Good morning dear readers, welcome to our 4th installment of our weekly section in which we try to meet the people behind Phoenix Sports Club. Today we meet Volleyball Senior Team captain and also the assistant coach to our nursery teams, Ritianne Cassar. Ritianne is also a member of the Volleyball subcommittee for Phoenix SC. Lets get to know Ritianne
How long have you been involved in volleyball?
About 15 years. This sports had always fascinated me. I decided to start training volleyball when I was attending post-secondary school
What is your biggest success and let down in your sports?
My biggest success is that through volleyball I learnt values and life lessons which definitely influenced the building of my character. Among others, I treasure the values of discipline, hard work, sacrifice, teamwork, setting and striving for goals, the importance of practice and preparation and how to overcome adversity.
On the other hand, in a nutshell, my biggest let down is knowing that this sports is not being promoted and supported as much as it should.
What are the biggest problems facing volleyball in Malta?
Complementing what I mentioned before is the fact that the number of Clubs and teams participating in the leagues has decreased over the years. Having only 3 teams in the Girls mini volley, 4 teams in the Women Under 16 and 3 teams in the Women Under 18 leagues is disappointing. Seeing no male participating teams, especially the non-participation of youngsters, is even more upsetting. Without going into the merits and with no intention to create any controversies, I ask: What is the future of volleyball in Malta?
What is your current position with Phoenix SC? What are your main responsibilities?
Assistant Volleyball Technical Director, Fund Raising Director of Phoenix SC’s Volleyball Committee and Captain of the Seniors Women Volleyball Team.
Besides assisting Volleyball Head Coach Leonard Zammit Munro and offering my assistance in fund raising, as a captain, I do my utmost to lead by example and to keep the team focused and motivated during training sessions and games. I also help Coach Leonard in maintaining the rules and guidelines established for the team’s behaviour.
How long have you been a member of Phoenix SC?
This is my second season with Phoenix SC.
What is a memorable moment you associate with your tenure at Phoenix SC?
Seeing a club like Phoenix SC investing in various sports disciplines, focusing on the younger generations and helping them to develop into technically good players with a well-defined character is what makes my tenure at Phoenix a memorable one.
Forming and feeling part of a team, as well as sharing the same vision and positive attitude of Phoenix SC is definitely another living memoir for me.
What is a short term goal that you plan to achieve with Phoenix SC this year?
The aim is that together with Head Coach Leonard Zammit Munro we will help Phoenix SC to succeed in the volleyball leagues.
Where do you see yourself vis-a-vis Phoenix SC in the next few years?
I will still be involved in volleyball, probably not as a player, but still supporting Phoenix SC and Head Coach Leonard Zammit Munro in the development of our female players.
Any last comment?
I’m proud to be part of Phoenix Sports Club as it is a genuine club with a clear vision. No matter what challenges come up, there is always a positive atmosphere where coaches and players strive to act in a manner that respects themselves, their families, their teammates and the Club. At Phoenix Volleyball I feel part of a team, a value which I treasure most as Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM).