Who is Who
Mariett Matias

Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible

You have 5 lines to introduce yourself, including your age and marital status...
Single and nice girl ( :-) ), I'll be 27 years old on the 18th November. I was born in The Netherlands, in The Hague, but soon I moved into this beautiful country nearby the sea. I'm shy (I don't seem like it, do I?) and addicted in studying, friends and all that usual stuff that the youngsters like to do. Due to my "different" name, my friends call me Mary. :-)
[Where it's said 5 lines, Mariett read 50. The editor pushed his blue pencil, saving only the testimony about her personality that she had asked to the Event Director to give: "Organised, disciplined, dynamic, with a great ability of union, she managed to united all the persons who have will to work and calm enough to, in stressed times, keep us all within clear judgment." The editor also saved her birthday: do not forget the gifts!]

In addition to being a "nice and funny girl" why do you appear in this film?
I started working to POF in order to develop a Media Department, gaining visibility for orienteering. In the beginning it was just collaboration, because professionally I was related to other sports federation. Then President Augusto Almeida asked me to be the responsible for designing and editing Bulletin 2, introduced me Carlos Monteiro and it was my misfortune! :-) I never left WMOC'08 since! :-) Among with the POF Media Department, I grabbed WMOC'08 with all my strength, supporting the Event's Board, taking care of the Media department and helping the athletes in all the registration process.

In contrast to all other persons, who came to the WMOC'08 Organisation because of their experience as orienteers, you found out the maps and compass after being here. How was your debut?
It was in Cabeço de Montachique, on a CPOC organisation, together with 3 colleagues of the Portuguese Paralympic Committee (one of them is blind). As we say in Portugal, we looked into the map as a donkey to a palace. After a short briefing, which few added to our ignorance, the great friend Luis Santos (he is going to kill me for tell you this, but be it) waves us goodbye saying to me: "Look, Mariett, will you take your mobile phone? If you get lost call me!" :-) From here on it was a comedy. We started straight from the triangle into control 7, it was not easy to convince my colleagues that we could not mark that point right away; controlling our blind colleague so that he wouldn't fall, you may imagine the laughing that there was. But in the end everyone enjoyed the experience very much. They have not returned yet, but I started to learn how to practice in some COC trainings and participating in the events since the WRE in Tocha.

Lately you haven't missed one single event, however you appear mainly to work. How have been those evenings and nights around the computers and who are your "gaming partners"?
It's true! I have been like sweet rice: I'll always there (national, regional and local events). Now I started to loose myself in the forest too but in the beginning I only went with a single purpose: work. And because I don't like to work alone, I always drag some victims with me! :-) Generally my work team is composed by Carlos and Isabel Monteiro (who have adopted me as their older daughter); Ricardo Serra (my team colleague and precious help); Tiago Romão (who can't be a volunteer during WMOC'08 because he will represent Portugal in JWOC); Duarte Santo (that fixes every problem that appears and who will be responsible for the Food Team); Nuno Leite and Eduardo Fonseca (that have the biggest patience for me and who will be two of the responsible of the IT Team), Catarina Amorim (my POF colleague and big help in solving all the headaches caused by entries and accommodation); Jacinto Eleutério and Rui Antunes (technical responsible of the event and from whom I have learned a lot through the several translations to the International Adviser). Then in the back office I always have the support of President Augusto Almeida, Fernando Costa and several volunteers that help in specific areas.

You are the face and the voice that most people want to meet. Since the entries period began you haven't stopped answering e-mails...
I think that one night I had my personal record beaten and sent more than 200 e-mails! :-) For more than a year that I can not be more than one day without an Internet connection, because the result would be terrible. I am not saying that I have "spoken" with the 3500 athletes because most of them will come in groups, but with all the Team leaders I believe I have, it was necessary to process all entries (which include the personal information of each athlete and sometimes there were errors and omissions that it was necessary to clarify). Many preferred to book accommodation through us and it was necessary to help them in choosing and booking the most appropriate accommodation according to the needs of each one. Of course, this is not made through a single e-mail, but it is a very gratifying. I created friendships, knew people and, as they have curiosity to know me, I am curious to know them and see the faces that, during all this time, were hidden behind the computers. :-)

You must have, from those contacts, dozens of funny stories to tell.
Many, yes! Since the phone calls from "my" Russians at 6 am, to my "grannies" from New Zealand (4 friends who will come just to know our country and participate in WMOC'08 and that, after this of exchanging e-mails, have promised me the "All Black" as a souvenir), the black beer from the Czech Republic, the Brazilian havaianas, Jörgen, Per and Jussi, who are responsible for the largest groups in the event and, due to the number of people involved, sometimes lead to funny situations. And many, many other stories.

You have also worked in Secretariat...
Ui! Everything we've done so far has been Secretariat work. Meetings after meetings, visits to the terrains, endless visits to dozens of accommodations owners that will receive several athletes, hours spent in front of computers to registrate all the athletes' wishes, thousands of emails sent to gather information until the minimum detail, and several other actions that we considered necessary for the quality of the final work. Our strategy was always to solve all problems before, so that upon their arrival, the athletes do not lose time to deal with details and may enjoy the event and our country the most.

