FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Gabriela Braga Guimaraes: a new star is ready to shine for Brazil

It is my dream. I hope to have the chance to play the Olympics at home, says Gabriela Braga Guimaraes.

Brno, Czech Republic, June 23, 2013 – Gabriela, called Gabi by her teammates and friends, is a growing star in the volleyball world of South America. Only nineteen years young, she has already played with the senior national team and three seasons in Brazil’s Superliga. 

“I started playing in a professional team when I was seventeen; I am always the youngest of the team. This year we won the championship with Unilever and I played for the first time in my life a final series. It was a fantastic experience! At the end we won so I can say everything went in the right way!” she says. “I had Bernardo as coach and learned a lot from him. He has a long experience that he transfers to his players. I’m sure I grew up thanks to him.”

At the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship Gabi helped her team to win the first two matches with outstanding performances in attack. However, it is not her first time at such a big competition: “I already played the last World Grand Prix with the senior national team but it is always a big challenge for me because I want to play well. There I had the opportunity to play with one of my heroes, Sheila Castro. I like how she can change the hit every time depending on the situation, she has such great abilities, and she is a wonderful person.”

Gabi is still a teenager. As all her friends, she likes social networks like Twitter and Facebook, where she has an incredible audience following her. “I think I have about four fan pages on Facebook, and on Twitter more than three thousands followers: it is a big responsibility but at the same time I love that all those fans follow me. For example I saw that some fans were watching our matches here in Czech Republic even if in Brazil it was night!”

Fans are important but for Brazil’s future star, the aim is to keep on playing well to make a dream come true: “The next Olympics will be in my home country, and I would be honored to play with my national team. It is a dream and I hope to have the chance to play in the most important competition for a volleyball player.”

After two competition days, Gabi is one of the best scorers of her team at the Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno. Thanks to her spikes, Brazil have good chances to move to the final phase of the tournament.

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