Con­ducts an in-depth in­ter­view with highly promis­ing triath­lete

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mal­colm, you have just fin­ished the 5th form with suc­cess and your O Level re­sults have just come out! I was present at the last School Prize Day and apart from the end­less list of first and sec­ond places in al­most all sub­jects, you were even awarded The Min­is­ter’s choice: Stu­dent of the Year. Such re­sults do not come by de­fault but a mix of many things namely giv­ing the right pri­or­i­ties, good mem­ory, re­vi­sion, pay­ing thor­ough at­ten­tion in class, love for study­ing etc. What lies be­neath such re­mark­able re­sults and what are your feel­ings dur­ing and post an exam? Your marks are close to full marks so it goes with­out say­ing that you are a per­fec­tion­ist. How much do you give im­por­tance to the min­i­mal de­tails both at school and at triathlon races? Your fu­ture seems very bright. What are your in­ten­tions and dreams for the fu­ture?

I think that you can say that I love to learn and I take an in­ter­est in many of the sub­jects that I am taught. This drives me to pay at­ten­tion in class in par­tic­u­lar when a new con­cept is ex­plained. As a char­ac­ter, con­trary to what oth­ers might think, I do pro­cras­ti­nate. I am a very re­laxed, laid back per­son by na­ture. How­ever, on the other hand I have never missed an as­sign­ment and, when I do fi­nally sit down to carry out a task, I do make sure that it is done very well. I think my re­sults come from tak­ing a real in­ter­est in what goes around me, never miss­ing up any work and re­ally ap­ply­ing my­self in what­ever I have to do.

As ex­ams are ap­proach­ing I do some­times go in panic mode, which makes me sit down and work hard. Even then I do tend to study in fits and starts but the time that I re­ally ded­i­cate to study­ing, I re­ally con­cen­trate hard. I am a very log­i­cal per­son and I have a knack for sub­jects like Maths and Physics. How­ever, I do have to re­vise fre­quently sub­jects that re­quire more mem­ory work.

De­tail is so very im­por­tant when you have to give in an im­por­tant as­sign­ment, or are pre­par­ing for ex­am­i­na­tions. It is at­ten­tion to de­tail that makes you go up a higher notch and makes your work achieve higher value. The same goes for my sport. As triathlon has three sports in one, you do have to pay great at­ten­tion to what you are do­ing well and to what you can im­prove. De­tail as in the strokes in swim­ming, the way you run, your equip­ment prepa­ra­tion be­fore a race or how you han­dle the tran­si­tions in a race, can mean a world of dif­fer­ence on how you per­form in a race.

Although I am an ath­lete I do give aca­demics a lot of weight in my life. Through my school, the Na­tional Sports School, I have been able to par­tic­i­pate in the 9th Edi­tion of the Malta Math­e­mat­ics Olympiad, man­ag­ing to achieve Third Place Over­all in the In­di­vid­ual Com­pe­ti­tion. I have also par­tic­i­pated, as a team to­gether with other stu­dents of my school, in the Malta Ju­nior Sci­ence Olympiad 2018, which we have won as a school. That was re­ally a proud

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