Regatas coach reflects on volleyball life prior to Vôlei Master
Saquarema, Brazil, November, 18, 2013 – During Vôlei Master 2013, great characters are found both on and off the court at the Volleyball Development Centre. Proof of this is the presence of Teddy Riera, coach of Club de Regatas in Lima, Peru, who at 53, can trace his connection with the sport from his childhood.
"I'm the youngest of a family of nine children,” Riera said. “Of the nine, all my six sisters played volleyball in the harbor area of Lima, and that's where I began to play.”
Five years before ending his career as a referee, Riera started working at a television channel, when he then decided to use his technical skills to accumulated his knowledge to be a coach.
"Volleyball is my life, not just a business," he said.
In 2013, the Peruvian club brought 11 athletes to contest the women's category. Leading the team on the court for the second consecutive year, Teddy sees great potential in Volleyball Master. Besides encouraging the sport, the anual competition represents a new experience for the South Americans.
"For us it is very important to be here and it is a great experience for our athletes. Moreover, we face a different formula: in Peru, teams are ranked by master technical level and not by age. The skill level here is very high," Riera said.
The structure of Aryzão was also praised by the coach, who highlighted the use of the Center for Democratic Development, which was used for events including the training of athletes and professionals, to the training of adult selection.
"The CT is spectacular,” he said. “I've had the opportunity to come here not only to play but to take beach volleyball and indoor volleyball courses. Such infrastructure is very important, and the most important is that it gives the opportunity for everyone to enjoy, not something that is closed only for the team.”