Max Senica rođen je 19. kolovoza 1999. godine u Australiji, baka Julijana i djed Augustin odselili su se iz rodne Darde (mjesto u Baranji 10 kilometara sjeverno od Osijeka) daleke 1967. godine u Ingham u državi Queensland u Australiji kada mu je otac Sasha imao samo pet godina. Sasha se oženio sa Australkom Tracy i imaju dvoje djece, sina Maxa i kćer Zoe.
Max je mladi odbojkaš hrvatskih korijena, koji je rođen u Melbourneu, a uspješno nastupa za mlađe kategorije australske reprezentacije. Sudjelovao je i na Azijskom prvenstvu sa seniorskom ekipom kada je imao samo 17 godina te je bio iznimno ponosan i počašćen obaviti intervju za Hrvatsku reprezentaciju.
Kako, gdje i zašto si se odlučio trenirati odbojku?
-Prvak školskog sportskog nacionalnog prvenstva Australije i izabran u All Star 12 u 2014. godini
-Prvak australskog juniorskog prvenstva i izabran u All Star 7 u 2015. godini
-Nositelj odbojkaške stipendije australskog instituta za sport (AIS) 2015 – 2017.
-Najbolji juniorski odbojkaš države Queensland 2015. godine
-Prvak s ekipom Canberra Heat u australskoj odbojkaškoj ligi (AVL) 2015.
-Prvak nacionalnog školskog odbojkaškog kupa u Melbourneu (proglašen najkorisnijim igračem).
Gdje trenutno igraš?
“Trenutno sam u SAD-u na sveučilištu Charleston u Zapadnoj Virginiji, igram na sveučilišnom prvenstvu istočne konferencije protiv najboljih ekipa u SAD-u.”
Kakve su ti ambicije u budućnosti?
“Oduvijek sam sanjao igrati profesionalno u Europi, teško se odlučiti gdje točno, ali talijanska i ruska liga su najbolje pa bi mi igranje tamo bilo ispunjenje snova.”
Kako ti se dopada igrati za reprezentaciju Australije? Igraš li za mlađe kategorije ili seniore?
Koliko si upoznat sa hrvatskom odbojkom?
“Otkad se baka vratila u Hrvatsku priča mi o ženskoj odbojci, kaže da su odbojkašice dosta dobre, ali nisam ih imao priliku gledati, nadam se da hoću jednog dana.”
Bi li volio zaigrati za Hrvatsku kada bi ti netko iz saveza uputio poziv?
“Nisam siguran bi li imao pravo igrati za drugu reprezentaciju, ali bila bi to teška odluka, ipak sam odrastao u Australiji.”
Na koji način učiš pričati hrvatski i kako si se odlučio učiti ga?
“Najviše učim sam preko interneta, trudim se što više pričati s bakom na hrvatskom, nove riječi sam učim, a odlučio sam se naučiti jer cijenim svoje hrvatsko porijeklo i želim naučiti govoriti kako bi jednog dana moja djeca naučila pričati tečno hrvatski i prenijeti ga na sljedeće generacije.”
Max Senica was born on 19 August 1999 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to parents Sasha and Tracy Senica. His grandparents Augustin and Juliana Senica emigrated from Darda (Baranja, Croatia, 10 km north of Osijek) in 1967 to Ingham, Queensland, Australia. At the time Max’s father Sasha was only 5 years old. Sasha married Tracey, an Australian girl and they have two children, son Max and daughter Zoe.
Max is a young Australian volleyball player with Croatian roots. He successfully played in the Australian junior team in Queensland. In 2016 he was chosen to play in the Asian championship with senior team from the Australian Institute of Sport when he was only 17 years old. He was very honoured and proud when we asked him for an interview for Croatian Representation.
When, where and how did you start training for volleyball?
“I started back in 2012 with my father at a local high school, as it was my first year of trying volleyball since soccer was later on in the year. For about a month all we did was the basics so when it came to trials I was going to make the A team. From there, everything began to escalate and I started playing for my state and eventually my country.”
Here are some of Max achievements include:
-Won School Sport Australia National Championships and named All Star 12 in 2014.
-Won Australian Junior National title and named All Star 7 in 2015.
-Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Volleyball scholarship holder 2015. – 2017.
-Queensland Male Junior Player of the Year In 2015
-Won gold with Canberra Heat in mens Australian Volleyball League (AVL) in 2015.
-Won gold medal at National Volleyball Schools Cup in Melbourne (named MVP and captain).
Where you play now and your career so far?
“I am currently attending college at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, USA. I play in the NCAA division 1 Eastern Collegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) conference against some of the best teams in the country. ”
What is your ambitions for the future?
“I’ve always dreamt of playing professionally in Europe, the exact location is tough but the best leagues are in Italy and Russia so that would be my ultimate dream.”
What is it like playing for Australia? Did you play for an U19, U21 or Senior team?
“My first Australian representation in 2013 was one of my most memorable moments as the honour of wearing your country’s flag on your chest is a special moment. Considering I was playing in an U19 competition as a 15 year old, I was quite nervous but excited for the challenge. I was also fortunate enough to represent Australia in a Senior event, playing with the Senior men’s B team in Asian volleyball Cup in 2016. This was very special to me since I was able to compete with professional men as a 17 year old. ”
Do you know anything about Croatian volleyball?
“Since my grandmother lives in Croatia, she is always telling me about the Croatian women’s volleyball. I’ve heard they are quite good but I haven’t watched them play live yet so hopefully I can one day.”
Would you like to play for Croatia if someone asked you?
“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to play for multiple countries but it would be a difficult choice as Australia is where I grew up.”
How do you learn Croatian and why?
“Most of my Croatian has been self taught, I try to speak as much as I can with my grandmother but the new phrases I learn are on my own. This is because I value my Croatian heritage and I want to learn so my children can one day speak fluent Croatian and pass it down through our generations.”