Monday 25th May – Departure
The ITF Scotland National Team consisting of 5 coaches, 22 squad members, and numerous traveling support, departed from Edinburgh for the Italian Coastal City of Lido de Jesolo on the early morning flight at 6am. The team arrived in Jesolo shortly after 2pm on Monday afternoon. On settling into the rooms, the team had a quick meeting, with the coaches giving the itinerary for the day ahead; a quick bite to eat, re-hadrate and some light training in pre-dinner. Shortly after arrival Mr. McIlvaney (Team Manager) along with coaches Mr. Blair, Mr. Boydell, Mr. Condie and Mr. McGhee headed off to the arena to complete the registration process with the organising committee, collecting the teams ID Cards. The day ended with the evening team meeting.
Tuesday 26th May – Registration/Weigh-in
First official day of the championships for Team Scotland, after a light breakfast, the team headed off to the championships arena to make use of the matted area available for training, this was also the venue for the team’s weigh-in due at 12:48.
After a 1 1/2 hours training, in very hot conditions the team made way to the weigh-in room, with all competitors making weight first time. On completion of the process, we headed back to the hotel for lunch, and some downtime, before the afternoon patterns session. Most of the team made use of the beach for some team volleyball, and had a cool down in the hotel pool afterwards.
5pm team patterns training, and individual for those competing in patterns on Wednesday and some light sparring work for those juniors competing in sparring also.
After dinner, the team, headed off to the opening ceremony at 9.30pm. To end the day team meeting, with details of the draws, and preparation for the competition beginning tomorrow at 9am.
Wednesday 27th May – Morning First day of competition
The time has come, competition Day 1!
Very early start here in Italy this morning, with 7am breakfast and heading straight to the venue, to warm – up.
A run down of todays results from our teams reporter for the week; Mrs Carr 🙂
AM – Juniors Sparring
Michael McRoberts was up first thing in -62kg dominated a win in first round v Belgium , defeated in second round v Argentina.
Erin Blair -55kg defeated by Germany in first round. Gutsy performance for first international.
PM – Patterns
Senior 2nd Degree Patterns
Stephanie Willis first round v Poland defeated 2:3
Alice Wilson first round v Uruguay win 5:0, second round v Paraguay win 3:2, third round v Ireland defeated 0:5
Alexander Gray through first round competitor from Chile not approved, defeated second round v Finland 0:5
1st Degree Patterns
David Gray first round v USA win 5:0, second round v Ethiopia win 5:0, third round v Poland defeated 0:5.
Rachel Morning – first up for Scotland- boards were stubborn, no breaks.
Stephanie Willis , boards still stubborn, scored 6 points for turning kick.
To end the day, the team surprised Caitlin McGhee with a birthday cake and card to celebrate her 19th birthday.
You can find the pictures from the past few days on the ITF Scotland Facebook Page – WC2015 Gallery