The Italian national powerchair hockey team are scheduled to have their first national team technical meeting and training camp this weekend since their eighth place finish at the IWAS Electric Wheelchair Hockey World Championship in August.
The national team has had a number of changes, with a lot of new players on the squad. The team lost every game at the German hosted World Championships, and there were demands on Federazione Italiana Wheelchair Hockey President Antonio Spinelli to make changes to the program so that would not happen again. In advance of this camp, he told the Comitato Italiano Paralimpico that he sees this camp as a chance for a new beginning and that he expects to get valuable feedback after it about what direction the team should go. He is also convinced that Saul Vadalà Alessandro Marinelli as the new national team coach will be fruitful in improving the team’s future performance.
Players invited to the meeting and camp include Simone Bettineschi, Claudio Carelli, Emanuel Farcasel, Andrea Felicani, Marco Ferrazza, Jon Jignea, Daniele Lazzari, Marco Lazzari, Tommaso Liccardo, Mattia Muratore, Francesca Nicolosi, Francesco Prima, Andrea Ronsval, Claudio Salvo, Mirko Tomassini, Fabio Toniolo, Lorenzo Vandelli, Luca Vanoli, and Luca Vittadello.
The team has a while to make changes as the next scheduled international competition is not until 2016, when European championships are expected to take place.