Kebba, Edwards and Seedia, three asylum seekers from Gambia during a curling training in the former 2006 Olympic stadium in Pinerolo, Northern Italy. They are part of the first ever curling team made all of asylum seekers.
This is Tomaso Clavarino @tomasoclavarino, this week I will be sharing photos from my project “Ice Dreams” on a very particular curling team recently born in a small village in the Italian Alps.
Kebba had never seen the ice before, James yes: but in cubes, and inside a Coca-Cola.Edward, when the first cold fell, thought he would not survive more than a few days. On the other hand in Gambia, or in Sierra Leone, where Kebba, James, Edward, Seedia, Lamin, Joseph, were born and raised, when it is cold, but really cold, there are 15 degrees. Not like in Torre Pellice, near Turin, Northern Italy. Here people are used to live with the cold and the wind that lashes the small villages. They could end up in Puglia, in Campania, like many other migrants, but they were sent to the north, within the program for asylum seekers, where the villages are seeing a fast depopulation and the climate is certainly not hospitable. And what can six asylum seekers do in Torre Pellice? The answer seems obvious: play curling!
Yes, because the six have given life, together with a curling coach from Pinerolo, Eros Gonin, and the Diaconia Valdese (local Evangelical Church) to a real team. They train twice a week on the ice, the same ice they had never seen before. Escaped from their countries, they first crossed the Sahara, then the Mediterranean, and now they are in a sports arena in Pinerolo to heat the ice and try to make more points of the opponents. Exactly where the 2006 Olympic games where played. They had the dream of participating in the interregional championship, but the federation didn’t allowed them: burocracy says there can’t be more than one foreigner per team. Their story is a story of sport, but not only. It’s a story of adaptation and resistance.
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Single leg Box Squats
Developing the ability of controlling your centre of mass on one leg is vitally important for any field based athlete
When we are sprinting, jumping, changing direction etc. It’s important that we are in control. Not only when we are fresh but also in the presence of fatigue. One way I develop this in a gym setting is the placement of single leg exercises in the program
For beginner athletes, who don’t possess adequate capacity, I will place extensive single work at the beginning of the workout, usually in the warm up. As they advance I ask them to maintain the quality towards the end of the session when fatigue is present
At the end of the day the majority of non contact injuries will occur in the presence of fatigue so the more efficient movement quality remains when fatigue is present the lower their risk of injury
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