Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cheers for Mr. Costi and a Guiness world record attempt


The IFF just posted a great story on the Guniess World Record Floorball attempt this weekend as the talked to USA's own Mr. Costi... and he said..
" This world record breaking game is supporting a great cause and will help continue to spread floorball to every corner of the planet! I am counting the days until the 12th and hope to see every one of you there supporting the fundraising efforts and supporting the players and enjoying some world class floorball."

Full story here http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=3321

They linked out to his own words on facebook... you know what - we take the risk of a little copyright infringement here since we will just copy it in here - but we think Zac is Ok with that ;-) - if not he will most likely call us or something lol.
Take it away Zac:
Hello everyone, my name is Zachary Costi and I have been a floorball goalie for about 6 years now. I am very excited to have been asked to take part in this amazing event and I am truly beyond words to explain how special this game is to me. I started playing floorball by chance in my home town of Fresno, California after a knee injury. My therapist doing my rehabilitation was part of a small group playing once a week. Once I healed I went out and was asked to try out the goalie position for the night and I was instantly hooked from that day. Our group grew over the next year or so and the Fresno Floorball Club was the first club to start a multi-team league in North America. California is one of the biggest hotspots for floorball in the United States and holds multiple tournaments a year with various clubs throughout the state participating but I was lucky enough to be in Fresno where we were able to play with the first set of boards in America on a weekly basis. One of our biggest obstacles in the United States is that we are so spread out and it is hard for a state to have a large league let alone a national league. Over the past few years we have made huge steps forward in spreading floorball across the nation with bringing more boards into the country as well as spreading the game to more and more states. Texas has caught the floorball bug and has started to expand there with a league and multiple tournaments held each year. As well as New York, Philadelphia, Florida and many other states are starting to play. I became a member of the USA men’s national team after trying out in the summer of 2011. I was unable to play in this last world championship due to a heart infection that put me in the hospital for almost a month just three months before the tournament in Switzerland. So my current goal is to be selected again to the men’s team and play in the North America’s Qualifier against Canada and newly added Jamaica in February of 2014. Along with my experiences playing State side I have now moved to Scotland and I am playing in the Scottish National League with the Aberdeen Oilers. We just finished our season a few weeks ago and I was able to help win the Scottish National Championship with the Oilers with an undefeated record. I was very surprised to see the growth of floorball here and the amount of international players playing here while they work or study in Scotland. The level of play, the wide spread league, and the passion here is great and I am excited to see that almost anywhere you go in the world you can find someone playing floorball. This world record breaking game is supporting a great cause and will help continue to spread floorball to every corner of the planet! It is amazing being a part of this event and this is proving that this sport is truly something special and can only go up from here. I am counting the days until the 12th and hope to see every one of you there supporting the fund raising efforts and supporting the players and enjoying some world class floorball.

We say cheers and in all honestly we also think a little about a Guiness...
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Caution

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!