Sunday, September 26, 2021

Andrea Cintron, Nagubena who dreams of following the rich sporting tradition of her city

naguabo – the day of Andrea Cintron Lugo They begin at 4:00 a.m., the time when he has to get up early to leave Naguabo and arrive at his school in Carolina on time.

At 15 years old, it’s not a task he does because he likes to get up early, but because it’s the discipline he understands is necessary to achieve his goals as a volleyball player.

Andrea received a scholarship as an athlete at St. Francis School, where she is in her third year of higher education. This is the first major step on the path the young woman has explored, as she first stepped onto a courtroom at the age of 7 and hopes to continue entering a university institution that will hone her skills.

When he arrives, the volleyball player stands as a start on his school’s team as well as the Puerto Rico under-18 national team and the Capitalinas de San Juan club.

In this way, Andrea aspires to follow in the footsteps of other great Ngabe athletes who have shined in their respective sports. Luis Rivera, a former Olympic gymnast from Naguabo, and current Major League Baseball players, Edwin Diaz (New York Mets) and Martin “Machete” Maldonado (Houston Astros) have been athletes of stature.

“What I am looking for is to study and fulfill my dreams as an athlete. I am currently participating in the Puerto Rico national event and my goal is to go to the World Cup in Mexico It’s a matter of pride for me, actually, to be on the court, to see that there are people who look up to me, who are interested in my sport. Wearing a St. Francis or Puerto Rico shirt, whatever, a player A matter of pride as such,” said the athlete, who dreams of playing volleyball in Europe.

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Puerto Rico has not yet participated in the Women’s Under-18 World Cup to be held in Durango, Mexico from September 20 to 29.

Among professional local volleyball players, Andrea’s favorite is Valencianas de Juncos’s Vilmari Rivera, who she says inspired her to become a setter.. Regarding his greatest strength on the court, Nagubena assures that it is the spirit, “because no matter how low we are, I will always try to go higher or last”.

Andrea’s father, Alberto Cintron, confirms the sacrifices he made to guide his daughter to her dreams.

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“It’s been a very hard job…sometimes they sleep three or four hours, but what we want to get out of this is a good education for him”Said the proud father, who, apart from being his number one fan, is in charge of recording and editing each of his games for submission to various universities, as he assured that there are already many international coaches who have delivered on this promise. Your eyes are fixed. of volleyball.

But Andrea’s aspirations are not limited to sports, because at the academic level she wants to study cosmology, specifically black holes, and why not? Work at NASA.

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Andrea Cintron, Nagubena who dreams of following the rich sporting tradition of her city
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