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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 03 Mar 2014
LUKAS SKOWRONSKI - THE LIFE-INFUSED LUKAS!

DEAR LUKAS, WHAT ARE YOUR ORIGINS?
 
I was born in Poland and grew up in a small and old city Zlotoryja, famous for its “Gold washing world championships”, acrobatics and tennis. Yes tennis, since I was 7 years old this sport was filling most of my time. Sports was in my blood and I came to my parents and told them that I would like to become a tennis player. When I was 16 I was in the national team as one of the best  juniors in Poland, together with Lukasz Kubot (Australian Open 2014 doubles winner) and other top  polish tennis players. 
 
IMPRESSIVE, SO DID YOU MAKE TENNIS YOUR CAREER?
 
When I passed my high school exams with very good notes I was faced with a big dilemma, whether to continue with tennis or education. My parents convinced me to study economics, and now I know that was a good choice. I finished International trade
with very good results and started to work in a large logistics company. I quickly realized that this was not my cup of tea, so I started to search on the internet for jobs related to tennis and traveling. This is how I found an American tennis company hiring international coaches to run tennis programs in exclusive clubs and hotels all over the
world. After an interview in Austria and few months training and working in California, the company  offered me a position of a tennis director in the beautiful and famous Le
Touessrok.
 
WHAT ARE THE PRECIOUS CHILDHOOD MEMORIES WHICH YOU CHERISH?
 
As a little boy I was always full of energy, even when I was ill and my mum was taking me to the doctor, I was making loads of noise in the waiting room using chairs as my private cars 
 
Today I’m still full of energy and I love cars. In primary school I was waking up at
6am to start my tennis practice at 6.30 before school. That every day  routine taught me discipline and persistency. Some mornings it was -20 C outside snowing and windy
and my parents were still sleeping.  
 
EVERYONE HAS A LIFE CHANGING MOMENT, WHAT WAS YOURS?
 
Coming to Mauritius was a quite big revolution in my life. I left Poland, all my friends, family and places that I was used to. I wasn’t afraid, I knew I would meet new interesting people, and I was right. I met Maista,  a singer from Belle Mare just after my arrival and  we became almost like brothers. I’m a godfather of his youngest son and through him and his friends I experienced Mauritius from  a very interesting side.
Thanks to him and also Lukas Kubot I’m together with my wife Rachelle. (Long story…) I invited her to a UB40 concert and right from the beginning I knew she was the one. Another important part of my life are our 3 dogs, 2 german shepherds Prada and he
son Gucci and mix dog Lucky. We are really enjoying living in the middle of the island by the riverside.
 
WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU DURING YOUR LIFE?
 
The most important people in my life are my parents and especially my mum. They sacrificed a lot to give my sisters and me a chance to study, learn foreign languages, practice tennis, travel to tournaments. To give you a picture of Poland in those days, the price of one tennis racquet was a monthly salary of a school teacher. As a teenager I
was aware of that and I was working very hard on and off the tennis court not to waste the opportunity they gave me. Every tennis tournament teaches you that winning and losing is part of the game and you have to handle both.
 
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE?
 
I love the weather, ocean and the beach. The life style is completely different than in Europe. I like it like this. Working with different hotels gives you a chance to be in those beautiful and luxurious places on daily basis. People in Mauritius are friendly and positive.

They can appreciate the life as it is, even if they don’t have to much money. Island
is so multicultural and yet all the races and religions are sharing this small space without bigger issues. 
 
DO YOU HAVE  ANY CLOSING  COMMENTS OR OTHER INFO YOU WOULD  LIKE TO SHARE?
 
It is always a great pleasure for me to work with Island Info and Easy Print, you guys are very professional and always on time, that is not so common on our small island.
 
Thank You and all the best.

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