Sirens ASC Announce new Top Squad Coach
Every morning at about 5.30 an imposing 6’ 3” figure waits for his squad by the National Pool at the tal-Qroqq Sports Complex.
The young squad dive in and train. Hard. Lap after lap of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke or fly, all under the watchful eye of their coach. They finish by approximately 7.15 a.m., shower, and like every other child of their age, get on with a normal day at school.
The man responsible for such early morning discipline is Catalin Ioan Stan, (Cat) the newly appointed Top Squad Coach of Sirens ASC.
Sirens ASC Chairman, Neil Galea, said, “We are delighted to announce that Cat has agreed to join us to coach our top squad. His passion for the sport is completely in line with our ideals and hopes for all our young swimmers, not just the elite group. Sirens’ swimming capabilities have grown enormously over the past four years and Cat’s coaching prowess adds an exciting new dimension to the club.”
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Cat’s swimming career started when he was six years old after a coach scouted him at a school swimming gala. Years of hard work put him on the podium at the Romanian National Championships in the 200 individual medley and 800 metres freestyle. After juggling school with sport, Cat then took courses in Sports and Fitness in Romania and England before joining Romania’s University of Sport. These studies continued at Malta University where Cat has undertaken courses in Sport Management and Aqua Aerobic Fitness.
Cat’s ten year coaching career began under the guidance of former Romanian and European swimming champions. It has included time as Head Coach of Sliema ASA, Phoenix and Club 2000 Romania where his squads regularly achieved medal positions in National and International competitions. He undertakes his new role at Sirens alongside his managerial position at the MFA Pool in Ta ‘Qali.
Commenting on his appointment, Cat said, “Swimming is a tough sport at a young age and I expect the utmost commitment and effort from my squad. The culture at Sirens echoes my own, so I’m extremely pleased with this opportunity to help raise these swimmers to another level. I’m supported by a professional and well organised Head Coach in Daniela Deguara and I appreciate the efforts made by the club to hold regular social activities for the children. A swimmer’s routine is hard and sometimes isolating, so the chance to integrate and bond as a team is vital.”