What does it take to get an achievable goal out of a big dream connected with armwrestling? The head referee of the Italian armwrestling federation, which this year will host the thirteenth Super Match, Katia Cruchitti, knows! ()
Tell us how a little blonde has become a Head Referee of Italian Macho?
– I’ve loved armwrestling for the first moment and I could not simply be a spectator, I wanted to be a referee, I wanted to work at world class events. I recall spending endless days and nights watching European Championships, World Championships and the Zloty Tur. I remember looking up the referees and I said to myself: “One day you will be one of them!”. I was looking at two women, they were my idols and I dreamed to work with them and now these women are my colleagues: Camilla Kattstrom and Venera Urazgildeeva. I have to thank my president Claudio Rizza for believing in me. I have spent my free time traveling around the world, referring at all sorts of events and it all finally paid off in 2016 when I won the Harry Naskali award and shortly after reached the Master qualification. Straight after that I obtained the Head Referee title in November 2017. The time spent to get to this was the time I spent best because I invested in myself; I owed it to myself and my dream.
What was the most difficult match you worked at?
– When I started off, I thought all events were hard but the hardest match that I remember it's a match between Viktoria Iliushyna from Ukraine and Oksanа Gorbach from Russia during EAC 2015 in Bulgaria; I am not sure it has been the hardest but the longest for sure....7 minutes.