Player Interview Series: Nada Mandic!
Updated: May 15
We have taken the time to sit down with one of female waterpolo player's best shots, Nada. Check out some of the questions we asked her below:
1. When did you first realize that you could be a career waterpolo player and that you can turn your passion into your day job?
I was a young player just starting out my career playing in Serbia, I spent 4 year in my first team! One day, an offer came from a Hungarian team called Szentes and quite simply, I accepted. This was back in 2018 and that was the start of my professional waterpolo career.
2. Which challenges did you have to overcome to become the player you are today?
Being from a small town made me work harder to get where I am today. Not a lot of people get to have the opportunity that I got.
3. What motivates you the most about your profession as a waterpolo player?
The desire to win motivates me to train hard, progress and become better and win the trophy, and of course, victories motivate me!
Furthermore, overcoming diversity is a big driver, it is challenging to go to another club and fit in and thrive, but once you get to that level, you feel like you can achieve anything you want!
4. What does your daily routine look like?
Morning starts with an early wake up and a healthy hearty breakfast followed by a good training. During the afternoon, I make sure to eat a good lunch, perhaps spend a bit of time studying and make sure I get my afternoon sleep. In the evening, second training.
5. What would be your waterpolo dream team choice today? Waterpolo manager mode!
Position 1: Ariana Ruiz
Position 2: Noelia Mora
Position 3: Rozzane Voolvert
Position 4: Roberta Bianconi
Position 5: Jelena Vukovic
Position 6: Gaia Apilongo
Goalkeeper: Martina Terre
6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received from a coach?
One of my early coaches taught me to work seriously and thoroughly on my game. To always strive to exceed my own expectations He always gave me encouragement, but he was also realistic about the game and life in general.
7. What, in your opinion, is the biggest challenge for waterpolo players today?
Waterpolo and personal life are difficult to balance, so I believe it is a real challenge these days for players to continue to perform on their best level while balancing their personal lives!
8. Tell us about your most successful season in waterpolo?
Oh, easy, my most successful season was in actually during my first season outside of Serbia, in Hungary. The team was amazing and we ended up 5th in the Championship but we won the Danube League
9. Which other sports do you like to follow and do you have any other hobbies?
Yes actually my main hobby is basketball which I play as often as I can in my free time. Beside that I follow NBA and football Spanish and Italian leagues.
10. Why, in your opinion, is waterpolo a good sport for kids to train?
I recommend that they train water polo and enjoy it because it is a beautiful sport, it teaches you values and teamwork, hard work and dedication! It teaches you to never give up on your goals! you have to fight for everything to the end!