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Student grant helps Hanna Vilmi to achieve her gold medal dream in showdown
17.01.2015

Photo: Hanna Vilmi
Photo: Hanna Vilmi


Hanna Vilmi is trying to win her fifth consecutive Pajulahti Games showdown championship but her main aim of the year 2015 is winning the World Championship in the IBSA World Games in Seoul, South Korea in May.

Vilmi have won four European Championships but silver medal is her best achievement in the Worlds. The players in the European Championships and in the World Championships have been the same so far because showdown is very Europe-orientated sport.

- Iíve heard some rumors that there would be players from other continents in Korea. Iím expecting very interesting tournament there, Vilmi said.

She got some crucial economical help for her preparations for the World Championships as she was granted a 2000 euro student grant for the semester 2014-2015. It was a second time Vilmi got the grant but normally it is very unusual that an athlete from non-Paralympic sport gets a grant in Finland.

- Iíve been in so many Championships and won so many medals that I think it was justified. The grant is a huge help for me because the travelling and equipment are so expensive, said Vilmi who is studying Latin language and Roman literature in the university of Helsinki.

 

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French showdown trio chose Pajulahti instead of Korea
16.01.2015

Photo: Thibaut Le Brun
Photo: Thibaut Le Brun


Thibaut Le Brun blows air out of his lungs after the final whistle of a showdown match against Finnish Jarno Vilťn in Pajulahti Games. He have just won his third match of the day.

- Iím very satisfied with the way Iíve been playing so far. This is my first time in the Pajulahti Games, Le Brun said.

Many successful showdown countries are absent from this yearís Pajulahti Games. The main reason is money. The Showdown World Championships are held as a part of the IBSA World Games in Seoul, South Korea on May. A long trip from Europe is a big expense and many countries canít afford taking part in the smaller tournaments this year.

Still there are three players from France in Pajulahti: Thibaut Le Brun, Pierre Bertrand and Mickael Lapaz.

- The World Championships are way too expensive for us. Thatís why we are here and wonít be going to Korea, told Mickael Lapaz.
 

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