At just 18 years old, Valentina Raposo became the revelation of the Lionesses. In January, she arrived from Salta to CeNARD to play a series of friendlies against India with the U21 team.
In those days, Leoncita’s sporting life took a 180 degree turn when she received the call from Carlos Retegui to join in training with the selected major. She played both FIH Pro League matches against Germany during the month of April.
She participated in all the concentrations of the season with the Lionesses for the Tokyo Olympic Games and won a place among those chosen to participate in the Olympic event. She had the finishing touch from her.
What happened to her in just seven months had its fruits in the recognition by the International Hockey Federation when she received the nomination to become the promising player of the 2020-2021 season.
Raposo shares the shortlist along with the British Fiona Crackles and the Indian Sharmila Devi. Throughout the different distinctions in this category, Argentina won the award six times by Soledad García (2002 and 2004), Florencia Habif (2014), María José Granatto (2016 and 2017) and Lucina Von der Heyde (2018 ). Now, the eyes of the world are on young Leona.
From her native Salta, Raposo told her feelings about a very special year for her: “Being nominated is a super important recognition for me, but wearing the light blue and white this year was already a dream more than fulfilled, added to everything that came with that: the Olympic Games and winning the silver medal, scoring goals that help the team, being able to join the team and be accepted well. It was the best. ”
The defender emerged from the Popeye Club scored two goals during the Tokyo Olympic Games where she won, with the team, the fifth Olympic medal for Argentine women’s hockey.
Regarding the nomination, he assured: “Personally, it generates a lot of pride and happiness, but also responsibility knowing that many girls see me as a reference and as an example. In my club the number of players in the children’s games increased a lot, that is It is great, but at the same time it is a responsibility, it is to continue making an effort every day, and to show them that everything can be done with effort, training and doing things well. ”
The best players in each category will be defined by the combination of the results of the online voting of the people and the athletes themselves. You can vote until September 15.