We will be trying to get your closer to our members and we will be reproducing small interviews that we are doing with players, coaches, officials and even more.
It’s the first bio we are featuring Nigel Degaetano, 20, an MCAST Student currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at MCAST. Nigel is a Birkirkara BC player and an Elite Squad athlete. So hereunder is the whole interview, enjoy!
Nigel Degaetano – 20
I am a movie lover so I will choose 3: Hack saw ridge, Maze runner & Harry potter
I don’t have any favourites.
Dream Holiday Destination?
LA, New York, Australia ….. travel the world really
“It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
Favourite Badminton Player?
When did you fall in love with the game?
At around the age of 10
What do you like about it?
It’s fast-paced and gets you sweating, keeps me fit and distracted from the daily stress and is just over all such a beautiful game.
What is your training regime?
I train five times a week on court added with physical training sessions.
What is your biggest goal? What do you want to achieve in badminton?
Going to Olympics or World Championships would be a big dream come true although very difficult to achieve but the goal is to represent my country in huge tournaments in the best possible way.
What was the most emotional moment of your badminton career till now?
I would say that the biggest emotional moment was the first time I participated in the Junior National Championships and won it. It was an absolutely overwhelming experience.
How do you visualise your badminton career after your career as a player?
I would like to start coaching
What is your message to others who would like to take badminton as their sport and are still thinking about it?
I spent multiple years being called names because I play badminton and being told that I play an irrelevant sport that no one cares about.
But, you play a sport because you like it not because others do. If one day you come across a badminton match and see people play and say “wow i wish i could do that” then go for it! Tell mum or dad that you want to play and go play!
Don’t listen to what others have to say just do you what you believe in and prove them wrong!
What is your message to the younger players who have an ambition to become great in Badminton
Becoming great in something isn’t easy in fact it is one of the hardest things in the world. How many great people do you know out of 7 billion people in this world?
This means to be great you have to be willing to reach places and to do things others haven’t done before. you have to train hard and keep being persistent. There will be good days and bad days but you need to keep going.
I can tell you from experience that you have a massive impact on which days are good and which are bad.
Keep dreaming because once you stop then there no motive to be better.
Great words for our young athlete Nigel. We would like to thank Nigel for the time he spent with us for this interview and we wish him all the success he dreams of! Keep it up!