Athlete from the Women’s Military Volleyball Team to Defend Brazil in Mexico
By Dialogo June 24, 2011
Chosen the best blocker in the women’s volleyball Super League for 2010/2011, Sergeant Juciely is a confirmed participant at the 5th Military World Games. However, before reporting to the Brazilian military team, the middle blocker has an important commitment. At 31 years old, she was named for the first time to the main Brazilian national team and will compete for the Pan-American Cup in Guadalajara, in Mexico.
“Every athlete has the goal of joining the national team. At times, I thought that I was already in my thirties, and I wouldn’t get there. But I never lost hope completely,” she said in an interview with the Super Esportes [Super Sports] Web site.
With the proximity of the Pan-American Games, which will also be in Guadalajara, and the London Olympic Games, Sergeant Juciely aspires to consolidate her place on coach José Roberto Guimarães’s team. “Whether I’m going to participate in those competitions, nobody knows. The team has great athletes. I know I have to go after it. Just being here among them is already a big step.”
The Pan-American Cup ends on July 9th, one week before the start of the Military World Games. The limited time between the two competitions has not limited the motivation of the athlete from Minas Gerais. “I’m going to participate (in the Military World Games) when I return from Mexico. I even think that this period with the national team may help in the competition at the (Military) Games,” she affirmed.