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Paula Arcos: “I do not think about myself proficient or a star… I might outline myself extra as a hard-working individual”

Paula Arcos: “I do not think about myself proficient or a star… I might outline myself extra as a hard-working individual”

PArcos classroom (Petrer 2001) has ceased to be the nice promise of Spanish handball to change into a actuality. The Valencian made her debut with the Spanish Nationwide Workforce on the Olympic Video games when she was solely 19 years previous. A short while later she has already been key to the ‘Guerreras’, she has been MVP twice up to now World Cup in Spain and is among the nice stars of Bera Bera. Now, she faces the problem of dazzling in a European with the nationwide staff.

Query: What emotions do you might have for the subsequent European?

Reply: The sensations going through the subsequent European Championship are just like these we had within the final World Cup. It’s true that in that match we had excellent emotions and hopefully we will repeat them. Our aim is to proceed rising as a staff, proceed to get to know one another, proceed to unite. We’ve 5 new faces on this championship. We’ve to continue to grow as a staff and hopefully combat for that semifinal and last. However hey, from the start now we have to be trustworthy to our model always and do our job little by little.

Q: You had been speaking about what new tennis gamers had not but debuted in a serious match with the nationwide staff. How do you see them?

A: Effectively, they’ve performed some matches on this qualifying section. That makes you acquire a little bit of expertise and makes you suppose that in the meanwhile of fact, when it’s important to face the sort of first-class championships, you do not do it with worry in your physique. In the long run, the primary video games can be nervous as a result of these nerves can betray you, like all of them. I, who’ve been coming to the nationwide staff for a 12 months and a half, proceed to get nervous with the necessary video games and I feel that every of the gamers right here occurs to them. With the time that you just spend, with the time that you just accumulate enjoying video games, you acquire expertise and spot how the staff trusts you. They’ll discover how the entire staff is with them, that we belief them as yet another, which is what the staff is about.

The stress nonetheless impacts me a bit… I’m going out to the video games with that nerve of eager to develop and enhance as a participant

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Paula Arcos (21) during a preparation match

Paula Arcos (21) throughout a preparation match for the European Championship / Manuel Lorenzo.

Q: Regardless of being 20 years previous, and as you might have stated, you might have been within the nationwide staff for a 12 months and a half. You made your debut within the Olympic Video games, you have been MVP in World Cup matches… Does Paula Arcos nonetheless really feel that stress?

A: Effectively, it’s true that the stress nonetheless impacts me just a little due to how I’m personally. Earlier than going out to a recreation I’m going out with these nerves, that want to need to be a greater participant and to enhance myself. I do know it is true that right now, after I come to the nationwide staff, I discover how the staff trusts me extra and that offers me extra peace of thoughts after I exit on the pitch. The demand now we have as gamers makes us have these nerves.

Q: You made your debut within the Olympic Video games, probably an important occasion on this planet of sport and to which all athletes aspire. How did you expertise it?

A: Poof (Assume). I’ve talked about this many occasions and I nonetheless do not consider it. She was relying on being in preparation for the championship, however she wasn’t relying on going to the Video games. Once I obtained the information, I had blended emotions. I wished to go and luxuriate in it, however on the identical time I wished to see my household and luxuriate in this with them. On the finish of the day they gave me the information and I did not even go residence, I used to be going on to Tokyo. It was one of many sporting and private experiences of what I’ve had in my profession, it’s the most that we athletes can aspire to. For every championship it’s a new dream and the decision to Tokyo was a novel session for me, I doubt that I’ll ever really feel the identical as that day.

Prades has been in my greatest moments. I respect that he trusts me… he reveals that he loves handball. He’s a ten as a coach and an important individual

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Q: The present nationwide coach was the one who wager on you and put you within the nationwide handball showcase. What do you consider José Ignacio Prades?

A: José Ignacio Prades has been in one of the best sporting years, as a result of my greatest time, sportingly talking, was the 2 years with the Atltico Guards. To at the present time I nonetheless assist myself just a little in these moments, however he has been exactly within the sports activities years when higher issues have occurred to me. He’s a ten as a coach, like every individual you might have their issues, however coaching is somebody who reveals that he understands so much about handball, who goes out of his manner for it, who helps you enhance as a participant, a minimum of in my case, who makes an effort to see folks develop. He actually likes coaching and it reveals so much how he teaches you handball. I’ve to thank him for having trusted me and proceed to take action to at the present time to return to the Choice. As an individual I discover it extraordinary. If it’s important to ask him for a favor, you’ll not miss something in trade. I feel they’re coach and an important individual.

Paula Arcos (21) and Jose

Paula Arcos (21) and Jos Ignacio Prades (47) throughout the tribute paid to them in Petrer / @RFEBalonmano

Q: How has it been altering the coach at your membership this 12 months? Has it been tough so that you can adapt to Imanol Álvarez’s strategies?

