Softball Blues prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. They’ve only gone to Ronchi dei Legionari for a meeting in preparation for the next engagements, but they really had to pack up for an important challenge. In fact, they will be in the US until April 29 to face a series of competitions. The program has many competitions against the best softball abroad: in Florida, at the Jackie Robinson complex in Vero Beach and then in Fort Myers, Blue will challenge the US 4 times and Canada twice.
“We had a meeting for a week at the Ronchi dei Legionari, where we trained and played friendly matches between us. I must say that although it was the beginning of the year and there were many difficulties in preparing for the winter due to the epidemic, the rally went well and bodes well in the upcoming dates’ Says Marta Gasparuto, the best athlete in the national team.
The Olympic Games is the dream of every athlete, and Martha, who started at a young age, is proud of this goal. After playing in all youth ranks, I made it to the First Division. In 2016, she won a scholarship to attend Chipula College in Mariana (Florida), USA, where she played in the NJCAA Championships and reached the National Finals. After returning to Italy, in 2017 she played for the Bussolengo (VR) team, won the national semi-final and won the first European Cup (Champions Cup) in Harlem in the Netherlands. Now, however, he is playing in the Bollate Softball and preparing for the tournament that begins on May 22nd.
“It will be a special tournament because at the end of June and throughout the month of July there will be a break for the national team for the European Championship (in Friuli Venezia Giulia from June 27 to July 3) and then for the Olympics.” Remember the mathematician.
Marta is not only proud of the sporting achievements of her new team and her dream to participate in the Olympics. This year has reached an important milestone. Along with 5 other athletes she joined the army, meaning that her passion has turned into a real job. Along with other national athletes, they were chosen: Julia Lungi, Erika Biancastelli, Laura Vigna, Elisa Sekiti and Ilaria Cacciamani.
It is a very important estimate, as Marta Gasparuto explains:Joining the army means that my passion has become my job. Now I can focus on being an athlete and giving everything I have. This is essential for an athlete. “
Elisa Sekiti, born in 1995, Marta Polati’s companion, is also proud of this prospect: It is a historic moment for Italian softball because it gives us the opportunity to be a professional athlete, and for younger girls it gives hope and an example for the ability to be one day. ” While for Laura Vigna:It is an honor and a privilege that guarantees continuity on an athletic level we have never had before. I strongly believe in this project and that in the future it can welcome other players. “.
“I am lucky because I am an athlete of the national interest. I can continue to train in the gym and in the stadium naturally, so I do not mind the restrictions imposed by the epidemic, on the contrary, sometimes I have to stay at home takes a lot of distractions and I can focus more on recovery And the diet, “explains Gasparuto, and concludes:”We have a new coach this year, Indalecio, who requires a lot of work and discipline from us so the training is tough, but the preparations are going well and I have a lot of hopes in this tournament. The aim is to repeat the tournament that won last year. ”
When your dream becomes your job, you can only give your best. And the Italian national team will almost certainly do that in the upcoming Olympics.
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