On the weekend between the 4th and 6th of April, Phoenix SC’s swimmers participated for the first time in the International meets organised by the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta. The swimmers had been preparing insistently for months under the guidance of coach Catalin Stan and we were very proud to get six medals in our first official competition. One swimmer above all stole the limelight as Luke Camilleri Cuschieri managed to take 5 medals home in amazing feat of performance. Another up and coming swimmer, Matthew Borg Galea, took another silver in the 50m Fly competition, whilst all the other swimmers managed to improve considerably their personal best. This not only underlines the excellent work being done by coaches, swimmers and also our dedicated parents, but augurs well for the future of our club in the swimming sports. Here is the interview I had with Luke,
What can you tell us about you?
I am 16 years old and I am attending 1st year Junior College in Msida. I
am studying biology and marketing at A level and P.E, Physics and English
at Intermediate level. My aim is to become a massage therapist and/or a
physiotherapist. I personally believe that taking care of yourself by
being healthy is a principle that we should commit to. This is why sports
is so important to me.
How important is Swimming for you?
Swimming has developed my self-discipline and the importance that to
achieve one must put in a lot of effort. Swimming has increased my
self-confidence and it has also enabled me to increase my focus.
Why have you joined Phoenix SC, a new swimming club?
I joined Phoenix SC by chance. I requested to conduct my SOK (Systems Of
Knowledge) project at the Ta’ Qali Pool and that it where I met Coach
Stan. I was impressed by Catalin’s enthusiasm and energy for the sport and
I wanted to be part of his team. I am very happy to have made this
decision and I thank Coach Stan for believing in me.
What is your opinion of Phoenix SC Swimming team?
Phoenix SC is a young club and this creates an exciting environment. The
fact that we are a small group gives the club a ‘home’ feeling which I
like very much. The swimmers are very supportive and encourage each other.
What is your experience from the International Meet last weekend?
For my first ever International Meet, I am very happy that the results
were a reflection of the improvement that I was observing during training.
I have been training for the past 5 months and I improved my clockings
since the last time trials. It was great to obtain medals for 5 out of 6
events that I participated in. A very big “thank you” goes to all the
team, Coach Stan, the club management and the parents for their support.
Special thanks goes to my mum who ‘gets’ me to the training sessions on
time (and for keeping me well fed too).
What are your future swimming goals?
My future goals would be to continue improving such that I will be called
to join Malta’s top swimmers (National Team) and also to experience