We catch up with the versatile Hatters’ forward, with the Spanish star winning rave reviews for her displays during the maiden WBBL campaign.
Name: Estela Royo
Team: Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters
Signature Play: Anything feisty and aggressive!
Twitter address: @EstelaRoyo
Why did you choose basketball? When I was eight-years-old, my teacher encouraged me to play basketball because I was tall and fast and 21 years later, I continue loving basketball.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals before you play? I usually try to have a good diet and good rest before games. I like to do everything in order to be able to give my best.
What has been your best basketball memory so far? Fortunately I have many sweet basketball moments. But especially when I was a junior and 23-24 years old, playing with amazing basketball moments and people. But I hope to finish this year with yet another one!
What would be your perfect weekend? Usually I love traveling, but at this moment I would like something quiet and relaxing on the beach, with warm sunshine, good food, my boyfriend, family and friends.
At school your best subjects are/were and your worst are/were? My best subjects were in sports and economics and my worst was English (ha,ha) and therefore I am here in the UK now!
You have one song, one movie, one drink, one type of food and three famous people to live with you on a desert island – what and who do you choose? Oh! I am terrible with these things! The three people would be someone help me survive like Bear Grylls, someone funny like Will Smith and my favorite sports player, Pablo Aguilar! I would be like a queen. One drink would be water (as I do not want to die of thirst), one type of food would be any kind of meat. As for one movie and one song? Come on, are you seriously saying there is a TV and other electronics on the island?
Which of your team-mates has the best and worst fashion and musical tastes? The best is Skye, but it is because she is very lucky with her housemate and she copies her music! The worst Maria – she is from Mallorca and loves Mallorca´s music. The music is very bad, but the island is paradise. I am therefore still good to go with her to Mallorca in the summer, ha ha!
Who or what makes you laugh? I love all funny people.
Who and/or what do you find really annoying? People who always have problems and everything is an issue. We have to enjoy our lives more!
The Harlem-shake and the ice-bucket challenge – did you experience either? No, I didn´t, but I have no shame about that!
What other sports/sportspeople do you like and/or which other teams do you follow and support? Really I am not very fanatical when it comes to supporting teams as I like to play sport, not watch it as I like the competition. However, I am a crazy fan of my sister Beatriz Royo, who plays in Stadium Casablanca of Zaragoza (Spanish League) and I follow Valencia Basket (especially Pablo Aguilar ) and also Cai Zaragoza.
Your coach is coming round for dinner and you have to cook (no excuses) what would you make them? I know she is vegetarian so “Risotto with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts” and a nice white wine (from Spain of course). Vanessa you are invited!
Tell us something hardly anybody or nobody knows about you – a secret crush, special talent or anything at all! When I was little, I did gymnastics (because of my friends) even though I am actually the least flexible person in the world. The coach would always put me behind because I was the tallest and while I wasn´t very good, I just smiled a lot – lol!
Finally I appreciate the work of Sheffield Hatters, Barking Abbey and the WBBL for their incredible work! I am really having a nice experience in the UK. The basketball in England is becoming more and more important thanks to the effort of these people and clubs.
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite UK Basketball Lovers to Pablo Aguilar’s Summer Basketball Camp, from 25 June to 01 July 2015. I will be there with English coaches such as Vanessa Ellis (Sheffield Hatters), Rikki Broadmore (Barking Abbey) and Ariel Parrucci (City of Sheffield Saints) along with professional players of the ACB, NBA and Liga Femenina. Go to www.pabloaguilar.eu