Name: Francesca Borg
Sprinter: Longer Sprints – (400m / 800m)
Since her first foray into athletics two years ago, FRANCESCA BORG has established herself as one of the toughest competitors on the local circuit. She has already carved out a reputation for her impressive work ethic and commitment, in a scene where it is hard to stand out on those two counts. She’s also established her credentials as a great talent, going on to win a National Championship in the 400m dash and securing a place on the national team under the guidance of her coach and mentor, Mario Micallef.
Would you single out any particular highlights of your career so far?
The most important highlight of my athletic career so far was winning a Bronze medal for Malta with the 4x400m women at the Small Nations Games in Luxembourg, earlier this year.
How did you get roped into your sport?
Athletics always fascinated me, especially watching the Olympic Games. Seeing the dedication and professionalism of world class athletes constantly gave me an adrenalin rush. They still do.
Is success simply a matter of natural talent?
I strongly believe that there has to be an element of natural talent, but it also takes loads of hard work and commitment to make it to the National Team and stay there. You must want it with all your heart.
Do you have any other interests?
I am totally hooked on athletics. It takes up most of my free time and leaves me very little free time to pursue other stuff, to be completely honest.
What does competing for Malta mean to you?
It is the greatest honour to represent your country. It’s an amazing feeling being on the start line wearing your National Kit and knowing that your performance is about to reflect on the image of your country.