‘It’s important to stay in touch’ says Scotland Women skipper

Scotland Women captain Rachel Malcolm insists it is important to stay connected during the Coronavirus lockdown. 

The back-row joined her international colleagues on Zoom earlier this week to take part in a virtual training session put together by number eight Jade Konkel. 

And yesterday (Wednesday), to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, she spoke about the need to stay in touch as much as possible while we all abide by the social distancing and lockdown restrictions in place. 

“It is really tough because that is your social group and that is a big part of why you play team sport – the relationships you build,” Malcolm said when asked how tough it was for any team sports athlete to be isolating alone. 

“To suddenly stop is obviously very difficult.  We are lucky in the time we are in that we can be in touch through FaceTime, Zoom or whatever. 

As a squad we have been putting a conscious effort into doing that. Jade Konkel has been running weekly sessions for the whole squad and that has been really well attended and a good way to keep the girls interacting and pushing forward with our goals. 

“We are not a squad you need to chase in terms of getting people to train and things like that but it was really good go check in with everyone and check they are okay. “

Image caption: Rachel Malcolm (left) belts out Flower of Scotland during Scotland’s Autumn Internationals. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson

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