Team Destiny made it out to the Thailand PALS event for the first time ever. At the last minute the team was able to secure the plane ticket to have myself coach them. I accepted the offer and made plans to visit Thailand, which is a place I have always wanted to visit but never had the chance before. Thank you PALS and Destiny for making this happen!
Our layover in China was only a couple hours and we were sure to stay away from the smoking area this time around. Before we knew it we taking off again and some hours later we were landing in Thailand! It was time to have some fun. My first surprise was how hot it was and then I realized I completely packed wrong for this event. At one point G-No stripped right in front of the airport to change into some shorts. I was going to have to find some more shorts if I was lucky. We got picked up and promptly sat in traffic for what seemed like hours. Their traffic really is a whole other level and we shared stories and talked about what we wanted to do on the trip and what the plans were being we were going to the field to practice the same day we landed. The whirlwind didn't stop for nine days!
Once at the field the girls trained hard and figured out who was going to play what spots and what our team plans actually were. The core Destiny crew was Katherine Secor (captain), Katie Kelly, Linh Truong, and Cathy Saul-Villaneva. Newcomers to the Destiny team was Karla Andrade Alvarez, Guia Salvador, Catherine Chew. All three newcomers were actually international players coming on board. Be sure to check out their facebook profiles after you read this. G-No and myself were there to help the team and he also guested part time for a Mac-Dev team and can be seen playing in the Social Paintball video farther below.
In the above pic the players are (left to right) Kat, Karla, Katherine, Katie and Linh. Lots of K's right?
We made the Sunday club yet got knocked out in the quarterfinals. We actually got knocked out by a team we beat in the prelims and after they beat Destiny they went on to win the whole event. The girls played their hearts out and had the disadvantage of never playing together prior to being in Thailand together for the first time. That did not matter though the team that beat us played straight up ball and deserved to move on. I am proud of the girls and know if they got to play together on a regular basis they would be winning and placing in the division they are playing at the PALS series.