Portugal - Projecto "Moreira Team" / Figueira da Foz - Jun 2017
Este fim-de-semana fui até à Figueira da Foz e tive a oportunidade de viver talvez os dias mais emocionantes (até à data) de 2017!
Arranquei no Sábado de madrugada de boleia com o Fausto, mal dormida pela ansiedade (também porque estava para nascer a Olívia, a minha prima mais nova) e a partir daí acho que tivemos direito a tudo!
This weekend I went to Figueira da Foz and I had the opportunity to live perhaps the most exciting days (to date) of 2017!
Earlier this year we did a crowdfunding campaign for the "Moreira Team" which covered the costs of essential supplies and competition fees for the young athletes. The money raised increased the responsibility of continuing the work and, simultaneously, the motivation to achieve good results. We did not want to defraud expectations of the people that supported us...
Over the course of these 6 months, the number of participating athletes has increased, as have the obligations of Elson, who has strived in an impressive way to bring professional and personal life together with the project. Luckily (and to my relief) the team recently gained a weight boost. Elson invited a bellman and friend to give training twice a week, Fausto Rego (professional athlete, recognized in the sport), who accepted the challenge.
This weekend was the National Kickboxing Championship. Five "Moreira Team" athletes were determined to win a medal. We all knew how important it would be for the team, not only in recognition of the work done but also in the possibility of obtaining more support in the future. "Little" pressure, no?😜
To "help," Elson's professional duties did not allow him to move out from Paço de Arcos, and (for that matter) the last training was particularly emotional. He is the foundation of the team and his presence necessarily makes all the difference.
I started out on Saturday night with a hitch-hiker with Fausto, barely asleep because of anxiety (also because my new cousin, Olivia, was about to be born). From there I think we had opportunity of experience everything!
The days went like this: We met with the athletes representing the team (Sandro, Samuel, Max, Tiago and Afonso) and the relatives who accompanied them, did the weighing and waiting for the fights, experienced growing tension, tears of frustration or decompression, joys of the victories, sorrows of defeat, the feelings of injustice and those of jubilation… And in the midst of this whirlwind, Elson made a surprise appearance on Sunday for the decisive fights. What a moment!
In short: we returned with 1 Champion, 1 Runner-up, a bronze medal and a 4th place!
I was impressed with this, with me. I gave myself the opportunity to confirm in a very special way what I have long known: that the most important thing about this project is something that cannot be measured. It is the bonds, the union that is established between us all.
I love each of them so much and in such a special way that I rejoice or suffer for them with the same intensity. It's as if, to some extent, they were all a bit mine. Yes, they are, in fact, family (reviewed by Kasey Kinsella)