Today is the day I am most proud to be a Turkish volleyball fan. I have been following this sport for years and spent a remarkable time of my life watching volleyball games. I watched games that our NT won and games that the team lost with a terrible game. There were times that I was very happy with the team's success and times that I was terribly disappointed. But no matter what I never stopped supporting this team, I never stopped watching their games. If they had lost against Poland today, I would be sad for a few days, wouldn't smile much but later I would wait for the next match of our NT impatiently.
It is not easy to be a woman in my country. It is even harder to be a sportswoman in Turkey. You must be mentally strong to overcome all the difficulties coming from the society, your family, media etc. The role of Turkish Women's Volleyball team in Turkey is so important for Turkish people especially for the children. At the moment I've been working as a teacher in an eastern city of Turkey. Children, as usual, have all their passion to do some sports especially volleyball but they don't have a ball to play, a net let alone a gym. They still don't stop dreaming they fight for their dreams and one day they find themselves playing in the most prestigious sports event, Olympic Games.
Here is a photo of the children that I took a few days ago from where I work. They don't have money to buy a net or a real volleyball. They made the net themselves with some kind of ropes.
And here is their future...
Most of all I am happy for the person in my avatar, a few years ago after the World Grand Prix Qualificiation in Cagliari where Turkey failed to qualify I wrote this for Neslihan
I am really sick and tired of watching the same scene over and over again.
2006 World Championship Best Scorer: Neslihan Darnel
Turkey is 10th.
2007 Montreux Volley Masters Best Scorer: Neslihan Darnel
Turkey is 6th.
2009 European League Best Scorer: Neslihan Darnel
Turkey is 2nd.
2010 European League Best Scorer: Neslihan Darnel
Turkey is 3rd.
2010 Grand Prix Qualification Best Scorer,MVP: Neslihan Darnel
Turkey is 4th.
2010 World Championship Best Scorer: Neslihan Darnel
Turkey is ???
Such a high-level player deserve to play in a team in a better position in ranking. Yes she is an amazing player she proved that many times but this is a team sport. You are where your team is.
She won every possible individual award from best server to best scorer but she was sad while receiving her awards couse her team probably was not succesful again.
She keeps fighting for the team for years alone. She never had a teammate to help her in score. Once we had Hanikoglu and we got the silver in ECH2003. I feel really sad for her. She must play in Olympic Games not European League. She will probably finish her career without doing this. So sad.
I now see that she will play where she is sopposed to in summer. She will be in London, she will be in Olympic Games.
Thank you Nesli, thank you Turkey Women's National Volleyball Team.