[stag_dropcap font_size=”50px” style=”normal”]L[/stag_dropcap]ast week, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 soccer winner Juan Muxi in a compelling Q&A.
JUAN MUXI: SOCCER
SECTION G, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
Tell me about how you started playing soccer.
In Uruguay, you start learning to play soccer soon after you learn to walk as a kid – I started playing when I was 5. In Uruguay, soccer is taken very seriously. In order to learn the skills, you have to play on a team. I am very passionate about soccer as I have played soccer all my life.
What was your magic moment?
In 2007, we placed second in our league, but we were promoted up to the first division, which is a league with 10 different divisions. Being promoted to the first division was a very great experience and after being promoted, I started taking soccer very seriously. Because my team is very strong, I train very hard to keep up. Reaching division one level has always been one of our team’s aspirations.
When you think of soccer, what comes to mind?
My home team, Nacional.
During my life, I have sometimes had difficulties. I have 7 bone fractures from soccer, but that has not stopped me from playing. I just keep going.
Who is your idol?
Luis Suarez. He was raised on my home team. He is our national striker and has been amazing in Barcelona and Liverpool.
Now I’m playing for the HBS Soccer Team and I’m really happy with it. I hope to have a nice team next year and have fun. I’m keen to get to know as many people as I can.