Smrikva Bowl Friends
SMRIKVA BOWL FRIENDS AND SOME PEOPLE THAT OVER THE YEARS SUPPORTED SMRIKVA BOWL GROWTH:
One of the first gifts that they brought from Milan was a special ice cream made by Zela. This was the spirit of the tournament since the beginning. Their desire was to allow the kids to try the top ice cream. I remember that this ice cream was brought with a lot of ice in the bag to conserve it in the car trip from Milan to Pula :).
Smrikva Bowl t-shirts and hats are provided by Ronzio Oleodinamica.
Smrikve is the place where Smrikva Bowl is played and is the place where Smrikve Tennis Club is located. It is also the place where Smrikve wine and olive oil are produced. Every Smrikve tennis player in a small way contribute to the Smrikva Bowl by playing in our Tennis Club.
Many people take vacations to be part of the Smrikva Bowl Staff and a special thanks is due to each of them.
Most of our players are also Smrikva Bowl sponsors, some of them are Golden Honorary Smrikva Bowl Members and some are part of the Smrikva Bowl Staff.
Istria from Smrikve is an e-book about Istrian culture that aims to provide the reader with some useful information about the places that should be visited in the Istria region and also aims to promote Smrikva Bowl.
In Istria from Smrikve you will, among other, find information about the Istrian architecture, history, people, music, cuisine, olive oil, wine and major cultural events. Hopefully you will find Istria interesting vacation destination and decide to visit it or to come back again.
Luca Appino is a long term Smrikva Bowl friend and Golden Honorary Member since this title was established. In 2009 Luca Appino decided to start, in collaboration with Toni Nadal, to share his experience through TENNIS TALENTS advisory service that later on developed into TENNIS TALENTS. The main service is focused on helping junior talented players and their parents in building their professional tennis career. On his website www.tennis-talents.com you can learn more about it.
Marcos Baghdatis has grown in Mouratoglou Tennis Academy and since 2008 Mouratoglou Tennis Academy provides Smrikva Bowl winners with one week training in the Academy.
This experience was an extraordinary professional experience for both Smrikva Bowl winners and for both of them it was their first time in Paris. Katarina Jokic had also the opportunity to make a photo with Marcos Baghdatis.
I am very glad that Smrikva Bowl friend Luca Appino introduced Smrikva Bowl to Mr. Patrick Mouratoglou and help to associate this top Academy with Smrikva Bowl.
This prize allow the kids to live an extraordinary experience that for sure contribute to their tennis growth and give them energy to continue to train and dream for the future.
Wilson could be defined as #1 tennis racquets and accessories company in the World. Players such as Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams are some of the famous tennis players currently using Wilson racquets.
Since 2008 Wilson is one of the Smrikva Bowl sponsor and the Smrikva Bowl winners get the Wilson sponsorship contract. Luka Panic and Katarina Jokic are the first Smrikva Bowl winners that currently play with Wilson racquets.
The runner up also get the racquets and the whole tournament is played with Wilson balls. There is also a small gift that Wilson provide to every Smrikva Bowl Ambassador.
I am pleased to say thanks to the Smrikva Bowl friend Luca Appino who introduced Smrikva Bowl to Wilson, and contributed to associate Wilson with the Smrikva Bowl.
Mladen and Zdenka Duras are old Smrikva Bowl friends and every year they provide the tournament with fruit juices and other ingredients for sandwiches.
During the tournament we traditionally offer free sandwiches and drinks to every player and their help allow us to make Smrikva Bowl for the participants like a big five days long birthday :).
Balici is the village located nearby the village where my grandfather Mate was born and this people, Roce family, are our old family friends.
As I wrote above, during the tournament we traditionally offer free sandwiches and drinks to the players and their help allow us to make Smrikva Bowl like a big five days birthday. Every sandwich we give to the kids is made of Balici bread.
Svijet Biljaka is another company dedicated to the Istrian Lavender production and products distribution that was founded in the last few years. The company is based in Vodnjan and is another new Smrikva Bowl sponsor.
Svijet Biljaka is the company that promotes and develops the Istrian Lavender project and the first products of the Istrian Lavender have been produced in 2008.
We had this year the opportunity to give to every Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors a package of the Istrian Lavender products that went into 24 countries and 5 continents.
Istria is traditionally known for the outstanding olive oil and wine. They were both well known during the Roman Empire times.