A: Fortunately I had already labored with Imanol Álvarez (Bera Bera coach) in decrease classes and within the final 12 months I had additionally labored with him within the Nationwide Workforce. I already know him properly sufficient. In decrease classes he trusted me fairly a bit. He all the time advised me that in the future he would name me to play on his staff and, in the long run, he watches. The issues which are stated are fulfilled. Arriving at Bera Bera and coaching with Imanol has been implausible, as a result of he additionally appears to me to be a rare coach and you may see that he goes out of his manner for this sport. Concerning the change of strategies, it has not been so nice. Imanol and Prades have very related enjoying kinds and we repeated some actions within the nationwide staff, so it hasn’t been such a giant change.

Paula Arcos (21) during a match with Super Amara Bera Bera / @IberdrolaDHF

Paula Arcos (21) throughout a match with Tremendous Amara Bera Bera / @IberdrolaDHF

It has been tough for me to get used to the brand new staff… I arrived with a shell considering that I used to be going to have a nasty time

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Q: And the variation to the brand new metropolis and the brand new staff?

A: It took me some time to get used to it. I got here from being in La Guardia, I felt very snug within the staff, I felt very beloved by the folks of the city. It hasn’t price me as a result of my companions made it tough for me, it has price me as a result of I arrived with a defend for worry of getting a nasty time. The folks of the membership, my companions are making it very simple for me, and the town is unimaginable.

Q: Particulars just like the present that your classmates gave you earlier than concentrating assist you to really feel extra beloved and adapt higher?

A: After all I do, for sure. In spite of everything, we spend a number of time collectively, and with out realizing it we will have dangerous gestures. In spite of everything, our day revolves round handball and the folks themselves. So, seeing how the folks on my staff, or my roommate, worth me like that, they offer me that encouragement, noticing that they’re going to miss you, it helps you allow with feeling and are available again with extra enthusiasm than ever.

It shocks me when folks cease me on the road. I feel, ‘if I simply do my job’

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Q: On the age of 20, athletes are thought-about promising, though for a lot of Paula Arcos it’s a actuality. Has Paula Arcos observed that media pull?

S: Sure, I’ve observed. It’s true that on account of the Video games I’ve observed a extra media increase, that a lot has been stated about me on networks. I’m very grateful that whereas many athletes are sometimes talked about badly, I’ve not been an individual who has obtained a lot criticism. So to the individuals who observe me I’m very grateful. Consider it or not, studying good issues about your self boosts your morale. Whether or not you prefer it or not, regardless of every part, I’m nonetheless the identical individual I used to be two years in the past. I maintain going residence, I’ve my household, I proceed with my very regular life. It shocks me when folks cease me on the road to ask for a photograph as a result of it is like ‘I am simply having fun with doing my job. Perhaps I can stand out just a little greater than one other one that is devoted to this sport, however I simply take pleasure in what I’m doing. I all the time attempt to maintain my ft on the bottom with all of this. Of all of the folks to whom you’ll be able to function a reference, assist them in any manner you’ll be able to.

I take pleasure in each time I’m going to play a championship… I’ve one of the best job I might have ever gotten

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Q: How does Paula Arcos benefit from the handball court docket?

A: I take pleasure in being on the court docket each time I’m going to play a championship. Each time I’m going to coach I take pleasure in it. I do not thoughts going to coach and I take pleasure in my career. I’ve one of the best job I might have ever gotten. In my life I’m at some extent the place handball makes me very completely satisfied. Whether it is true that there are occasions while you go on trip, for instance, and also you attempt to disconnect, however you’ll be able to’t get handball out of your head as a result of, in spite of everything, it’s a 90% a part of my life.

The dream could be to win the Gold, however desires should be labored for. If it could possibly’t be, I hope we end in addition to potential and having given all of ourselves

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Paula Arcos (21) after one of the preparation matches

Paula Arcos (21) after one in every of Spain’s preparation matches.

Q: What’s the dream of Paula Arcos on this European?

A: Effectively, I dream, aiming very excessive, it could be to win the Gold. However desires should be labored for, as I all the time say. For this dream to return true, it’s important to work on it. I might additionally prefer to see that this staff continues to develop, and if not, we will win the Gold, we find yourself with the absolute best emotions and that we all know that now we have given every part of ourselves.

Each time a summons arrives I’m afraid in the event that they not depend on me

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Q: We’ve talked concerning the Olympic Video games, there are lower than two years left for the subsequent ones, does Paula Arcos see herself with choices to go to Paris?

A: I discover it arduous to consider that he’s in each focus. Each time a name comes out I maintain that worry of whether or not they’re going to name me once more or not, whether or not they depend on me or not, whether or not they don’t desire me to return (re). Each time I depart the choice and whereas the subsequent name comes, I am eager about working and in case you work properly, they’re going to name you once more, in any other case they will not. It’s amongst my targets to achieve that appointment, nevertheless it additionally relies on the coaches. That sure, I’ll work blindly to attain it.

I think about myself a hardworking individual, not that I’ve come out with expertise or that I’ve a star

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Q: How would Paula Arcos outline herself in a single phrase?

R: With a phrase… (Thinks) She can be a employee. I think about myself a really hard-working individual. It is not that I am a really proficient individual or that I had a star at start and that is why every part I am dwelling occurs to me. There may be a number of work behind this and it’s important to be very fixed to get the place every of us is.



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