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INTERVIEW: DARIO BEGONJA

0084 begonjaBeach Handball Club Dubrava will enter its ninth year of existence under new leadership which will lead the club until 2022. The new president will be 26 years old mag.oecc. Dario Begonja. We asked him a few question about present and future of our club. Read this interesting article:

Dario, congratulations for your election for the BHC Dubrava's president. What are your motives?

Thank you for your kind words! First of all, it's important to know that BHC Dubrava is a small community of people who love the club and, mostly, also play there. So, being a president only means to be a part of the collective that leads the club and maybe go a step further in those administrative and financial efforts. I'm here in order for us to make yet another step forward by ensuring financial stability of the club, improving the work with younger generations and, finally, by fighting for the Croatian Championship which slipped away for the men's team in the last seconds of the final, as well returning the trophy on the shelves of our women's team which has already been a champion several times.

Please present your team. Who will be your closest associates?

For starters, Kristina Smiljanić is finally an official part of club management. Kiki has been with us for many years, she's the leader of the women's team and a person who really means a lot for the club. From now, she will act here as the Vice President of the club. On the other side, men's (but also women's) part of the team, ever since the club was founded, are being carefully taken care of by Ivan Dumenčić. He will remain in the position of club's secretary. All these functions are here just to ensure a clear, good-quality organization of the club, but I will say again that we're all working together for the club's wellbeing. In that sense, any hierarchy is irrelevant. Additionally, I'd also like to mention that this is the first year of our newly founded Medical team - Lukrecija Čurek, Ivan Vukasović and the team leader, Luka Bašić, will be here to ensure that the popular nickname KBC Dubrava ("hospital Dubrava") becomes a thing of the past.

What is your opinion on BHC Dubrava's first eight years? Are you satisfied with results and club effort?

The period of the first 8 years of this club tells a very positive, heartwarming story. Given that the club was founded out of pure enthusiasm of several handball players (a common story in beach handball), it is a solid proof that even a small effort can bring you great results. On the one hand, a big collection of trophies and medals shows how much we've worked and how good our players are. On the other hand, in this whole development process, the club has kept its laid back, friendly spirit - whether it's among the teammates or to other clubs and to the sport itself. By further organizing and advancing the club, our goal is to keep everything positive we've managed to build so far, while ensuring that this story will be sustainable in years to come. This means working with youngsters and ensuring financial stability.

The atmosphere and the sportsmanship are always here and this is the greatest treasure of our club. With this team, you simply cannot avoid feeling good - on the field and beside it. The goal is now to work on some other, a bit more boring things, such as finance and organization, but it should be mentioned that the goal here isn't some form of profesionalism, but rather ensuring the result success and the long-term sustainability of the club. That's why we'll have to work on better organizing the players for the tournaments, acquiring new sponsors and ensuring a stable future of player roster through forming new, young players.

Which sport goals would you like achieve n first year of your presidentship?

Same as always, our goals include winning the Croatian Championship in men's and women's category. By winning several championships, the girls have already proven that they are more than capable for such a feat. The guys lost their gold in the last shootout of last year's championship and they are also rightful contenders. Even though the men's team has been ravaged by injuries, we have no intention of setting the bar any lower. 

Money is the major problem for every small club. How to fight against that and is there any indications of better times for BHC Dubrava?

I'm happy to say that more and more sponsors recognize our story. Every year, the situation is getting better and better. I'd like to use this opportunity to announce that we just ensured the general sponsor for this year: Toyota Material Handling Hrvatska. They are a company that sells and rents Toyota forklifts for Croatia and Montenegro - and this agreement will bring changes in the very name of the club. This season, we will be called "Toyota MHH Dubrava". In other news, negotiations are still at hand with other possible sponsors.

You have already mentioned youth categories. Does it mean BHC Dubrava will be competing with youth teams in future period?

That's right! We're assembling a team in both male and female young categories, aiming to bring this sport closer to young people. If any of them decide to remain in the club - we couldn't be happier! So, we hope that future sponsors will recognize our good-quality efforts and support our story. For this sport, it really doesn't include serious financial investment, and you can accomplish a lot anyway. Even just one T-shirt per kid, in combination with ensuring the basic conditions for tournaments - can already accomplish a lot. These kids will get a lifetime memory, even if they ultimately don't decide to play the sport. So, this year, we're investing in this part of the story ourselves, while hoping that someone will recognize this positive story in years to come and help us financially or otherwise.

Are they any other fields where you want to see BHC Dubrava's growth?

Of course, there are a lot of areas in which we, as a club, can and should develop. But let's take it step by step. For now, we want the make sure that the finance part is in order, as well as young players source and the medal count. Also, during all this growth, we want to keep our sportsmanship and friendship spirit. With an approach like this, everything else becomes much easier.


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