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MALTASPORT GETS TO KNOW…RALPH DECELIS

Sportsmen and sportswomen answer many questions after each event they take part in, but how much do we know about their lives away from their disciplines? Maltasport.com is on a mission to find out more, continuing with World Champion Ralph Decelis.

2017 was a very successful one for Decelis as he together with Blanche Coppola were crowned World Champions in the Mixed Pairs’ Category for the second time, after claiming Gold in Biarritz, France. Their first success was achieved in Canada in 2014.

On individual basis, the Maltese claimed fourth place in the Seniors’ World Championships held in Spain, won Silver at the Diamond Cup Athens, another Silver at the Diamond Cup Milan and placed fourth place at the Diamond Cup Rome.

Describe your perfect day…
Waking up later than usual, having a coffee by the sea then working out, having a nice lunch followed by a siesta.

What's the best decision you've ever made?
To take up bodybuilding competitively

What's the biggest mistake you've ever made?
I see mistakes as learning experiences, but maybe trusting too much and giving too much attention to people who don’t deserve it are my biggest faults.

How long do you spend getting ready in the morning?
Ten to 15 minutes.

Do you prefer a lie in or an afternoon nap?
Afternoon nap.

Do you prefer a night in or a night out?
Depends from the mood but nowadays I prefer a night in.

What's worse, a traffic jam or airport queuing?
Traffic jam

How do you kill time at an airport?
Playing with my phone.

What's the funniest thing you've ever done?
Too many to name one.

What would your karaoke song be?
Eye of the Tiger

How many languages can you speak?
Three

Which language would you most like to learn?
Spanish or Russian

Do you prefer sweet or savoury food?
Sweet

One meal, one drink. What would you choose?
Rib-Eye Steak and Pepsi Light

What's your favourite film?
Gladiator

What's your favourite singer/band?
AC/DC

Summer or winter?
Summer

Who's the funniest team-mate you've ever had?
Antoine Zerafa

Who's the best Maltese bodybuilder you've competed against?
Luke Debono

When was your debut as a bodybuilder?
2001 IFBB Malta National Championships

What's your best result achieved locally and in the international scene so far?
Locally I have won the overall bodybuilding title for five years.

Internationally, I have won the world title in the Mixed Pairs category two times. Both with Blanche Coppola.

On an individual basis I have placed among the finalists in the IFBB Mediterranean, European & World Championships, Olympia Amateur, Diamond Cups and several other international contests.

Last question. What's your best-ever contest? I would say this year’s World Championships in Benidorm, Spain.
 
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