Finally, an indiscretion: I heard that you were "chosen" to the Beijing Olympic Games...
Correction: Paralympic! :-) So they say! :-) Alongside the work that I develop in the POF and the WMOC'08, my "usual" job is to be manager in the Portuguese Paralympic Committee, it is there that work everyday (and some weekends :-) ) from 10am to 6pm. It is a very rewarding job because, besides getting to know amazing life stories, I learn a lot from people who, for some reason, are different but that does not cease to be just that: people. Now, being in the year of the Olympics and following the tradition of the Portuguese Mission participation, in March we started to prepare that participation and I was surprised when the Portuguese Chef de Mission Beijing 2008 invited me to be his deputy in the preparation of the Mission, and subsequently participate in the Games. At the beginning I did not believe it, because it is a task of great responsibility and I am still very young for such a job. But after the initial "panic", "I grabbed the bull by the horns" and everything is going very well and it will be a huge Portugal's participation in the biggest sport event of the world. On the 27th August we will fly to China and return (hopefully filled with success and medals) on the 20th September. I leave the invitation to everybody that wishes to receive these athletes in the Lisbon airport as a signed of pride for their awards.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Apr 13th.)

[2008-06-20] Carlos Monteiro, WMOC Event Director

[2008-06-20] Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI

[2008-06-19] Timo Teinila, WMOC speaker

[2008-06-19] Jorge Simões, WMOC Event Director assistant

[2008-06-18] Blair Trewin, M35, AUS

[2008-06-18] Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible

[2008-06-17] David May, WMOC Senior Event Advisor

[2008-06-16] Gottfried Tobler, M60, AUT

[2008-06-16] Tuulikki Salmenkylä, W45, FIN

[2008-06-16] Arvo Majoinen, M80, FIN

[2008-06-14] Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible

[2008-06-13] Sarah Dunn, W40, GBR

[2008-06-12] Santos Sousa, WMOC planner

[2008-06-11] Sigurd Daehli, M55, NOR

[2008-06-10] Alexandre Reis, WMOC mapper and planner

[2008-06-09] Nick Duca, M40, CAN

[2008-06-07] Tiago Aires, WMOC mapper and planner

[2008-06-06] Irina Stepanova, W55, RUS

[2008-06-05] Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper

[2008-06-04] Ari Kattainen, M50, FIN

[2008-06-03] Rui Antunes, WMOC Mapping coordinator

[2008-06-02] Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR

[2008-05-31] Jacinto Eleutério, WMOC Course coordinator

[2008-05-30] Rune Carlsson, M70, SWE

[2008-05-29] Åke Jacobson, IOF President

[2008-05-29] Augusto Almeida, POF President

[2008-05-28] Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT

[2008-05-26] Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR

[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR

[2008-05-21] Ezio Paris, M55, ITA

[2008-05-19] Gabriella Györffy, W40, HUN

[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP

[2008-05-14] Tomas Zdrahal, M55, CZE

[2008-05-12] Paulo Becker, M45, BRA

[2008-05-09] Ingrid Roll, W70, NOR

[2008-05-07] Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL

[2008-05-05] Hugh Moore, M60, AUS

[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR

[2008-04-30] Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA

[2008-04-28] Andreas Grote, M40, SUI

[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS

[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL

[2008-04-17] Tomislav Kaniski, M35, CRO

[2008-04-14] Eero Tuuteri, M85, FIN

[2008-04-10] Lena Nordahl, W80, SWE

[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR

[2008-04-03] Tom A. Karlsen, M55, NOR

[2008-03-31] Kayoko Sakai, W55, JPN

[2008-03-27] Finn Arildsen, M45, DEN

[2008-03-24] Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN

[2008-03-20] Peo Bengtsson, M75, SWE

[2008-03-17] Alida Abola, W50, LAT

[2008-03-13] Matti Railimo, M60, FIN

[2008-03-10] Cornelia Eckardt, W35, GER

[2008-03-06] Joaquim Sousa, M35, POR

[2008-03-03] Birgitta Olsson, W75, SWE

[2008-02-20] J. Salmenkylä, M75, FIN

[2008-02-18] Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR

[2008-02-15] Mykola Bozhko, M55, UKR

[2008-02-13] Pavlina Brautigam, W45, USA

[2008-02-11] Ferran Santoyo, M35, ESP

[2008-02-08] Sole Nieminen, W80, FIN

[2008-02-06] Stefano Galletti, M40, ITA

[2008-02-04] Gillian Ingham, W50, NZL

[2008-02-01] Jörgen Mårtensson, M45, SWE

[2008-01-30] Tom Hiltebrand, M50, SUI

[2008-01-28] Baiba Ozola, W40, LAT

[2008-01-25] Eddie Harwood, M55, GBR

[2008-01-23] Marje Viirmann, W45, EST

[2008-01-21] Alexander Afonyushkin, M40, RUS

[2008-01-18] Paulina Majova, W55, SVK

[2008-01-16] Björn Linnersjö, M65, SWE

[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR

[2008-01-10] Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN

[2008-01-07] Elizabeth Brown, W90, GBR

[2008-01-04] Erkki Luntamo, M90, FIN

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