For Foggo, with age comes peak performance

For Foggo, with age comes peak performance

In a few weeks, Richina Foggo will be turning 30.

Foggo is defying what some may see as a limitation in age. Currently, she is a current member of the SAIT Trojans women's basketball team playing in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and nothing is slowing her down.

Following graduation from Calgary's Sir Winston Churchill High School, where she participated in basketball, rugby and track and field, Foggo enrolled at the University of Calgary.

It was there, along with academia, that she pursued her interest in track and field, where she competed in sprints and relays for the Dinos.

Leaving university life in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree, she entered the world of fitness in the role of strength and conditioning coach.

In 2018 Foggo's life changed

"My aunt (Pearl Noël Foggo-Lamoreux) passed away after a 10-year battle with breast cancer," said Foggo. "I was devastated and asked myself, "What did I want to do with my life. What was my life all about?'

"I knew that I wasn't happy with life or work. I always thought I had unfinished business when it came to sport, and I knew that I could no longer compete in track as I did (due to hip injury), and I knew I still had (post-secondary athletic) edibility.

"With her passing and the perspective that I have only one life to live...I wanted to look back and say I got everything out of life."

With that in mind, Foggo contacted her old high school basketball coach, Ranbir Parmar, who, by chance, was now the head coach of the Trojans.

They lined up a tryout, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Taking her second shot at post-secondary sport

"The first practice when I told them (teammates) I was 29, they were pretty surprised. It is still kind of a joke on the team as they call me Granny, although I am probably faster than everybody. The experience was really scary at first, as I didn't really know if I could do it physically and mentally. Sometimes I struggle when things are not going my way, but the success is just putting myself out there."

Of her playing with teammates, some 11 years younger, she said: 'Honestly it is all mental. I don't recover as well as when I was 18, but the competitive edge and fire is still there. I work hard to stay young, and I don't sweat the small things anymore."

Foggo's friends added that "They are really proud. My friend, last night said, "You should be celebrating just by the fact that you are showing up."

Her father Richard Foggo and brother Shay Foggo are also basketball aficionados.

Shay suited up for the Trojans last year while Richard hit the courts at the University of Lethbridge back in the 1970s'. Richard is also recognized for his coaching contributions to the sport.

Of the advice her father gives her, Foggo responded: "He is always at me to be competitive. He yells from the stands when I miss easy shots, and he tells me to keep focused and have fun – but also to lead with kindness and softness. He always talks to me about setting goals and to have the discipline and have pride in what you have achieved."

Foggo has started 14 of 16 games this season while averaging 30.3 minutes per game.

Averaging 5.3 points per game, she is second in team rebounding at 8.9 per game.

Not bad for a Granny.