It is interesting to recall that Pula had a big fullonica - Roman clothing cleaning factories - in its bay. It is also known that in those factories the lavender was used in the cleaning process.
In addition, it is interesting to remember that Pula's Arena - the amphitheatre - had stone tanks placed on the towers with the sweet smelling water that was spread in the amphitheatre at the time.
Svijet Biljaka today produces several types of products that could be similar to those used by Romans. They are all natural products.
Svijet Biljaka also produces the Smrikva based products, a juniper made products, that could be found in their offer. In the future Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors might bring to their homes Smrikva based products
Royal Boats, together with Biring, is general dealer for Permare Group for the Eastern Europe. Permare Group build Amer brand yachts.
Smrikva Bowl's traditional prizes for the winners are the mountain bikes and Royal Boats is Smrikva Bowl traditional sponsor for the mountain bikes.
During the tournament we traditionally offer free sandwiches and drinks to the players and Puljanka's sponsorship allow us to make Smrikva Bowl experience for the participants like a big five days long birthday :).
In the last years Puljanka provided us with the water for the players.
"Shake" produces air freshener that was patented by this Croatian company and is primarily produced for cars. The quality of the product quickly found its place in ships’ cabins and other closed spaces.
"Shake" is another natural product and is the title holder of the UNESCO gran-prix for ecological consideration and is the award winner of prestigious awards at the international exhibitions of innovations.
Thanks to Darko Spelic's support of the Smrikva Bowl we had this year the opportunity to give to every Smrikva Bowl Ambassador a "Shake" product with the lavender sweet smell.
Darko Spelic personalized the products with the Smrikve coats of arm and thanks to our Ambassadors they went into 24 country spread over 5 continents. Hopefully soon Darko will produce also a Smrikva sweet smelling products :).
DH Management is the company based in Switzerland that provides professional support and personal assistance to athletes in order to lead them to worldwide success. Ana Ivanovic is the player that DH Management supported towards her success.
Thanks to Mr. Gavin Versi the Smrikva Bowl finalists had the opportunity to receive two signed t-shirts from Ana Ivanovic.
Katarina Jokic, Maia Lumsden, Katie Swan, Jovana Vukovic, Olga Danilovic and Ksenija Tmusic enjoyed Ana's gift and I am also sure that this gift will inspire them to continue to enjoy the game and further develop.
In 2007 Ana Ivanovic has been officially named the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador. On that day, in relation with the nomination, Ana said “This is a great honor for me to be invited to be UNICEF Ambassador. I love children, and I relish this opportunity to help them in some small way.”
With the signed t-shirts Ana showed that she loves children and this way she also helps Smirkva Bowl development "in some small way".
Ledo is a Croatian ice cream brand and is the regional leader in the production and distribution of ice cream and frozen foods.
Several years ago Donna Vekic played Smrikva Bowl and her father Igor was at the time a manager at Ledo. Donna played Smrikva Bowl several times but after the first Smrikva Bowl experience her father Igor Vekic decided to donate to every Smrikva Bowl player an ice cream.
Since than, every year, Ledo provide us with an ice cream and is already a traditional Smrikva Bowl sponsor.
Vlado and Marija Babic are the owners of Komot, one of the leading companies in Croatia for the production of tennis blende.
Vlado and Marija are also the parents of Zvonimir Babic that played Smrikva Bowl twice several years ago. Since the first time their son played our tournament they decided to support Smrikva Bowl. They sponsored Smrikva Bowl with various articles they produce.
Vlado Babic is also the person that gave the idea to plant an olive tree during the tournament. He enjoyed Smrikva Bowl and said that olive tree would be a nice idea and the year after we started to plant centuries old Olive Trees. It was decided to plant an old olive tree to add to the traditional message of the olive tree the message of intergenerational responsibility that is an important message for the kids of today.
Balun Vodnjan is a dancing group run by the brothers Danijel and Goran Vrtacic. Danijel and Goran are both Smrikva Bowl players and for years during the Smrikva Bowl closing cerimony they dance a traditional Istrian dance called Balun for our guests.
Rondo dancing group run by Oriana Sapotnik sponsored Smrikva Bowl for the first time in 2008 on the openning and closing cerimony. They performed traditional Istrian dance "Balun", "Talking in the desert" and "Tarantella" dance.
With "Talking in the desert" balet, Rondo was crowned with the prize of the European Champion and was invited to the New York City Dance Alliance Broadway competition where they obtained golden medal.
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