The spring period is a very busy time for our team. On April 14, three new athletes arrived at the Kazan Airport for further participation in the FINA scholarship program.
Bernat Lomero Arenas, a 23-year-old swimmer from Andorra, is an old friend of ours, because he came to Kazan for the first FINA international training camp, held jointly with the Development Center of Thanyapura (Thailand) in 2019 before the FINA Swimming World Cup. This means that he is already familiar with the capital of Tatarstan, the Aquatics Palace, as well as with the FINA Development center Kazan team.
Bernat himself kindly shared his first impression after arriving in Russia, and also told about his expectations from the program:
"Yeah, for sure I knew about the Kazan team for a long time and watched the page on Instagram for quite a long time, which means I don't expect any special surprises. After the training camp in Kazan in 2019, I kept in touch with many guys from here, in particular with Ado, Arina, Bisma and Luis. They gave me some advice, especially about the need for warm clothes even in the spring season. As it was, I already saw that Russia is a culturally very rich country, and there are a lot of traditions and customs here that I would like to study.
If we talk about my goals, it is definitely an improvement in my time at my main distances, which will allow me to fulfill the Olympic B standard. It is great to return to Kazan, because here both places and people are very familiar to me, so interesting and fruitful work ahead…»