Lisa Bezzina started running when she was thirteen years old. Soon she caught the eye of the late coach John Walsh. One year later, Lisa took part in the Luxemburg Small Nations Games and from there on never looked back. Now supervised by another great coach, Ivan Roshnov, she has many medals under her belt: FISEC gold 3,000 m, Small Nations – three times bronze and two times silver, Small Nations open games bronze medal 3,000 m, Half Malta Marathon – twice gold medalist, Champion of Malta in 1,500 m, 3,000 m, 5,000 m and 1,0000 m over the recent years. In conversation with Eve, she talks about her career and lifestyle.
Eve: Can you describe your state of mind while training?
Lisa Bezzina: During training I am always willing to learn. Training takes about four hours a day between gym, track and long runs.
Photo credits: Lisa Bezzina Facebook profile
Eve: At the moment you’re Malta’s best long distance athlete. What does this mean to you?
LB: I have been very fortunate to have the full support of my husband Chris, my mom and dad. I also have to mention my boss Ian Restall and the government for the 20/20 scheme. Without them I would not be able to cope with the pressures that I have to go through.
Eve: What is it like to combine your passions with your daily routine?
LB: You get that great feeling of seeing the results for all the sacrifices that I make.
Eve: What makes you feel the most alive as a person?
LB: The satisfaction of achieving more always drives me on, and the happiness that I feel when going on the podium, especially abroad, is something hard to describe.
Eve: What’s your general perception of the local sports scene?
LB: As I mentioned earlier, the government scheme and various sponsors help a lot, but I think you always need a little more help to be able to dedicate so much time for the sport that you love.