EXCLUSIVE: Woodlawn Post Caught Up With Farhiya Abdi After Signing In The WNBA
With some of the brightest talent from around Scandinavia in town for the International Youth Tournament and Nordic Championships(Under 16 and 18)this weekend in Solna, Sweden, Woodlawn Post’s Andrew Mitchell caught up with another notable rising star in Farhyia Abdi(first Somalian to be drafted) of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks for a quick interview.
They discussed being drafted into the WNBA, signing a 4-year deal and playing alongside her favorite player(Candace Parker) and her advice to those who are trying to obtain their own personal goals.
AM: How does it feel to be drafted at #13 in the second round of the WNBA Draft for the Los Angeles Sparks?
FA: “It feels really good, but I’m still shocked about it and I have no words for it actually but it feels really really good(big smile on her face). It’s big time.
AM: What are your plans now? Will you play with the Swedish National team?
FA: “I just signed a 4 year deal with the Los Angeles Sparks. I’ m going to start off with the National team which starts today and then I’m going to play the European Championships with the Under 20. Then next summer I will go on a try out with the Los Angeles Sparks. But the season starts in two weeks with the Sparks I think. I will go there(Los Angeles, California) in July and meet the coaches, players and staff and practice a bit.”
AM:What will it be like to play alongside of your favorite player in Candace Parker?
FA: “I’m going to be nervous as hell, but it’s going to be really cool to play with her. I’m really looking forward to playing with her.”
AM: What are your goals once you reach the WNBA and the Sparks?
FA: “My goal is to work my way up, because I’m still young(19 years old soon to be 20).My goal was to play in the WNBA within five years. So yes, continue to work my way up.
AM: What advice do you have for someone trying to obtain or reach goals in their respective profession?
FA: “Just work hard and trust in yourself and again work hard.”
To stay in touch with Farhiya and her career, check her out on her web page www.farhiyaabdi.com.
(Interview conducted and written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post)
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