Birkirkara Badminton Club player and Triple Crown National Champion, Fiorella M. Sadowski, has recently attended a week long training camp in Spain in preparation for her forthcoming local and international engagements.
The training camp was organised by the Spanish Badminton Federation and conducted by current Italian National Coach Arturo Ruiz Lopez. Ruiz Lopez has been the National Coach of the Spanish team at the London 2012 Summer Olympics and at the Mediterranean games in Mersin in 2013. He has been a top singles and doubles player participating regularly in the Badminton World Federation & Badminton Europe’s circuit for many years. Now, the Italian Badminton Federation has entrusted him with the preparation of their National Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
During this camp, Ruiz Lopez was accompanied by a team of 10 other coaches, all of whom with a recognised portfolio. Amongst the coaches present there were Yoana Martinez, a Spanish International badminton player who participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Mario Carulla Shultz, an elite badminton player from Peru who participated in the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1996.
Sadowski was training alongside Italian National players Giovanni Greco, Rosario Maddaloni and Fabio Caponio, as well as with the current Spanish ladies doubles champion Laia Oset Moncho.
The training sessions were held twice daily and lasted 3 hours each session and included physical, technical and tactical aspects of the game. Moreover, the participants had a session dedicated to Nutrition in Sport, with particular reference to nutrition and dietary requirements in badminton.
At the end of the camp coach Ruiz Lopez expressed the satisfaction in the Maltese participation in such training camps and conveyed his wish to see more Maltese badminton players attending similar camps in the future. He was also very happy with Sadowski’s progress and hard work during the week, and invited her to attend the Italian National Centre for Badminton in Milan in the coming months to assist in her badminton development.