Friday, 25 September 2015

Getting ready ~ Seniors C

Today was the one full day off for the players – time for them to get over their jet-lag and have some quiet systems discussions amongst themselves. 

Paul Hackett and David Mossop have been acclimatising in Goa, and they arrived this evening.

I joined Sally Brock and Heather Dhondy on a tour of Chennai this morning. We visited two temples, one church, one basilica, one fort, one shop and saw the aforementioned Marina beach. What did I learn? St Thomas' Basilica is built over the tomb of St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles.

Later on I sat in on the Press conference for the Indian press, which was very well attended, with quite a few TV cameras. So far nearly a hundred Indian teams have entered the Transnational teams (open to anybody from anywhere) and the total entry may break the record set in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, in 2011.

In the main events there are 66 teams playing and 35 countries are represented. India (as hosts) and 12 other countries (including England) have teams in all three competitions. Six countries have two teams and 15 have only one team. A few famous European teams didn't qualify; for example, France, the Senior World Champions in 2011, aren't here.

David Price sends greetings to all his friends at Clare Bridge Club.

Yesterday's Senior quote is credited to Abraham Lincoln. Today's is by C.S. Lewis: 
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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