Name: Diana Voynova
Team: Team Northumbria
Signature Play: Power dribble/drop step to the basket. But I’m probably best known for offensive rebounding/ put backs.
Twitter address: @DVoynova
How did you get into basketball? Funny story…I wanted to play volleyball but back when I started, in my hometown there was only one arena used for both basketball and volleyball. Monday, Wednesday and Friday was volleyball and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday was basketball.. I simply went the wrong day and instead of volleyball, there was a basketball practice. My mom, who took me, convinced me to try since I was already there. I never went to a volleyball training afterwards. My mom still refers to that day as the best mistake I have ever made!
Do you have any superstitions or rituals before you play? I always pray before games.
What has been your best basketball memory so far? Ahhh, hard to pick but it would be between beating Ohio State with my college team when they were ranked 5th in the NCAA (2010-11) and winning the National Cup with Team Northumbria in 2014.
Favourite basketball arena? To play at would be Palumbo Centre (Duquesne University Arena) but otherwise American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat home arena)
What sports do you enjoy outside of basketball and who do you follow/support? I love watching volleyball and I follow the Bulgarian National Team (men), also I watch tennis – I like Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, and Serena Williams
Who would you want to play you in a film of your life? Gabrielle Union
Fast-fire favourites of your please – song, movie, drink, day of the week, colour, number, city! Song – ‘I made it’ (Kevin Rudolf), Drink – Wine (Moscato), Saturday – It’s Game Day, Colour – Green, Number – 6, city – Pernik (my hometown in Bulgaria)
What would be your perfect weekend? A getaway/ road trip with my friends, preferably somewhere warm! I love travelling and I try to do it every opportunity I have.
You cook a meal for your coach – what would it be and why? I’d make him tacos – every time I have been to his house I’ve had tacos, so I know he likes them. Also I’d definitely make sure there are few cold beers in the fridge for him!
Who or what makes you laugh? Usually that would be my best friend – Ta’Yani Clark, but also Tyler Perry’s Madea (all of them).
Who and/or what do you find really annoying? People who brag too much. Actions speak louder than words!
You win millions in a competition – who do you tell first and why, what do you buy first and why? First, I will tell my parents, then I will organise a nice long holiday to South America.
If you didn’t play basketball, what other sport would you like to be a pro in and why? Definitely Tennis – I’ve always enjoyed watching tennis, but unfortunately I am not very good at it.
Finally, tell us something hardly anybody or nobody knows about you? My guilty pleasure is Country Music – I blame this to my time in Mississippi ha,ha!