Beach Pro Tour
SANDCAST: Sophie Bukovec, Canadian 'superstar' is here to surprise
The Canadian blocker turned defender has surprised everyone, mainly herself, with her success this season
Gepubliceerd 07:15, 08 sep. 2022
It’s monsooning in Thailand. This isn't all that unusual. Southern Thailand amasses, on average, 94 inches of rain per year. Not that Sophie Bukovec would, or should, know this. She’s 16 years old, playing in the first -- and potentially last -- FIVB of her career.
The rain in fact reaches such a volume that, in the middle of her first round qualifier match, against Norway’s Vilde Solvoll and Cindy Treland, the organizers have to move the match to a different court.
They lose, 21-19, 14-21, 10-15. And then they lose again, in the most heartbreaking of fashions, as the organizer, awarding a pair of lucky losers, pulls two teams out of a hat that do not read the names of Bukovec and Altomare. And so there 16-year-old Sophie Bukovec sits, crestfallen and defeated, sopping wet on the southern tip of Thailand, wondering what anyone in that moment might wonder: “Is this what it’s like? Because I don’t know if I can do this. This is wild.’
“So,” she says, 10 years later, “fly to Thailand, lose, and see if you want to do it.”