'Unlike most sitting volleyball coaches in Brazil, I did not come from the Olympic volleyball. I did not have education in volleyball, as a player nor as a coach. I used to work as disability athletics and swimming coach since 2000. Then in 2003 I had the opportunity to assist a practice of the national team. , I already liked volleyball anyway but I thought that sitting volleyball was really interesting. At that time, the club where I worked wanted to develop the sport and invited me to start developing it. In 2004, we started to play we participated in the national championship with 2 teams already, one men’s team and one women’s. From there I started to like it more and more so I studied the sport more and more, I went to competitions and tried to learn as much as possible and today I am here as the main coach of the Brazil’s women’s team.
What motivated me was the challenge of developing a new sport in Brazil, because when I started with sitting volleyball it almost did not exist in Brazil. It started in 2003, with 1 team only, with professor Ronaldo, in Sao Paulo and the other teams started to organise themselves from that.
What motivated me to continue was my will in seeing sitting volleyball grow. Sitting volleyball united 2 things that I really liked, sport for people with disabilities and volleyball.
Sitting volleyball has the advantage of giving people with different levels of disability the possibility to play sport. The higher classes in basketball and swimming have really limited opportunities because there are a lot of people in the same classes. In basketball, athletes 4 or 5 are no more than 2, so there is limited space for them in a team. Sitting Volleyball allows them to play, it aggregates more people, so it is therefore more inclusive. This is one of the advantages about participating in and developing this sport.
My advice for new coaches is that they study a lot so that we can recover 60 years of the sport. In Brazil, we are developing it for the last 10 years, so we are 50 years behind others. What these countries learned and developed already, the new coaches need to learn. They need to participate in competitions, see competitions, videos of the games, see other teams, especially in training, if possible, because it is there where you can learn the most. Finally talk with other coaches so that they learn as much as possible in the shortest possible time.