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Matt Jaukovic
E x c l u s i v e    S w i m m i n g     I n t e r v i e w 
One of the best men's backstroker of former Yugoslavia /Serbia and Montenegro/ in cadet,  junior and absolute categories, many times the winner of the SCG State Champion titles and the Montenegro's best swimmer ever...
The actual Montenergo's National Record Holder
Student of the University of Sydney, Australia
Arranged by
Igor Rasula
Co-Editor in Chief
Swim Star Web Portal, Belgrade

The complete interview has been realized via the connection between Belgrade and Sydney (June 03, 2007)
.Moje prijatelje po 'belom svetu' nazalost sve redje srecem... Ali ih nikad ne zaboravljam! Posebno ne Matiju Jaukovica, jednog od najvecih plivackih nada sa 'ovih sirih prostora'. Odavno je zvezda plivackog sporta SR Jugoslavije, SCG, sada Crne Gore... Sedeci tako u Michigan-u na nekom web sajtu i listajuci pre mesec dana Crnogorsku sportsku stampu, iznenadio me je clanak (sa jednom starom CB fotografijom) o sjajnim uspesima na Prvenstvu Novog Juznog Welsa u Australiji. A znao sam da je Matija pauzirao sa plivanjem skoro vise od godinu dana. Zato sam ga licno pozvao i neka ovo bude nas skromni doprinos svim njegovim daljim naporima u ovom vrednom sportu... Siguran sam da ce SWIM STAR WEB PORTAL biti njegov najveci navijac u Pekingu 2008... Hvala legendo za ovaj intervju !!!
The "Swim Interview" - a column of our Web Portal, we use to present the worthiest swim persons, not only from Serbia, but also the wider region of the Balkans... Matija Matt Jaukovic, former Champion of the FR Yugoslavia, SCG and Montenegro (in pioneer, cadet, junior and absolute categories in backstroke and ind.medley disciplines), the actual Montenegro's record holder and two times participant of the European swimming Championships, since 2005 a student of the University of Sydney Australia, replayed to our inquiry for a short interview dedicated to all swim adorers round the globe. As on the fact that the interests for this presentation exist worldwide, its arranged in English language only... The author takes this moment to send the best regards to Matt Jaukovic and thanks for our live web talks...
Author: Igor Rasula (Michigan, USA, the official member of the IFJ International Federation of Journalists (ID number: 3895)
  Welcome to our great swim friend and the colleague from Australia !!!
* First of all, greetings from Down Under to the biggest swimming enthusiasts and my dear friends at the Swim Star 2000 SC, and in particular to Mr. Rasula. Thanks for having me here. It has probably been a while since the last time a lot of my swimming colleagues and friends have heard from me, but the distance and the workload do their part.
  For last two years, swimming world from Belgrade and the wider region of the Balkans asked us about you.. Where have you been?
* I'm back... I worked extremely hard and swam almost 2,000 km since July last year, when I have started seriously training again after a year and a half long break. In the meantime, the butterfly became my main stroke, even though I still swim backstroke, although with a new technique which I am waiting to help me produce better results then before.
  Tell us more about practises and competitions ahead of you..
* So, all the previous hard work has started paying off, even though I've done all my races while in full training and without any taper. Consequently, my present coaches have very high expectations going into the last 'big' month and a half of training and the subsequent Australian Grand Prix II and the Championships of New South Wales and Australia.
  Please, feel free to tell us some of your best results recently..
1. Australian Grand Prix I in Brisbane (May 18 - 21, 2007) in 100-m Fly (0:54,90) long course - 837 FINA points - See the official results (pp 3, event 23)
2. Cumberland Short Course Sprint Meet (May 27, 2007)  in 50-m Fly (0:24.30 - 842 FINA points) - See the official results ..
3. Carlile Speedo Cup (June 02, 2007) in 100-m Fly (0:53,42) short course (847 FINA points) - See the official results ..

He's not only inside the water...
Matt Jaukovic at the Sydney's bay
  As you are the best Montenegro's swimmer, what are your national standards in the present? 
* Yes, thanks for this question... I have swam a number of other races producing new Montenegrin national records: 50m freestyle 0:23,39 and 400-m IM 4:37,16 (Cumberland Short Course Sprint Meet); 50-m backstroke 0:26,08; 200-m freestyle 1:56,14 and 400-m freestyle 4:09, 41 (Carlile Speedo Cup 2007 - short course)....As I have already stated, the expectations here are high and the target is set at 900 FINA points. My coaches, Steve Alderman (head coach), Vanessa Smith and Jamie Cole (assistant coaches) are very optimistic, as I still have to complete this training cycle, have a bit of rest and a proper taper before the upcoming big competitions.
  What is ahead of you regarding swimming meets?
* In the close future, the Sydney Metropolitan Championships (June 30 - July 01, 2007), Australian Grand Prix II - short course (21-22 July), the New South Wales Open Championships (August 3-4, 2007), and the Australian National 
Championships August 29 - September 01, 2007.
  Some of the pictures from the latest swim competitions...
Some of the images from the latest backstroke finals of the New South Wales Championships in Australia (Matt Jaukovic, lane 4)
  Lets leave swimming for a while, how does the University of Sydney look like?
* I think, it has been a very successful comeback so far, after more than a year long break period in the swimming that I had to take in order to obtain academic requirements to get into the elite faculty at the Australia's leading university. Particularly, I am now studying Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, whose law school is know for producing the country's leading legal academics, practitioners and judges.
Only the top 0,3~0,4% of all Australian students get an opportunity to complete their law degrees at the Sydney Univ., which, in addition to its alumni network, makes it the most prestigious law faculty in Australia and one of the best in the world. Moreover, as I had to start from scratch and learn all the basics about the political and legal system here, and having in mind all the aforementioned, the very good academic results that I have achieved mean even more to me.
  Should we expect to meet you here in Belgrade or Herceg Novi soon? 
* Accordingly, I need to put in a lot of effort in studying in addition to about 30 hours of training a week, which leaves me with very little spare time, so much so that I haven't been able to go home for a year and a half.
  All right... To get back to the swimming, tell us something about your Coach and your team...
* Mr.Stephen Alderman is the head coach of the University of Sydney swimming team. Among my teammates now there are the 4th and 5th fastest men in Australia in 50 free, Jonathon Newtown (22,68 lc/ 22,24 sc) and Tim Laforest (22,86 lc/ 22,63 sc). Moreover, Michelle Engelsman, the Australian swimming legend and one of the world fastest women in 50 free (she came 6th in Athens and ranked 3rd in the world in 2004), also competes for the Sydney University even though she now trains on her own. Another two world swimming legends, Elka Graham and Geoff Hugill, had also been part of the team until their recent retirements from swimming about a year ago. There are also a number of already established young swimmers aiming to become some of the world best.
  Please, say something in 'our' language at the end...
* Hvala… Pozdrav tebi Igore iz Australije i svim posetiocima vaseg fenomenalnog sajta.... Matija Jaukovic
Designed and arranged by Igor Rasula and Swim Star 2000 Agency Belgrade, June 2007
Want to contact Matt Jaukovic directly, try via: mjau0374@usyd.edu.au
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