Julien Boucher's world championship blog

Day #11 and #12 –September 24-25 – Trieste

It is 6 p.m., September 24 in Trieste. The team is completing its training session without me and Larry McKay who have been assigned laundry duties this afternoon. We did a great job.

The trip from Bled to Trieste went well.  We actually arrived earlier than expected. At our arrival, everything was ready: hotel rooms and lunch. Since then it hasn’t been as smooth. It is true the worlds are a big event being held in six cities. For example the organizing committee wasn’t aware of our request made last month for tickets to other matches for our team members. We hope to solve this dilemma prior to our first match.

On the court, training is going well and our guys are focused.  Last night’s training on the match court was held at a high level. Lots of work on ball control, six-on-six. The intensity was high.

For Glenn and me, two meetings in 12 hours: the first at 9 p.m. was for preliminary enquiries. This meeting is to verify the players’ passports, registration forms and team uniforms. This afternoon, we had a technical meeting with the organizing committee, officials, as well as, the coaches and team managers.

With all formalities aside, the serious stuff starts tomorrow. Our first match is at 5 p.m., against Poland. In fact our three first round matches are at 5 p.m.

Photos are available at :

http://www.fivb.org/EN/Volleyball/Competitions/WorldChampionships/2010/Men/PhotosVariousF.asp?Tourn=MWCH2010.

Julien Boucher, Canadian team manager