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Bangsaen Thailand Open powered by PTT | Women
  23/10/2012 - 28/10/2012

Claudia Galindo interrupts beach volleyball tour to collect university degree

Claudia Galindo and her sister, Andrea, represented Colombia in Stare Jablonki and Aland
Bogota, Colombia, October 12, 2012 – Colombian Beach Volleyball player Claudia Patricia Galindo took some time between the Paf Open in Aland, Finland and her next stop at the Bangsaen Thailand Open Powered by PPT to achieve one more of her life’s goals. The outstanding player from Cundinamarca Province completed her degree in biology at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional after returning to the country from Europe, where she had been dividing her time between playing and her ongoing studies.

Galindo and her sister, Andrea, are playing just their fourth SWATCH World Tour
event in Bangsaen, the last tournament on the 2012 calendar, but they are one of the South American tour’s most outstanding pairs. They represented their country last month at the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam in Poland and the Paf Open in Aland, Finland, and are ranked 89th on the SWATCH World Tour.

“We had the chance to gain experience with different pairs from different countries in both tournaments, and between playing and training we participated in 11 international top-level matches. We could compete, train and play with teams from Spain, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lituania, Greece, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, Germany, and many others,” said Galindo after returning to Colombia.

“We want to thank everyone for supporting us and we hope to keep representing Colombia in South America and around the World,” said Galindo.

Obtaining a university degree has been one of this athlete most cherished dreams. Galindo received special congratulations from the president of the Colombian Volleyball Federation, Taylor Lozada, for this important achievement.

“It is a great achievement that makes us feel proud – not just for hers but for the whole federation,” said Lozada, wishing Galindo success in everything she chooses to do. “It is very important that our ahtletes to also think about their careers and their personal development outside volleyball.”

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