IO – “Indonesian beach volleyball player Dhita Juliana seizes every opportunity that comes her way to delivers in the best possible results, to make her country proud.
The Bima native’s toughest opponent is herself, but other than that, she is fearless against all challenges on the sand court.
“The biggest challenge I have in beach volleyball is against myself. I overcome these challenges as I face them head on. I try to put all my goals and dreams in perspective, and always think what I want to achieve in each competition,” she said, as quoted by Asian Volleyball Confederation’s website.
She played volleyball intensively until she was introduced to beach volleyball after graduating from high school. Then she trained under renowned beach volleyball coach Agus Salim, who helped improve her craft to become the country’s best female beach volleyball player.
“I started playing beach volleyball at the age of 17 after graduating from high school. I played indoor volleyball prior to that and then I began to play beach volleyball when I entered PPLP, which is a student training education center established by the government to train junior athletes.
“The person who influenced me the most in my beach volleyball career is my coach Agus Salim. He was the one who motivated me to stay and focus on beach volleyball.” Indonesia’s efforts in its beach volleyball program is commendable, as it continuously produces talents that excel at a world level. Juliana, particularly, has been playing for more than a decade and has made best of her participation” “in various international competitions by bringing home many medals.
“I got a silver at the Southeast Asian Games in 2011, then two years later I won gold at the Islamic Solidarity Games and a silver at the AVC Tour in Bangka Belitung. In 2014, I finished second at the ASEAN University Games and third at the Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand.
“I finished with silver medals at the AVC Tour events in Songkhla in 2015 and in Osaka in 2017, then bagged gold the same year at the Asian Championships in Singapore.
“In 2018, I won bronze at the Asian Championships in Thailand and got a bronze at the Asian Games, which were held in Indonesia. Then in 2019 I won three med-” “als – bronze at the World Tour Daegu 1-star, silver at the AVC Tour in Penghu and another silver at the Southeast Asian Games in Manila.” At age 27, she hopes to gain more wins and inspire future generations.
“I always train hard and follow my coach’s training program, then set my goals for each competition. Beach volleyball in Indonesia is good and growing, and we always have training camps before a competition.
“In terms of development, I try my best to help out by providing time to train with younger players and motivate them to become better players. Hopefully, in the next five years I can have my own beach volleyball club that will train young athletes.”Indonesian beach volleyball’s future seems bright indeed.” (rp)