Bob Westerdale talks with Rod Sarich

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Rod Sarich, aged 31, Sheffield Steelers ice star and part time pop idol.

What have you been doing today?

I’ve been to the gym, then training, then work, then Uni, then bed...and repeat.

Who is your inspiration?

My wife for her ability to get things done. I’m a procrastinator. She is not. This may or may not count for brownie points.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Any former Montreal Canadian. My father was a fan and a brilliant brain-washer.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I now love golf. I used to play a lot and we’d fall out all the time. Now we see each other very little, but when we do, it’s always love.

When was the last time you cried?

At my wedding, making a toast to my wife and absent friends. Technically it was more sniffling than outright tears but some of my teammates were present and would likely describe the latter.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Probably my brother. He’s made it to the highest level of hockey. And despite his success and wealth he remains one of the nicest guys I know.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“Don’t quit your piano lessons or you’ll regret it.” I did. And I do.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I was 12 I told my Dad that I was more excited about making a great pass than scoring a goal. He told me that was because I was a good player. My father was a brilliant player.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My phone, mainly for the music. I wish I could say it’s my guitar, I’d take it everywhere if it was only more smaller. I don’t like ukuleles.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Singing in public for the first time. I was sweating so much I could barely hold on to the guitar but it was a great rush. Thankfully I wasn’t singing the first song. I’d forgotten to plug my guitar in for that one.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

All the time, but then I go out and try to prove myself wrong. I’ve read that the majority of people feel, at some point, that they’re under-qualified and fooling everyone in their work so I take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

Facebook is great for keeping track of distant friends, with minimal effort. Twitter is a minefield for the socially inept.

How do you relax away from sport?

I’ll have a go on the guitar or go to the movies. I also enjoy a cryptic crossword.

Where was your last holiday and would you go again ?

Our honeymoon. I’d go back to Sorrento in a heartbeat but keep Capri to a day trip, too crowded.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I do a lot of cooking. But one of my favourite things to make is pizza. When I’m in charge the toppings go to the edge and beyond. None of this shop-bought three inch perimeter of cost-saving dough Malarkey.

What was the last book you read?

It was something regarding the rising importance of social media in business marketing. Yikes! My favourite book is ‘A Little History of the World’ by E.H. Gombrich or ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Dumas.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

If I had a lot of money I’d get into farming. Great community and personal satisfaction to be found here. But I’d spend my winters travelling to hot climates, writing and golfing.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Maybe you’re interested to discover what a pro ice hockey player does in his spare time? I do crosswords and watch a lot of ITV3. I can’t be that interesting.

Favourite TV programme?

Any program involving David Mitchell - Peep Show, Would I Lie to You, Ten O’clock Live - they’re all brilliant!