Spain’s rink hockey team, the reigning world champion after its success at the World Roller Games in Nanjing 2017, is facing the final stretch of its preparation for the European Championships to be held in A Coruña from 14 to 22 July.
On the occasion of the team honing its skills at the High Performance Centre (CAR) in Sant Cugat, WRG Barcelona made the most of this golden opportunity to witness the work of one of the world’s strongest national teams and exchange views with its coach, Alejandro Domínguez.
The national coach was positive about the team’s training at the CAR and admitted that “it is a blessing” that the Spanish national team is playing “at home”, on such a great stage in which hockey fills the air as A Coruña.
Domínguez also expressed his desire to minimise the hangover of success from Nanjing 2017, where the team won gold, and said that “the hunger and attitude of training” does not allow for any thoughts of relaxation, although he acknowledged that these doubts will not be completely dispelled until “we begin to compete”.
The coach of the reigning world champions also acknowledged the appeal of the WRG Barcelona a year before they commence. “There is still a long time to go before they start, but it is clear that they are a very important event for us and for all of roller-skating”, Domínguez said, before recalling that the Barcelona event has been very present in his schedule since the beginning of his project with this current group of players.
The Spanish national team is in Group A of the European Championships, together with England, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, and will officially make its debut against the English national team at 8pm next Saturday, 14 July.