The so-called backstage. We all miss the great tournaments, the emotions, the happiness of meeting and dueling. In autumn last year, a year that was dictated by the virus, I kept catching myself going back to fantastic Rumia, to the hall, to the backstage, to our consultations, meals, work and meetings. I come back “my” famous “apartment by the elevator”, famous for... having no windows but being close to everywhere. ()
I'm waiting to meet everyone who participates in Zloty Tour again. Sportsmen, trainers, referees and people in “CREW” shirts, staff members. Today is about them, in particular about one of them.
Marcin Mielniczuk, every one of you knows him. At tournaments many of you direct your questions to him:
Marcin, when do the competitions start? Marcin, when do they end, when is the break? Marcin, where is the verification? Marcin, where will the congress take place, where are the referees, where is my dinner, breakfast, lunch, tableseat?
Marcin, do you have a pencil, a bandaid, a USB drive, a string, some paper, a pair of scissors?
I, myself, have asked Marcin about a few hundreds of these questions over the past years. I'm sorry, Marcin, but this isn't the end...
How did this evolve? “This” being the magnitude of armwrestling gigs organized by the Mazurenko Promotion crew... Let's start from pre-history! Once upon a time, during one of the first international competitions we had to hang a sponsor's banner. We didn't have a... string. We borrowed the string but we didn't have a knife to cut it. We borrowed a knife from a nearby bar. This is pre-history. It really was like that some time ago. Now we have everything that we need. And the one who provides us with it is Marcin. He coordinates the entirety of the event, from the project, through realization, to cleaning up all this “mess”. I can tell you what it looks like at Zloty Tur organized unchangably in hospitable Rumia. A regular sports hall suddenly changes into a beautiful facility. You can see it by yourself, here's a video.
Marcin, how are sports events held? You can tell us on the example of Zloty Tur, TOP 8 or other big competitions.
Marcin Mielniczuk: First, long before the competitions, the script is created. It has to include every “turning point” of the event. Just like a movie, a concert or a play script. Precisely, meaning with the accuracy of a second and a centimeter. While working on the script, the crew has to answer questions like: who will be where and when, how do they get there, what’s going to happen later, how to get them off and many, many more. Every sportsman, every trainer, the referee and the spectators are actors in our performance. We describe every “role” and every consecutive “scene” very thoroughfully. The opening – and questions: who’s going to give a speech, how long is it going to take, who’s going to take over next, when to give the music cue, what images to display? Then, usually, referee presentation, then finally categories start, eliminations and slowly towards the finals, award ceremony, anthems, acknowledgements. And as I said – second by second.
PeSzy: For now, everything is just “on paper”?
Marcin Mielniczuk: Yes. We think how to surprise our spectators this time, step by step.