Saturday, July 30, 2016

My 30th World Footbag Championships travel diary - day 4

Players check in

Today was the beginning of the check in for the players so Team Montreal is all complete by now. Maude Landreville, Marilyn Demuy, Geneviève Bousquet the three women superstar of footbag net are in the house as well as François Depatie-Pelletier, Luc Legault, Manu Bouchard and I. Lots of Germans, the french teams from Paris and Nantes arrived and Team Finland, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, USA and Switzerland are all safely in Trnava.

With Jan ''Dexter'' Struz, the tournament director and volunteer Nama at the players check in

In the afternoon, as it was so hot I went to the pool, a bit of hot tub to rub the muscles. It's all good.

Opening ceremony

At 8 pm we had the official ceremony at Trnava's town hall. As you probably know by now the mayor of the city is an ex footbag player and he is a major reason why the tournament is here. The city was very intrumental in providing the facilities that we're gonna use this week and by facilitating the sponsorship contacts.
Group of players enthusiastically listening to the opening ceremony's allocution

Jan Struz tournament director - Peter Brocka - Trnava mayor - Wiktor Debski president players association

After the brief ceremony, where the city provided a drink to everyone, we moved on outside to take a group picture near the #Trnava sign that's planted in the middle of the city.
#Trnava - 2016 World Footbag Championships first players in.

Tomorrow the plan is to get some kicks in with my partner after he completes his singles pool, which is one of the earliest. I will also watch my teammates play.
The 3 girls will be in action as well as François.  So tomorrow is the big start of the competition whereas the doubles will start on Monday, I can't wait.

Photos of the ceremony and #Trnava by the tournament organization

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