As the captain of the Table Tennis team, what are two important qualities that you believe leaders should possess?
I think that good communication skills and being open-minded are two good qualities a leader should have.
How does table tennis help you to excel academically or vice versa?
Table tennis helps me to release stress and tension, so I can refocus on my academics.
Who is your role model? Why?
My father is my role model. I learnt everything from him and he encouraged me to take up table tennis.
When you are not focusing on table tennis or schoolwork, how do you spend your spare time?
I enjoy playing football, reading books and listening to music.
You have excelled academically, what are your plans for future studies?
I hope to complete the IBDP with an excellent score and apply to a prestigious university perhaps in the UK or America.
Marius & Saulius Pakstys
Twins and Tennis Champions
Marius, what or who inspired you to take up tennis?
My parents inspired me. I was always very active, they wanted me to do some sort of activity, they suggested tennis so I started.
Saulius, what are three things that you usually do when preparing for an international tournament?
One of the first things that I do is, I practice all the shots. I make sure that i get enough rest, and talk to my coach about what to do during the tournament. I also schedule my commitments exactly.
Who is your favourite teacher? Why?
Mr Bastow is my favourite teacher. He’s very lively and he helps a lot. He is very creative. He’s a problem solver. It helps to have a teacher who compliments you and believes in you.
Marius, you have excelled in playing tennis, what are some of your other areas of interest?
I enjoy art, especially painting and drawing.
Saulius, what are your plans for future studies?
I hope to get a scholarship to a very good university. And I may take a gap year to travel and play tennis, let us see how that works out.