After beeing awarded the World Handball Player of the Year 2012, Brasilian right winger Alexandra do Nascimento, playing at Hypo NÖ in Austria since 2003, was telling about her feelings and thoughts to timeoutmag.com.
-Congratulation for winning the award. Did you expect that you will be the winner of this contest? How does it feel to be the World Handball Player of the Year 2012?
It was a honour already to be nominated, but sincerelly I have not expected to become the winner. I had of course secretly hoping that I can win if I’m already a candidate, but eventually it came as a big surprise for me too. I am a very happy person right now, and first of all I have to thank to my coach, András Németh whom I work with since 2007. He had the largest contribution to this award, helping me to develop as a handball player, to improve my skills and to get better and better. We spent together many training hours, when he gave me usefully advices, teaching me a lot about this sport and how to be a good player.
– What extra this award gives you? Could this mean maybe extra motivation, mobilizing more energies and ambitions?
I have suddenly realized that that huge amount of work I have done since I have started my handball career was an investment which was worth it. Especially as a Brasilian player, is a great achievement, because we are not a handball-power and this is such a great feeling to be awarded the best in the world. I would like to say thank you to my husband, who has constantly motivated and encouraged me and helped me in achieving my goals.
-The Brazilian handball has gone through a great development in recent years, there was organised a World Championship in your country and the nomination to this award is also proof of this. The next Olympics will be organised in Rio de Janeiro, will you attend this event?
Of course, I would like to particpate in the next Olympics, because this is a great event of the sport, where the best of the best are present and the host country is Brasil.
–You are in competition in CWC with your club-team, Hypo NÖ, what are the main goals now?
After not qualifying to the CL Main Round, our goal is to qualify to the CWC final and to get this trophy.
-If you could have a wish regarding future handball achievments, what that would be?
Without no doubt, I would like to win a medal in 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The interview couldn’t be realized without Márk Hegedűs, manager at Hypo NÖ