
What does your typical day involve?
I usually train twice a day – once in the morning and then again in the evening.
Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?
My family – my wife and two little girls.
What do your friends and family think about what you do?
They are all extremely proud of me.
How did you get to where you are today?
I went to the United States of America on my own when I was 16 years old to go to high school and then university. After graduating I then became a professional basketball player.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?
I would tell them that the pathway that I took isn’t the only way to get to where I am today. I’d also explain to them that my choice of path wasn’t the easiest but I am proud of what I have achieved and the life that I have developed for myself.
How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?
I really use sports science theory and techniques a lot when I am training with the Great Britain team – it really is essential.
Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?
Science has definitely enabled me to improve my strength and conditioning. I started working with a strength and conditioning coach a couple of years ago and everything that we do in basketball is related.
What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?
I enjoy listening to music and playing with my children.
Have there been any embarrassing moments?
Shooting an air ball from the front line in an international game!