LIGNANO -1: THE FLOOR TO THE COACHES

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While the Bella Italia EFA Village in Lignano Sabbiadoro are boiling due to the Para Swimming World Series swimmers’ warm up, we meet the head coaches of the main international teams. Here is a short interview with Leonardo (Leo) Tomasello (BRA) and Jacquie Marshall (UK)

 

World Series Lignano 2022
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First of all, how do you like it here in Lignano?

Jacquie: everything is fine here, the pool is very good, the accommodation has been fine

Leo: The location is very good, the accommodation, the swimming pool, the weather: everything is perfect. We’ve just been there in the previous years and every time is better: a more professional staff, a better organized swimming pool.

 

How was your trip to Lignano? Did you have restrictions due to Covid regulations?

Leo: In Brazil there aren’t particular restrictions, so we took off and arrived in Europe, spent some time with the connections and here we are.

Jacquie: no, we didn’t have to test to come out in that we’re fully vaccinated, so the trip has been relaxing

World Series Lignano 2022
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How is the health situation in your country? Are swimming pools open? Can you train regularly?

Leo: As I said, in Brazil life is relatively normal, so our swimmers live and train without any particular problems.

Jacquie: our national swimming program is working fine, so we can train each day.

 

What do you expect from this World Series leg? Did you finalize the training to this competition or is it just a step closer to the World Championships in Madeira?

Leo: We’re here mainly to prepare the Brazilian trials to build the team for the World Championsips. We have a lot of swimmers, so the competition is high and the trials are a kay event.

Jacquie: we’re here with many young swimmers, some of them have just been classified, a new generation of athletes on their first international stage. They are training to compete at international level

 

What do you expect from your swimmers? And which swimmers from other countries are you keeping your eyes on?

Leo: We have a historic rivalry with the Italian team, that will be very motivated to achieve great results in their home swimming pool, so we will watch carefully Carlotta Gilli, Stefano Raimondi, and of course “the landlord” Antonio Fantin.

Jacquie: I don’t spend much time looking at the other athletes. I like to watch the other teams train and compete, trying to learn anything from everybody, but I prefer to stay focused on my swimmers.

 

Let’s close this first round of interviews with the head coach of the Italian national team Riccardo Vernole.

World Series Lignano 2022
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 What do you expect from this World Series leg? Did you finalize the training to this competition or is it just a step closer to the World Championships in Madeira?

 This is a very important event for us: the first chance to qualify to the World championships for the younger athletes. After Tokyo we decided to leave your top swimmers quiet, so we made eligible to the World championships all the athletes in the 2021 world top 5 ranking.

 

Which are the Italian swimmers to keep eyes on?

 Antonio Fantin for sure, he lives here and trains in this pool, se he will be fully motivated to great racing. He has two fierce opponents, Nelson Crispin (COL) in the 100 and Phelipe Rodrigues in the 400m free events. I’m expecting an extremely focused Brazilian team, it will be a great fight!