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University Championships 2003:
Report and pictures
9th of July I flew to Milan to fulfill my
task as a coach for the Belgian lifter Steve Folens.
This year the championships for university students was organized in
Pavia, about 50 km south of Milan.
The results can be
checked on the official website: http://www.ginnasticapavese.it/pavia2003/results/default.htm
I'll try to give an objective report based on our experiences and on the
opinions I heard from the other teams.
The teams were lodged in 6 different (small) hotels in Salice Terme, a beautiful
spa resort located at nearly 40 km from Pavia. The official website
quoted that the facilities (like swimming pool and health treatments) of
this resort were "at
full disposal of The
teams and IWF officials".
However it turned out that all these were paying.
The spreading of information (results, bus schedules,..) to the
different hotels could have been much better.
training hall was well equipped and about 10 minutes walking from the
Temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius made the training- and
competition hall very hot, but enough water was at disposal of the
Gomez Olvina Marinely (Guatemala -48 kg), Folens Steve (+105 kg ,
Belgium), Ortega Janet (Mexico, -58 kg), Medrano Luis (Guatemala, -62
As usual the big distance between the lodging
places and the competition hall was found to be a rather negative aspect
by most of the participants. The shuttle bus needed about an hour and
they didn't drive very frequent. There was one till two hours between
the busses in spite of the promised 30 minutes quoted on the inscription
papers and website. Besides that, the bus and competition schedule
weren't' t tuned on each other (no shuttle right after the competition,
but in the middle of competitions etc..). All of this made it fairly
impossible for the teams to go and watch the competitions on a regular
The competition hall was nice and the competitions itself passed of
About 75 male competitors and more than 50 female lifters delivered a
high international standard and several world records were broken.
Unfortunately the spectators were very spare.
Besides some minor points, these championships offered again some nice
competitions and they were again a nice meeting
of the weightlifting family...
The turkish team became second in the nations ranking with Sunar Erdal
(-85 kg), Sen Ferit (-77 kg), Arslan Emrah (-69 kg),Karademir Emine (-53
We became very good friends with the congenial team from Guatemala:
Gomez Olvina Marinely (-48
Bran Joel (+105 kg)
Ruana Ogla (-58 kg)
Folens Steve, Bran Joel, Covemaecker Veerle,
Gomez Olvina Marinely and Ruana Ogla
The Irish team, Belgian team, Guatemalian team and
Polish coach in a pub.
The team from Chinese Taipei:
The last evening there was a closing banquet as
It was organized a in a nice surrounding t the university of Pavia.
of food was waiting for us on the tables, but we didn't know that we
were also part of a banquet.
Yes, thousands of mosquitos suddenly noticed the delicious dish of
Shirts or pants were of no use to protect us, they went right through
People were continuously moving, hitting around and waving with
everything they could get in a desperate attempt to survive the attack
of the killer-mosquitos :-)
wasn't very enjoyable , the situation also made me laugh.
The Asian team, waving with plates to keep the
mosquitos away, scratching the bites and jumping from leg to
It was a funny sight ...
Famous Maryse Turcotte from Canada (-58 kg) at the
Keeping her smile, even when under severe attack
of killer- mosquitos. :-)