Colin was a sports enthusiast ever since his mother told him stories of how she won the National level long jump for 7 consecutive years. She also represented India in the 100 and 200 meters dash and was also the torch bearer for the Asian and National games. His father too had inspiring stories to tell his son about his days with the state’s athletics team. Mr. Mascarenhas was the fastest man in Karnataka during his younger years. These stories inspired Colin and his elder brother Robin to go on and win many medals and trophies during their days at St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School. Colin was known for his attacking prowess in hockey and football. He has also represented Karnataka in the Triathlon and Taekwondo. “I loved playing sports, and I enjoyed many sports. Each sport has it’s own appeal, which is why I am flexible to learning a new sport.”
Rugby caught Colin’s attention when a very good friend introduced him to the sport. Adam Whittington, Colin’s first Rugby coach was instrumental in training and developing Colin. “What I love most about the sport is its culture. I believe that it takes a big heart to play the sport. People may think that you need a big physique, but in all honesty the sport is beyond the massive biceps and large shoulders.” Colin further explains that the sport has very strict rules and it takes a lot of practice to grow into a fully-fledged player.
What I love most about the sports is its culture. I believe that it takes a big heart to play the sport. People may think that you need a big physique, but in all honesty the sport is beyond the massive biceps and large shoulders.”
Colin trains twice a week with his team. The team generally practices on mud grounds, because of the scarcity of grass grounds in Bangalore. “Yes, we are prone to injuries just like any other sport. An inexperienced player is likely to suffer more injuries than a player who is experienced. We train and condition just like it’s done in football and each of us do our own strength training according to areas we need to work on. I must tell you that Rugby is built on the philosophy of teamwork – lack of coordination and communication can have a big impact. The motive is to get forward, but you have to keep passing the ball behind. You cannot pass the ball to a player in front of you.”
The motive is to get forward, but you have to keep passing the ball behind. You cannot pass the ball to a player in front of you.”
Colin expresses his deep admiration for the spirit the players show on and off the pitch. “Imagine the biggest of stars do not show aggression to the referee. Even off the pitch, the players from both teams get together for a good night out. The mutual respect players show towards each other is remarkable.” Colin’s favorite player is Shane Williams, and he enjoys watching games when New Zealand, England, South Africa, France and Japan are involved. “I would like to express my gratitude to Nishant Nereyeth, Tarun Appanna, Puneeth Krishnamurthy and Mark Fernandes for developing the sport in Karnataka.” Colin is in love with the game and is fully focused and determined to perform at the best level for his club.