23-year old Barbara Seixas from Brazil is the first foreign addition to TVF Beach Volleyball League
News from the National FederationsAnkara, Turkey, January 19, 2011. Kusadasi AYDIN recently signed the first foreign player competing in the Beach Volleyball League established by the Turkish Volleyball Federation. The interest in the TVF Beach Volleyball League, which was launched at the beginning of the 2009/2010 Volleyball season, is increasing both nationally and internationally. Right before the start of the 2010/2011 campaign, Brazilian Barbara Seixas opted to play in the TVF Beach Volleyball League and namely for the club of Kusadasi AYDIN.
A former World champion in the U19 and U21 age groups, Barbara Seixas is 23-year old and as most of the Brazilian Beach Volleyball players, she is a very cool and open girl. Her partner, Pinar Ozkan, recalls that Barbara had originally come to Ankara only to visit her fiancé, Ricardo, the son and assistant of legendary coach Bebeto, who used to mentor the Turkish club of Halkbank ANKARA.
“I already knew Barbara and we were training together in the Beach Volleyball courts owned and managed by the Turkish Volleyball Federation here in Ankara. My partner was having problems with the club, so I asked Barbara if she would eventually have liked to play for Kusadasi. The next day we played our first match together” states Pinar Ozkan.
“Playing in the league is a unique experience for me. Although Beach Volleyball is still a pretty up-and-coming discipline here in Turkey, there are great chances for a major improvement especially taking into account the massive investments that have been performed so far. Quite many countries are trying to improve their positioning in the international Beach Volleyball arena but the potential here is really huge. The structure in Turkey is different. In Brazil sponsors are the major support, but here in Turkey there are many clubs that are very much involved in Beach Volleyball. They pay a salary and do everything for the players. Everything is very easy, you just need to go and play. The only thing I did not like in Ankara is the cold weather. I bought my first coat when I came here” says Seixas.
Although Barbara is a player of the Kusadasi club which is based in the seaside city of Aydin, she could not find any time to go there and visit this location.
Kusadasi is currently placed fourth in the TVF Beach Volleyball League with 13 wins and 7 losses.