Temi Olonisakin, fifth year medical student, is the Imperial College School of Medicine Netball Club (ICSM Netball) Captain 2017–18. This profile was produced for Diverse@Imperial 2018.

ICSM Netball team membersWhat do you love most about Imperial?

As a community itself, Imperial has people from a whole array of diverse backgrounds meaning our netball club has ladies from all parts of the world. Our club has members from Nigeria, Germany, Sweden, UK, India, Dubai, Portugal, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and so many more! The community here at Imperial encourage us to make the most of their opportunities and make sure we are supported in our goals – especially with campaigns like #ImperialGirlsCan!

What’s one thing about you that your Imperial colleagues might be surprised to learn about you?

It’s not just all about the sport for us ICSM Netball girls. Our club makes the most of the talents each of our members have to ensure we have a positive impact on our members and community. We run tutorials, educational peer-to-peer sessions and also volunteer as a club at local charities.

"When I came to Imperial I never imagined being part of such a diverse and loving club! As a first year seeing women from all different backgrounds lead the club gave me hope that one day, I could too. I’m extremely proud to say that I am the Club Captain of ICSM Netball Club as we really do represent women from all walks of life."

What does diversity mean to your club?

We all know too well that it is easy to feel like you don’t quite fit in when you start somewhere new. That is why at the top of the priority list is the welfare of all and every member of the club! We ensure that we support the incoming Year 1 students and make them feel at home through our ‘mums and dads’ scheme, by hosting a dinner for the committee to meet all the Freshers, as well as organising a social for the second years to meet the first years! We really are an incredibly diverse bunch, and that is what makes it so much more special to be part of the ICSM Netball family.