Lunds VKs damelit lag är mitt i försäsongen och samtidigt har sportkommittén glädjen att presentera truppens senast förstärkning. Det är Vanessa dos Santos Soares, vänsterspiker från Portugal som gör en nysatsning i Lunds VK.
– Det är mycket spännande att Vanessa förstärker årets elittrupp, säger klubbchefen Stefan Sjöström. Vanessa agerade som huvudtränare för förra årets damer B i klubben och har visat prov på stor volleybollkunskap. Nu är vi jättenöjda att hon tar med sig sitt kunnande och sin inställning till planen denna säsong. Med sin erfarenhet och smarta anfall ser jag fram emot att följa hennes första säsong i elitserien, avslutar Sjöström.
Så här svarar Vanessa på några frågor om säsongen som kommer:
You have recently signed a contract to play for Lunds VK the 2018-19 season. Great! What are your thoughts going in to this new endeavor?
First and foremost, committed, excited and ready for the challenge. I am eager to begin playing and training with Lunds VK and have a huge hunger for success with the team.
You are making the switch from coaching to playing this season. Tell us more!
The transition was a natural step for me, for the majority of my volleyball experience has been predominantly as a player, however I feel the combination of coaching and playing has been prevalent in my success and individual growth.
Tell us a bit about yourself – what is your volleyball background?
My initial relationship with volleyball began in 1998. As a nine-year-old girl a passion was formed during a PE lesson. At this point I fell in love with the game. Within a year I was hooked and naturally began playing and representing my school team (a team already established in the league). I continued representing the team in the national championships up until I reached fifteen years of age. Following this, I played within the 2nd division for CVO (Clube de Voleibol de Oeiras) and from 18-22 my career and experience developed at great speed going from strength to strength with every spike, pass and set.
My initial experience with coaching began at 16. Throughout the years predominantly playing whilst simultaneously developing my coaching skills. My most recent experience has been as a coach for Lunds VK women’s B-team.
How would you describe yourself as a player using three words?
Determined, dedicated and competitive.
What do you expect to contribute to the team and what are your goals for the coming season?
I intend to deliver results, contribute my experience as a player and also my knowledge as a coach to enhance the performance of myself which in turn I aim to enhance the achievements of the team.
My goal is always to be successful in every game and instill improvements based upon previous performance in order to evolve as a player and as a team member.
Vanessa dos Santos Soares
Ålder: 31 år
Tidigare klubbar: GDC Gueifães, CVO, LVC, ADM