Roz Purcell visits her old school for Operation Transformation and tells students 'my biggest regret was giving up basketball'
Model Roz Purcell donned her dancing shoes for Operation Transformation this week and visited her old school for the show’s It’s Your Move campaign.
Roz danced with the students at her old school, the Loreto Convent in Clonmel, to a fitness workout created by hip hop sensations Raw Edge Crew.
The stylish model, who has her own successful range of women's suits, is famously fit and admits to working out up to twice a day to keep her famous figure.
And she told the teenagers at her local school that her “biggest regret” so far was giving up basketball in fifth year.
“First, second, third year, I literally played on every sports team I could. Camogie, basketball, tennis, football.
“Why I really wanted to go back was because I gave up basketball in fifth year and, still to this day, it is my biggest regret. It was my favourite sport and I don’t know really why I gave it up. I think I let study and everything get on top of me.”
“Then when I went to college I kept saying ‘I will definitely take it back up’ but I was a little overwhelmed because, coming up to UCD, a lot of the girls who were on the team were also on the Irish team so I felt a bit inferior. It was a little bit daunting after not playing it for two years. I said that to the girls, that my biggest regret actually was giving up basketball. I don’t know why I did,” she said.
Roz is the third Irish female celebrity to return to her school for the It’s Your Move campaign.
“To be able to go back to my school and do that was very special. A lot of girls do take up team sports but at around that age they tend to drop it for other ‘more important’ things like being popular and boys!”
“It is nice to go back and show them that keeping up fitness is such an important thing,” she said.
Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas was the first celebrity to kick off the campaign with a visit to her old school, St Leo’s College in Carlow. Llast week, international footballer Stephanie Roche returned to Holy Child Community College in Sallynoggin, Co Dublin.
The It’s Your Move campaign is aimed specifically at girls at secondary school level.
It is estimated that 80 per cent of young girls are not getting enough exercise, with some inactive for as much as 20 hours a day.
RTE says Operation Transformation is trying to tackle the issue by encouraging young girls to get fit and stay active "by doing what comes naturally to them: dancing".
Operation Transformation airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays on RTÉ One at 8.30pm.