Congratulations to all the boys who trialled and those who were selected to compete at the 2014 Junior National Championships , held on July 12 & 13 at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood.
After defeating ACT in the final (28:26), NSW are the 2014 National Champions!
ACT 29 : NSW 21
NSW 32 : Qld 29
ACT 20 : Qld 13
Meet the Coach – Diego Llorente
Diego began playing handball when he was six years old, with hometown team Maristas León (Ademar León). He went on to win bronze with his youth team in the Club Championships, before his hard work and dedication earned him the captaincy of the regional team, Castilla and León, which he led to victory in the U16 division and second place in the U18 division at the Spanish National Championships. Upon becoming an U16 National Champion, Diego was selected in the Spanish Youth National team.
Following his success as a youth player, Diego coached the U12 development team at Maristas – a great achievement as the team above his won the Spanish Club Championships (out of approximately 1000 teams). Soon after, Diego moved to Ireland, where his handball career took a back seat.
Diego moved to Sydney in 2011 and was enthusiastically welcomed at Sydney University HC, before being selected in the 2012 NSW Men’s team to play at the Australian National Championships – coached by Hall of Fame inductee and handball great, Russell Garnett. Diego admits that the team “won very easily”!
Since his arrival, Diego has been an important inclusion in the Sydney Uni team, competing at the Superglobe in Qatar in 2012 and 2013 against the world’s best club teams, as well as winning the NSW Club Competition in 2013. He is currently preparing for his third appearance at the Superglobe later this year, after Sydney Uni won the Oceania Superglobe Qualifier in New Caledonia in June.
Diego’s unrivalled experience, knowledge and passion for handball and superior training ethic has been coached into the NSW Junior Men’s team over the past few months and will no doubt inspire them to perform at their highest level at the Junior National Championships in Sydney this July.