Monday, July 16, 2012

Pioneer Floorball from Canada

Recently a video jumped up that showed an North American participating in one of the largest and more advanced Floorball Camp's in Western Europe. So we checked in with Jakob to see what he thought about his experience in Sweden - in terms of Floorball...

1) Are you the first North American to participate at the Floorball Star Camp in Sweden?
I am not sure if I am the first North American but I know that I am the first Canadian at Star Camp. 

2) What was is that made you decide to participate in this?
I am involved with Canada's National Team, coached by David Jansson who is also the Head Coach of Pixbo Wallenstam in Sweden. He invited me and a friend of mine to camp after our trip to L.A. with him and unfortunately he was not able to be there during the week when I was at Star Camp. He is a big part of the reason why I chose to participate at Star Camp but also because I have many loved family and friends here in Sweden that I meanwhile was in need to visit as well as participate in Star Camp. 

3)  Did you have fun and did you develop your Foorball skills?
I had a blast! Couldn't have asked for a better time and I would really want to thank Kalle Brännberg for the help and care that he gave me so that I enjoyed myself at Star Camp. I really feel I developed my floorball knowledge and skills and I will continue to train and work harder each and everyday to fulfill my future floorball dreams. 

4)  Would you recommend other North Americans to do the same? Will you go again?
I am really hoping to go again next year. It was an amazing experience and I loved being at Star Camp. I could not however recommend other North Americans, but I could recommend other Canadians to participate in Star Camp with me possibly next year in 2013. 

5) Can you imagine a good Floorball camp being arranged for Floorball here in North America too?
Yes, I could imagine a Floorball Camp being arranged in Canada but we as a country first need to grow the sport and continue to show people this develop sport in Canada as it is not as "big" where I live as it is in Sweden.

6) What is your best memory from the star camp?
I have two very great memories from Star Camp. To the leaders who I was involved with, (Jon Hedlund, Martin Östholm, Daniel Calebsson, Kasper Hydén, Tim Wiklund, and Many more on Pixbo's Men's Team) they made my journey during the week unforgettable and learning, playing, and talking with them is something I would never forget. I also was rooming with a really great group of guys from Värnamo and they welcomed from the first day and I really enjoyed playing and getting to know them during the week. 

7) Do you have something else you want to share from this experience?
Lastly I could just say that thanks to Kalle Bränneberg and many more leaders that they really showed me the level of how floorball can be played and I tried to digest everything they told me so that I can take it back home with me to keep training at my passion, floorball. 

Floorballcentral wants to believe that Jakob is the very first North American going to a main European camp - at least as a person residing in North America.
We say a great bunch of thank You to Jakob and wish him all the luck he might need in all his future Floorball engagements, both here and over seas..

Here a link to the video with Jakob that we already showed...
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!