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I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve been fortunate to have been picked as the analyst for the Volleyroos women as the statistician/analyst. We are in Thailand for the pre-camp and spirits are high. Today we visited the Thai Sport Authority training centre where the Thai national team trains and played some practice games against their junior and senior teams. Was cool to meet some of the superstar players.

I was surprised that Coach Kiattipong’s Olympic champion wife Feng Kun and Wilavan both spoke pretty good English and were kind enough to ask us how long we were staying.

The FIVB development centre where we train.

The FIVB development centre where we train.

Coach Kittiapong's wife, Feng Kun - Gold Medallist, Best Setter and MVP at the 2004 Olympics

Coach Kittiapong’s wife, Feng Kun – Gold Medallist, Best Setter and MVP at the 2004 Olympics

Enormously popular Thai captain Wilavan Apinyapong

Enormously popular Thai captain Wilavan Apinyapong

Chutchuon and Pimpichaya - young players in the senior squad who dominated at AVC U19s and U17s last year. Playing against them for the 3rd time in as many age groups.

Chutchuon and Pimpichaya – young players in the senior squad who dominated at AVC U19s and U17s last year. Playing against them for the 3rd time in as many age groups.

Enormously popular middle blocker Pleumjit Thinkaow

Enormously popular middle blocker Pleumjit Thinkaow

Feng Kun in action in Athens 2004:

The Thai team walking in to warm up. Coach Kiattipong greets them at the door. In a bit of fun Wilavan sets Nootsara a “3” ball. Feng Kun is casually sitting in the right corner watching.

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