Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
CCP #3 – Medellin, Colombia
by Marcello Margott
Photos by: 100% Paintball
One of the most enthusiastic paintball communities I have been to. My trip to Colombia was nothing short of amazing. It started out with an over night flight to Miami where I had a nice 6 hour layover, those are always fun. I took a nap in the Lounge and tried to hold in my excitement of getting to South / Central America for paintball for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect, what sort of venue they would have, the talent level, how friendly the people were, this was all a new experience for me and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store. After my long wait I finally got on the plane, here we go, next stop, COLOMBIA!
I landed Wednesday night around 8pm and got picked up by our friend Tito who plays for one of the DYE teams down there. He took us back to our massive house, I was amazed when we pulled up. This place was a Colombian mansion villa style that I fell in love with. We had juke boxes, pool tables, outdoor verandas with fountains and everything. This was the real deal. It had been a long travel day so I set my things down and decided to take a shower. I was in for a rude awakening when I was told that we didn’t have any hot water! So, I say whatever, when in Rome right? Or Colombia.. So I turn the water on and hop in. This must have been the coldest shower I had ever taken in my life. It felt like jumping into one of my ice baths that I prepare for my knee. Nonetheless it felt good to get clean and go eat some authentic Colombian food.
We spent a few days traveling the city and seeing Medellin. I must say, it was pretty cool being able to walk freely in a city that was once ruled by Pablo Escobar. What they had to overcome is astonishing and I feel blessed to have had such a safe trip to this beautiful country. The team took us all around the main spots of downtown Medellin and let us fulfill our wanderlust for the night, but work would start early the next morning.
Friday I woke up, excited to meet everyone at the clinic. I always love to see what type of players show up because there is so much talent across the world. I always go to a clinic hoping to find at least 1 kid that really has what it takes to become a pro. This clinic was filled with them. Everyone was dedicated to learning our program and using the techniques we gave them to improve.
We must have had about 20 participants and 100 spectators. It was crazy how involved everyone down there was and it was an honor to have people so interested in what I do. We wrapped up the day with some autographs and giveaways and everyone was more than thankful. I had an awesome time after we were done just hanging around the field with the players. Everyone there was really friendly and made us feel at home. Now that the clinic was over, it was time to win a tournament.
We went back to the house for a mellow night because we wanted to be fresh for the event. The league ran fairly smooth, although they could absolutely use some improvement with organization I thought everything went pretty well. The CCP seems to be a growing league down in South America and I’m excited to see how far they’ve come. We got through our two days of play and were in the finals, only dropping 1 point the entire tournament. Sure enough the team that beat us that 1 point would be the team we faced in the finals, where they scored another point but still lost 1-4 against us.
We won the tournament and suddenly the stands had completely emptied. Every single person inside the stadium was lined up to take pictures and have me sign autographs. It was truly an overwhelming feeling and it made me really think about how thankful I am to be in a situation where I can have such a positive influence on people because of paintball. I take my responsibility very serious and Colombia was an event that reminded me of everything this sport has given me. Traveling the world and doing what I love, cant beat that. Cant wait to get back down there and see how much it continues to grow in South America. Gracias amigos!
For more information on the CCP, be sure to check them out on Facebook HERE