Martin Stefanovski, One of the Fastest Macedonian Swimmers, Says Skopje Needs at Least Two More Professional Swimming Pools
Martin Stefanovski is one of the fastest short distance swimmers in Macedonia. He even surpassed some of Malenko's records, but he still has not participated in the Olympics. He believes that he will take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
"I wanted to be a part of the London Olympics, but I could not make it. The games were supposed to be the crown of my career, as I planned to dedicate myself to other things after. But, it is obvious that I cannot go on without swimming. My goal is to continue and achieve a good qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympics. Every athlete's dream is to be a part of the Olympic Games, and I wish to end my career with a bang", Martin Stefanovski said.
Apart from being a professional swimmer, he also coaches junior swimmers. He has a swimming academy, which certainly offers great opportunities to young people for learning this sport's secrets.
"At first, the academy was a joint project, which I started along with Natasa Meskovska. But after 3 months I decided to venture out on my own. I like passing on knowledge, so I am currently coaching children.
Swimming is a sport which calls for certain requirements, yet Macedonia has only one swimming pool which allows training.
"Swimming is different than other sports. It requires a pool that can be heated and air temperature which is at least 2 degrees higher than the water temperature", Stefanovski stated.
Skopje has two professional swimming pools, but, currently, only the one at 'Boris Trajkovski' sports hall is operational.
"Skopje needs two additional swimming pools in order for training to run smoothly. One should be a 50 meter swimming pool and the other 25", he said.
Competitions in 2017 will pave the way for reaching the Olympic qualifying standard.
"In 2017, I hope to take part in the Budapest Championship. Every year there are European and World championships, so I hope everything goes well. I hope that my dream for participating in the Tokyo Olympics comes true" Martin Stefanovski said in an interview for Telegraf.mk.
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