Throughout the 2017-18 season, U SPORTS sits down with one key athlete, coach, and staff member of each U SPORTS athletic program in our new interview series “Getting to Know…”
Name: Mara Lis Marchizotti
School: Bishop’s University
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Year of eligibility: Fifth
Program: Fine Arts and Classical Studies
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
1. What attracted you to Bishop’s?
What attracted me to Bishop’s was the tight community and the opportunity that gave me to grow as an athlete and as a student.
2. What’s your favourite memory, and your greatest athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete?
My favorite memory is when we won our first regular season game with the team, I was very thrilled to accomplish that after some hard years. My greatest athletic achievement is winning the Bishop’s female Freshman of the Year and being named to the RSEQ all-rookie team in 2014.
3. Where are you hoping your path will take you after university?
My path after university is not defined yet, but to continue playing basketball in a pro league is one that is of my options and look forward to.
4. Who’s had the greatest influence on your athletic career?
My mother. She has supported me continuously throughout my whole athletic career.
5. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, with whom you’d love to have dinner with? Why?
Manu Ginobili. He is an excellent athlete and he has achieved amazing things throughout his career. He’s definitely a role model to look up to.
6. What is your pre-game ritual? Do you have any superstitions/idiosyncrasies around preparing yourself for a game?
I usually try to do everything in the same order on my pre-game routine. Usually listen to the same playlist, and regarding any superstitions I always try to play with the same hair elastic.
7. What’s your go-to song to get pumped up for practice or a game?
My go-to song is from a Puerto Rican band called Calle-13, “Digo lo que pienso”
8. If you could try another sport, what would it be and why?
Swimming, I did it in the past and really like it.
9. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you as an athlete?
Recently, when I played for the Argentina senior national team at the FIBA AmeriCup, as part of a ritual my hair was bleached blond on the top of my head. I had to play through the whole tournament like that. Let’s say I didn’t enjoy it too much.