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Fe Garay ready to take on leadership role

Fe Garay is fast becoming one of Brazil’s senior players
With the memory of Brazil’s London 2012 Olympic success slowly fading, the double gold medallists’ preparations are already beginning for their Rio de Janeiro 2016 campaign. At the heart of the campaign is Fernanda Rodrigues, better known as Fe Garay, the player who scored their winning points in London.

Now as one of four Olympic champions in a squad of 15, Fe Garay is fast becoming one of the squad’s senior players as they build towards their home Olympic Games.

“Before, I was one of the youngest in the group, now I am one of the most experienced,” Fe Garay said. “I learned a lot from my teammates in London when we became the Olympic champions.

“Each one of us contributed in some way. Now that we have a new group, that is motivated and with new goals, we try to help each other and select the best ways possible to be successful.”

Fe Garay is one of four London gold medallists that is preparing for the Montreux Volley Masters and a tournament in Alassio, Italy, along with Danielle Lins, Tandara Caixeta, Adenizia Silva.

Both tournaments will serve as preparation for the FIVB World Grand Prix that takes place from August 2 to September 1 and Fe Garay will hope to continue the good form that earned her the Best Spiker award in the 2012-13 Brazilian Superliga.

Brazil hold the most World Grand Prix titles with eight, though the USA have beaten them in the last three finals. Their most recent win came in 2009 and this year’s tournament is seen as the first step on the way to victory in Rio.

“Coach Ze Roberto always reminds us that the training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has started,” Fe Garay said. “We have important competitions before the Olympics, like the FIVB Women’s World Championships, which is the only title my team is missing.

“Nevertheless, we have an opportunity to win a third Olympic gold medal. We believe that the thrill of playing in the Olympics in our country is indescribable.”



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