Valery Fedoruk:

Valery Fedoruk: "I want to be an incentive for young squash players"

When squash is more than just a job and it plays an important part in your life, today you can be at a meeting in the relevant Ministry, tomorrow you can prepare a project for a series of events, and you can become a journalist for a few hours. But today it's not about me or how much I love my job. Today, an interview with the current champion of Ukraine - Valery Fedoruk, about how squash entered his life.

Alyona Ohonesyan, Vice President of the FSU

- How did your story in squash begin? How did it happen that you took the racket in your hands and went out on the court?

- Everything happened in Odessa ... For some time I worked as a waiter in two cafes - one on the beach, the other in the city center .. At some point I felt that I was "fed up" with this work and wanted to somehow change the situation in this direction; once I heard an advertisement on the radio that one of the fitness clubs in Odessa is recruiting trainers without experience with further training and providing a job - I thought that this is what I want - to be in sports! As a child I had sports experience - I trained in a football team, was a goalkeeper and at that time I was studying by correspondence at Luhansk Pedagogical University named after Taras Shevchenko. I met with the manager of the club, we talked and he told me that soon I will be contacted by a representative of the coaching staff of one of the fitness clubs. And a month later, I got a call from the coach of the fitness club "Lost World" - Andrew Kachanyuk and invited him to the first meeting for review. There we talked about my prospects of training as an instructor in the gym and squash. On the same day, Andrew and I went to the court and from that moment the racket was in my hands.

- Listen, it's cool! How did you feel when you went on the court? I think that as a football player you immediately managed to hit the ball, or did you still have difficulties at the beginning of training?

- The feeling was one - it's interest. Yes, you're right - it was possible to reflect at once, but it took some time for everything to fall apart on the shelves in my head - lines, squares, score, obstacles, blows, etc. So from the first time I did not have a close relationship with squash. But the interest in the sports stage of my life and knowledge absorbed me. I combined training in the gym, working as a waiter and periodic squash.

- Wow! Just everything and at once, where did you get so much inspiration and strength from?

- At that time, the source of my income was working as a waiter and, accordingly, I could not leave it right away, because I was just starting to study as a gym instructor. On the other hand, he understood that the service sector was approaching the final stage at that point in life. Inspiration came from another field of activity - learning, new knowledge.

- Do you remember your first student on the court? What was the year you started training?

- It is difficult to say who exactly was my first student. But I remember that I had a great desire to absorb knowledge related to squash in general. Once in the summer of 2007 or 2008, I don't remember for sure, a tournament was traditionally held in Odessa, then it was Zenit. I took part in it. After graduation, I finally realized that I want to grow ONLY in squash; I think that in a year I will definitely train.

- You just mentioned that your first tournament was Zenit, do you remember your first opponent and your first game? There are definitely a lot less competitions on my squash path than you have, but I will never forget my first game. And, by the way, your tips, a special thank you for them.

- I do not remember who was my first opponent in that tournament, I know for sure that I did not leave the group then and was very angry with myself)) And I wanted to train more and more. Yes, and I do not remember how I told you))) Old

- Well, it's too early for you to grow old))). And what about the first competitions abroad? How special do you remember them?

- It seems it was a trip to Poland, in which city I do not remember. But I remember exactly the level of organization and the number of courts in the country.

- And your first victory?

- At that time, any trip to the tournament outside of Ukraine was already a GREAT victory. Due to the fact that there were several cities in Ukraine that actively participated in the squash party - Odessa, Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk (now Dnipro) , and I wanted to play in competitions very much, respectively, any departure was like a victory! In Ukraine, the regularity of tournaments was at that time - one tournament in 2-3 months. In these conditions, which are now in the Ukrainian squash for our players - this could be envied then) As for the direct victories in the court, I remembered the victory with a score of 3-2 over the Slovak Tomasz Toth at the European Championship. And I also remembered my loss to a player from Serbia, then our team could not continue the fight for medals. It was very, very sad and sad.

