Gonzalo Vilariño: How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions
Gonzalo Vilariño - Lawyer, coach
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I cracked his head open, literally.
holding onto my shoulder,
there was between us,
the worst teacher in the world.
who takes things quite well.
that I was the coach
mark on his career.
at the institute for the blind,
I never imagined they could:
rusty goalposts and broken nets.
would play their games there,
so they could locate it.
behind the rival team's goal
who could still see a little,
so everyone was equal.
I asked for a mask myself.
where I was standing.
because I loved high performance.
at the institute by chance.
National Rowing Team,
I did the warm-up with the team.
bend down," going like this.
and others were squatting.
the same things I was doing there?
to learn from them,
on a chalkboard like a coach does,
and some bottle caps
to help us run with them.
in what we were doing.
it was uncomfortable,
fascinating job I'd ever had.
a high-performance team as well?
playing soccer on that field,
and the results were great;
that they, too, wondered
we knocked at CENARD's door.
for High-Performance Sports
to hear what we had to say.
to consider us their equals.
exactly what we were doing there.
was a turning point in the team's history.
for the first time.
we could win that game.
the day before we played that final.
had opened their doors to us.
interrupting our conversation.
saying it wasn't a good time,
let him take the guys to church,
who performed miracles would be there.
what type of miracles he meant,
the team to the church,
that half of them will be able to see."
and someone says that to you.
this could happen.
it's not the best time to go to church.
being able to see when we return,
I won't be able to play tomorrow."
about the next day's game,
how we would play.
that smell of victory
at that moment, I thought:
as Diego going into the game,
of flags that people had given to us.
honking and cheering,
The final challenge!"
Do they know we're playing?"
from the locker room to the game field,
so I could guide him.
no gates along the way.
he asked me about everything.
tell me who's playing the drums."
with as much detail as possible.
a lot of people couldn't get in,
all over the field,
that covers the entire grandstand."
in black spray paint, that read:
and all of San Pedro are here."
she is, I want to I wave at her."
where they were sitting,
and gave him an ovation.
how moved he was.
I had a lump in my throat.
the excitement of what was happening,
that he could not see it.
what I had experienced,
that I saw them all."
so the players can hear the ball.
when the game is over.
they hadn't done in the first 32 minutes.
nailed the ball at an angle,
you'll see a huge poster on the door,
everyone in CENARD knows who they are,
two World Championships
this team for 10 years,
and later as their coach.
another national team, Power Soccer.
who play soccer in wheelchairs.
that they drive with a joystick,
enough strength in their arms
a safeguard that protects their feet,
of being the spectators,
friends and siblings can see them play.
insecurity, and fear I had
from a more experienced position.
I treat them as athletes on the field,
to put myself in their shoes
feels best to them.
something once unthinkable for them.
they couldn't play soccer.
you see competition, not disability.
don't really take them into account
the rules of the game.
some of the rules of our game,
with disabilities; we see them daily.
they face every day,
to get on a bus,
of people with disabilities.
from every one of us.
our indifference toward the disabled,
that do take them into account.
open -- El Pulga's head.
opened mine as well.
and play every game
that we call life.
About the speaker:Gonzalo Vilariño - Lawyer, coach
Gonzalo Vilariño uses sport to change the rules of the game for the disabled.
Why you should listen
Gonzalo Vilariño is a lawyer, physical education teacher and soccer coach. More than anything, he's a professional challenge-seeker.
Vilariño is the head coach of the Argentine Powerchair Soccer National Team and served as head coach of Los Murciélagos (The Bats), the Argentine Blind Soccer National Team, which won two World Championships and two Paralympic Medals under his leadership.
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