Video report: Volleyball’s dream girl gives again to group

PHUKET: If you have recently wandered along Karon Beach within the late afternoon, you should have seen a substantial variety of volleyball courts stretched throughout the sandy lot between the road and seaside.
No, it’s not a global match coming to city – that was final month – this is the day by day seaside volleyball video games instigated by one of Thailand’s prime players, Yupa Phukrongploy.
Now 34 years outdated, Yupa’s pro profession took her around the world. She represented Thailand on the seashore volley courts of Asia and the Americas, and brought home a wealth of gold and silver medals. Introduced to the indoor model of the sport by her sister, she fell in love with volleyball on the age of ten. But it was her elevation at the age of 15 to Thailand’s volleyball Dream Team – underneath the stewardship of legendary Thai volley coach Kiattipong ‘Ott’ Rachata Kriangkrai – that set her on the sandy path to the seashore volley courts.
“I want to thank Coach Ott. He helped me join the Dream Team when I was 15 years previous and he was the one who instructed that I try beach volleyball – because I’m so tall. So, Value gave it a strive, and I’ve been addicted ever since,” Yupa says with a smile.
“Beach volleyball is rather a lot harder than indoor volleyball because its tougher to maneuver fast on the sand. We have to play underneath the solar on big fields with solely two gamers per group, instead of the six-player teams I was used to for the indoor volleyball matches,” she explains.
“Even although it’s exhausting, it was the challenge that fascinated me. And that’s why I adore it.”
Originally from Kalasin, within the Northeast of Thailand, Yupa now calls Phuket residence and is endeavoring to share her passion for seashore volleyball with anybody who happens by the courts she has set up with permission of the local authorities in Karon.
“I performed for the nationwide staff for 12 years, but once I retired I nonetheless wanted to play for enjoyable. That’s after I got here up with the idea of establishing these courts on the seashore in Phuket,” she says.
Karon has been the beach of alternative for volleyball tournaments over the years, hosting both FIVB events and the recent pro-am Volley Fest, so it was a straightforward selection for Yupa. The local authorities were also accommodating to the concept of the star participant bringing some enjoyable again to Phuket’s beaches. Yupa plans to pay back the native council’s support for her challenge by giving native kids the opportunity to discover the thrill of the game in the same means she discovered them.
“My major purpose for establishing these courts is that I need others to experience the enjoyable of enjoying and in addition to understand what an excellent place Phuket is for playing – it’s good for training, as properly as staging matches and tournaments.
“I want gamers from different nations to come right here to practice, which might be great for Phuket’s status.”

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