Statement from President of the local organizing committee
Even Saturday morning, Brazilian swimmers are on fire. Two news American records, set by José Ronaldo da Silva (100 S1 back, 3.02.68 lowering his own personal best of 3.03.18) and Joao Pedro Brutos de Oliveira (100 SB14 breast 1.05.57, lowering the former record of the teammate Gabriel Bandeira 1.06.31), Gabriel Geraldo Dos Santos Araujo (50 S2 free 55.45, former 55.52).
We met the always-busy president of the Local organizing committee (LOC) Daniele Zotti, for the first time in charge tooking over from Francesco Bettella.
How do you live this event from the command deck?
There is not much of a difference, I’m on the LOC from the first edition in 2018, so I know what to do. Now I have more duties, but I have a great team and I’m fully confident. We’re happy and a bit surprised to have so many swimmers here in Lignano. We didn’t expect so many entries from abroad due to the Covid pandemic. I think we did well in the past years, so our foreign friends have trusted us.
Everything is working at its best. How far in advance did you start to organize the event?
365 days. Before we finish, we’re already thinking about the next edition. The specific operations start six months before.
Volunteers are a key element of the organization. How do you recruit them? Do the media hype on para swimming in the past years make things easier?
In the early years we had a great help from the schools, that has lacked due to Covid. Today we primarily rely on parents, relatives and friends, but actually we see more and more people and organizations getting closer to our world.
Passion is the key. Once the lights go out, what’s left?
So much. The warmth of the people, a growing movement, more and more boys and girls who discover the beautiful world of para swimming. We’re all volunteers with families and friends involved, we spend a lot of time and money, but it is absolutely worth it.