volleyball players from maringa, Felipe De Brito FerreiraDuring the second week of May, he was invited to attend the training session of the Brazilian volleyball team in Saquerema.
The athlete’s mother, Sylvia De Brito, says that she and her family always supported her son in the practice of the sport, as they knew he was determined to follow his dream in volleyball, and for the family as well. How long was it to live in the atmosphere?
Silvia says, “Like every mother of a sportsperson, there is a lot of pride, sport has always been present in our family and it is a great pleasure to start her career today and be remembered by the Brazil national team.”
Felipe says that he entered the world of sports a long time ago. Prior to volleyball, Felipe practiced swimming, and at the age of 13 he moved to Curitiba alone in search of better swimming training conditions.
At the age of 15, Felipe moved again, but this time to So Paulo, to take swimming lessons. Three years later, he went to the United States for a combination of training and studies in international relations.
According to the athlete, this practice of leaving home early in the morning is very common, especially among athletes who want to become professionals and are from rural towns. Usually these youngsters go to big clubs, which offer good opportunities, but on the other hand, many stay away from their families.
The challenges of commercializing sports are many and daily, but Felipe explains that the satisfaction of being able to do what he loves is rewarding, and that he still dreams of representing the Brazilian team at the Olympics.
Being able to encourage and inspire young athletes to follow the sport’s path is gratifying for Felipe, who also feel fulfilled being able to travel to competitions and discover new countries and cultures.