From the 3rd to the 4th of September, the seminar of psychology of the positive result, promoted by Sportmeet, took place in Trento at the Mariapoli Centre of Cadine. The initiative involved forty people coming from Austria, Germany and numerous Italian regions. For two days sports science students, promoters of CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee), trainers, teachers of physical education, experts and sport lovers as well as company employees, lawyers and entrepreneurs could learn the “secrets” of high performance.
On Monday October 31, a small Sportmeet delegation went to Innsbruck (Austria) to meet Michael Walchhofer, ski champion retired at the end of season 2010-2011 after gaining the title of world alpine ski champion (St. Moritz 2003) and after winning the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin and three Discipline World Cups (2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2008-2009).
Fundacion Amiga is an educational sports programme operating in Esmeraldas, in the Ecuadorean afro region, a poor region affected by great social problems.At Fundacion Amiga there is a school managed by 70 teachers and hosting 800 pupils aged between 3 and 18. Almost all come from the poorest areas and are mostly black. There is also a football school, which already provided Ecuadorean professional football teams and even the national team with players.
Sport champions as lifestyle models? An interview with Valerio Bianchini, a living legend of basketball and one of the speakers at the next Sportmeet Convention. Valerio Bianchini has discovered and managed many a champion. He’s been working with basketball for over 40 years, has won three championships with three different teams, two European cups and one club intercontinental cup. He is the Italian national team’s former trainer and is deeply committed to studying sports and the world surrounding them.
Four conferences were recently held in four universities and high schools for physical education, through which Sportmeet had the chance to introduce its cultural proposals and sports projects in Argentina.
The Republic of Macedonia gained its independence in 1991, after the Yugoslavian federation came apart. It is a small Country (2,022,547 inhabitants, 467,257 of whom living in Skopje) with a rich cultural and spiritual legacy, and a meeting point for several nationalities, cultures and beliefs. The religious structure is closely related to the national one, made up of 7 ethnic groups. The most represented communities are orthodox Christians (Macedonians, Walachs, Serbs) and Muslims (Albanians, Turks, Bosnians, gypsies). The long period under the rule of Communism, characterized by great political and economic changes, brought about spiritual and material poverty. The unemployment rate amounts to 36.1%, and 29.6% of the population live below poverty threshold.
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