44 participants of the HMBIA General Assembly 2019 attended the opening ceremony of the HMB Soft World Championship among schools and clubs. Young athletes were welcomed by Eduard Eme, HMBIA President of HMBIA and Gavin Stewart, HMBIA Vice President, who referring to the athletes, focused the attention of all Championship participants on the fact that they are the future of HMB sports.
During the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to reward the winners of the individual category of the 10-11 and 12-13 age group.Adult, experienced HMB fighters, who came to support the participants of the Championship, did not hide their joy for the younger generation of athletes. Among the guests of the Championship was Mikhail Morgulis from Israel, whose student represented his country here:
“I am proud! Jona performed excellent for a debut in such high level competitions! There was no fear, there was pressure, confidence in his eyes and, of course, friendliness. Since we decided to apply for participation in the Championship, he began to train 5 times in a week. plus morning training sessions. Our preparations were quite serious. We’ve identified errors and will work on it.”
Esther Veldstra from the Netherlands also came to support HMB Soft athletes and expressed hope that soon representatives of her country will compete for medals at the HMB Soft World Championship.