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Brazilian legend to coach youngsters
Brazilian beach volleyball legend Jackie Silva will put her experience to good use as she was named coach of the Brazilian women’s youth and junior teams last Friday.
The former player, who won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, will help run the team alongside the experienced Jorge Barros as supervisor, and Marcos Antonio Albuquerque, the men’s coach.
The trio will follow the Brazilian U-19 and U-21 Tours in before choosing their team for the FIVB Youth and Junior World Championships in May. The observation period began in Joao Pessoa last weekend on the first stop of the U-19 circuit.
“Even when I was playing, somehow I worked as a coach, transmitting my experience to the young players I teamed with, such as Sandra, Talita, Maria Clara and Juliana,” Jackie said. “I am really happy to be part of this project as CBV is offering important support to the young players in the moment they most need of it, when they are not established yet.”
“The Youth World Championship will happen in Cyprus, in July, and the Junior will be in Canada, in August. The players will be selected and prepared by the technical staff to be in their best level in the competitions”, Tadeu Saad, Brazilian Federation Beach Volleyball Manager said.
With over four decades of experience in volleyball, including four years with the Brazilian women’s team and work with some of Brazilian beach volleyball top teams, Barros will coordinate the preparation. The former coach says that the main goal of the project is developing players for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
“Brazilian beach volleyball has several talented players spread all over the country,” he said. “We will permanently observe the U-19 and U-21 tours, detect the players with potential and the proper profile and work in their development focusing in 2016.”
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