European Youth Olympics Festival

Mario Albaladejo Saura

Spain

25 years old

Volleyball, beach volleyball

English

Interview

What are your passions and hobbies?

I’m a very active person, so most of my hobbies are related to sport. Besides volleyball, I love playing padel with friends and spending time in nature, hiking, mountain biking or just relaxing by the seaside. Apart from sport, I also enjoy travelling.

 

What is your secret superpower (or one you would like to have)?

If I had to choose one, it would be the ability to teleport. It seems very useful to be able to appear in the place you want in the instant moment you decide it. And also it is related to my hobbies.

 

What is your favourite dish from your country?

I have an internal debate between the Spanish omelette and the different kind of rice dishes (paella) that are made in Spain.

 

Who is the most inspiring athlete for you?

Perhaps it is a little bit typical, but I think that Rafael Nadal (Spanish tennis player) is one of the best examples to look at.

 

The words I live by are… (motivational quote)

“Hard work pays off,” both in sport and in life you have to work hard to achieve your goals.

 

What motivated you to apply for the EYOA programme?

The opportunity to collaborate with other Ambassadors, to promote the values of Olympism, to represent my country, and also to learn more about the Olympic Games, the core values and the activities in the different programmes.

 

What are your goals as an EYOA?

To help the young athletes learn about the values of the Olympic Games, and try to help them live an unforgettable and enjoyable experience during the festival.

 

What would be your dream job in the future?

I’m working on my PhD right now, so it would be great if I can develop my career as a researcher and professor at a university.

 

What are your expectations from being an EYOA and the EYOF in Vuokatti (FIN)?

I am looking forward to going to the festival. And also I am enjoying this formative stage, working with the other EYOA. So my expectations go together, I think I will experience the core values of the Olympic Games during the process, so I will be able to understand them better and to promote them among the young athletes. Also, I am sure that the friendships made during the process will remain after the EYOF.

 

What does Olympism mean to you?

Since I was very young I have had a great interest in sport, both as a participant and a spectator, and now as coach and teacher. The Olympic Games are the most-followed event in the world of sport, and the one that includes the greatest number of disciplines, being a great reflection of the values and attitudes in which young people take notice. In this context, I consider that the values of Olympism and sport play a fundamental role.

 

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