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13-year-old Cypriot attracting attention at Beach Volleyball World Championship

Evita Leonidou is the youngest athlete at the event

The Cypriot women’s team is proud to have in its ranks the youngest athlete in the 2014 Beach Volleyball World Championship.
Evita Leonidou was born on October 24, 2000, and at the age of 13 is attracting interest not only from local media and fans, but also from foreign contingents.

In a short interview before her qualifying match against the McNamara twin sisters from Canada, Leonidou showed great maturity for her age, expressing optimism about her game.

“Participating in such a prestigious event is a big step in my career, as I’m learning all the time,” she said.
“The help that my older sister, Joanna (who is now playing in Greece for Vrilisia) is giving me on a daily basis is vital to my development.”

Evita first got a ball in her hands at Nea Salamina when she was only five-and-a-half years old. She then moved to another Famagusta club, Anorthosis, and then to Apollon Limassol, her current team.

As for her long-term goals, Evita wants to get established at Apollon and at the same time in the Cypriot national team. Showing great ambition for her age she goes one step further saying: “My dream is to play for a big club abroad.”

As an epilogue, she wanted to thank her family for supporting her both financially and emotionally. “All my coaches have also played a very important role in my career and I would like to thank them for having faith in me.”

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