Interview with Steffi DeMartino

Current Season Loyola

Basketball Teams: Luxol and Malta

Despite her relatively young age Steffi DeMartino has been an established contributor on the basketball court for a long time. Her unique combination of size, skill and speed make her a tough assignment for her defender. The scary thing is she’s still improving her game…

Your best playing is still ahead of you, however, you’ve already accumulated plenty of experience. Does anything stand out?

Most definitely! There are two instances in my career which I cherish and consider the most important: my first gold medal with the Maltese junior team in 2007 and another gold medal with the senior national team in Armenia 2010.

Is there anyone you look up to?

My mother used to play for the national team. I always went to training sessions and to watch them play. I’d look at good players and always aspire to be greater than them.

How important is physical talent in your game?

Natural talent only takes you so far. There’s a quote by Kevin Durant I really like, “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”.

What are your immediate and long-term future goals?

Winning the league here is always one of my goals, however as a long-term future goal I hope that one day I’ll pack my bags and go play basketball somewhere else in Europe!

What is the best thing about playing for Malta?

The first two words that come to mind are pride and honour. Competing for Malta means you have been chosen as one of the top twelve players in your country. It’s an amazing feeling when you are in a team where everybody is working together for a common goal.

What makes you successful as a Basketball player?

I would say my attitude towards the game. I consider this sport to be a priority in my life not just a pastime. I’m always motivated to learn more and become a better player.

How does local basketball differ from foreign play?

It all boils down to the fact that in other countries there is more time and money dedicated to the sport.

What keeps you going?

I love the game too much to walk away. I see myself competing for as long as my legs can carry me. Even when they can’t carry me I’ll find a way to remain in the game!