- Do you have a pedestal of your glory at home?

- Yes, of course) In my life there were many different moves around the country and beyond, and I did not always take with me awards, medals. And at some point decided to keep only the medals from the finals, gold or silver)

- Will you share the photo?)))

- I now have everything in a big cardboard box))

- Oh, now I know what to give you for your birthday!))) That all the medals move out of the box and take a worthy place in your home)

- Thanks))

- I want to return to the game with the Serb. What was the hardest part of this game? What couldn't you handle? Weren't you able to identify weaknesses?

- I just checked YouTube to see if our game is there and found it. His name is Daniel Zilic, the third or fourth racket of his country at the time. I remember that in the first game I won, and in the end I lost 1-3. I think he outplayed me tactically, as I got involved in his slow game, more soft kicks, slow pace, thus leveling his strengths.

- Here I have another question. How do you manage to stay calm on the court during competitions? Especially when the judge makes a decision not in your favor or the opponent starts behaving aggressively? After all, for me personally it is a huge stress and then I can't collect a pile of five balls))) And you, it's just a rock! Peace and only peace.

- First of all, thank you mom and dad

Because you understand that when you are calm, you are able to control your thoughts, if you are in control of it, then you can constantly direct your thoughts in the right direction, the game plan, what and how to do, what to pay attention to, what not to pay attention to.

Of course, I did not come to this immediately, but only with the number of tournaments, reading certain literature, in important matches, where you have to be as focused as possible on certain thoughts and actions.

- I agree with you, nowadays there is a lot of cool literature that helps to think, reveal and rethink, see in a new way. Yoga is also present in your life?)))

- In fact, I will not allocate time for her ..

- What goals did you set for yourself? What have you achieved? And what else is ahead?

- From the fall of 2018 until today, there was and is a goal to constantly play in PSA Worldtour tournaments and achieve a world ranking of Top-150. To do this, you need to train regularly and systematically and have a financial cushion that will cover the costs associated with travel to tournaments. Currently, the PSA Tour is suspended, as well as many other reasons known to us - COVID-19. As soon as it's over, I'll keep moving! If you take goals at the national level, then I want to be an incentive for young squash players and by my actions to be an example for them, so that they also set a goal and work on their achievements. And, ahead, namely next year, as the dates of the tournament have been postponed, to take part in the World Squash Championship in the Masters category.

- Your goals are very cool! I wish you the fastest way to reach them and put new ones in front of you). Share with us how you maintain your shape during quarantine?

- Thank you very much!!! I think, like all those who do not want to go to court with extra pounds after the end of quarantine - this is the minimum. In general, I do only general physical training - running, cycling, all kinds of pull-ups, push-ups from the floor and so on. And, of course, there is a great lack of squash court.

- I am very grateful to you for your time and answers to my curious questions. It's always a pleasure to talk to you. Let's stop with a question)

- From me to you? :)

- From me to you))) I'm trying to interview you here)))) And I'm doing it for the first time)))

- It works out for you

- Thank you))) Very nice) So here's the question)) What can you, as the 4th one-time and current champion of Ukraine, wish our squash community, maybe share the secret of your success?)))

1. There must be a desire to be honest, sincere - to develop in a certain activity.

2. The goal is what will move you to go to training, even when you really, really do not want to.

3. Action / training / tournament plan.

4. Hard work - constantly doing exercises, honing skills, improving.

4. Feel yourself and your body, but be honest with yourself.

5. Sleep, rest - both active and passive, nutrition, sports nutrition.

I have this

- Thank you for your time, you are a mega cool interlocutor. I hope that very soon we will be able to communicate live again, meet in tournaments and watch our favorite squash!)

- Thank you for your sincere interest! I hope so too

Friends, we, the whole team of the federation, really want to meet with you as soon as possible. We really hope that very soon we will be allowed not only to go to the training courts, but also to gather with our friendly family at competitions.

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