Age: 20 years.
Where do you live? Marsascala
Star sign: Taurus
Main occupation: University Student
Sports interest: Swimmer
SHANICE CASSAR started swimming at the age of thirteen with Inspire Foundation. After a year of training, she decided to attend one-to-one lessons with the National Coach, Andy Colbourn. “This helped me improve my swimming technique and took my swimming to another level. At the age of 14, I qualified to Group B of the National team and from that day on, I trained with the National Team under Andy’s guidance. I am currently registered with Neptunes WPSC.”
For four years in a row, Shanice was chosen to represent Malta in The FISEC Games, where in July 2009, she achieved her first National Short Course Record in the 4 x 50m Relay. The following year, she managed to get a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle. At the moment, she is Vice Captain of the National Team and is still training under the guidance of Andy Colbourn. On the 18th December 2014, she represented Malta in Berlin for a number of important meets.
You’re obviously a good swimmer. What first attracted you to the water?
I used to follow swimming on television and always wanted to try such a sport. I like the fact that you compete as an individual and that it’s just you against the clock. This made me consider swimming even more. Moreover, it’s a safe, injury-free sport and a different discipline from other sports.
As a swimmer, what opportunities do you think have opened for you?
Being a swimmer has given me the opportunity to go abroad on competitions and to meet different people from around the world. This has cemented my chosen future career as a swimming coach.
How many times do you train every week?
I train 10 times a week. Normally, it’s for two hours every morning and then in the evening we have a gym session. Morning sessions are at 6am before classes and the evening sessions start at 4pm. On Saturdays, we only have one session from 7am till 9am.
What would you never, ever buy, and why not?
I would definitely never buy illegal substances. I believe that a true athlete needs to be clean from these types of substances, especially a top athlete. Such athletes are also often role models to other athletes.
What makes you really angry?
Motivation is one of the greatest challenges when it comes to sports. Seeing unmotivated athletes can be very frustrating, especially when you are dealing with athletes who show a real talent for the sport.
What are your comments about our local sports scene?
I believe that there are many different types of sports that unfortunately have completely disappeared from the sports scene. Athletes need to be rewarded for their daily dedication. It would be a great idea if swimming were to be given more importance when it comes to the local media.