German Volleyball Association – Beach: Chantal Laboureur

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Chantal Laborer, among the finest defenders on the earth, needs to focus extra on her private life from 2023 and finish her unbelievable profession on the finish of the yr. Partner and younger expertise Sarah Schultz has her sights set on Paris 2024 and now it is time to begin qualifying for her large Olympic dream with a brand new accomplice.

From September 1 to 4, 2022, the German Championships in Timmendorfer Strand would be the final event in entrance of a house viewers for seaside volleyball skilled Chantal Laboureur. Because the present and three-time champion of Germany will put the ball down on the finish of the yr and finish his spectacular profession as among the finest defenders on the earth.

Professional (seaside) volleyball participant for over 23 years

Chantal (32 years previous) has been taking part in indoor and seaside volleyball for over 23 years. He made it a precedence to have seaside volleyball always and in any respect prices. With success, as a result of the seaside volleyball participant of 2018 has collected again-to-again medals on the nationwide and worldwide ranges through the years, rising to the highest time and again within the face of setbacks comparable to accidents and workforce splits. German seaside volleyball introduced numerous pleasure and success to the desk. Recently, she and her accomplice Sarah Schultz have been among the finest German groups on the courtroom on the 2022 European Beach Volleyball Championships in Munich (fifth place).

Laborer/Schultz, Queens of the Court 2021. Photo: Connie Kurt

Laborer/Schultz, Queens of the Court 2021. Photo: Connie Kurt

“The hardest determination”

But it ought to be accomplished by the top of the yr. The pursuit of privateness and different priorities away from the seaside volleyball courtroom have gotten more and more necessary for the Friedrichshafen native:

“This is essentially the most troublesome determination of my life. If you’ve got been doing one thing your complete life and find it irresistible a lot, then this step is large. The determination to withdraw have to be made in some unspecified time in the future – by each athlete. In my case, I do know that stopping won’t ever be straightforward for me. Beach volleyball provides me a lot, I really like the game, the coaching, the individuals, the competitors, all the pieces. I affiliate so many feelings with it. But in actuality, the will to place the rank and file first took priority. Something like that is sleeping within you. Lately, I’ve discovered that I do not need to put these wishes behind seaside volleyball. It might sound cliché, however as a girl my age, I’ve to consider how and when the long run holds. The key phrases are household planning {and professional} profession,” Chantal explains her determination.

An try to equalize skilled sports activities

Family and work can’t be mixed with aggressive sports activities. Competitive sports activities require numerous time, virtually a full-time job. “We have many benefits, however the worth is difficult: rejection. Sometimes we go away for weeks, our companions are alone at dwelling, we go to buddies’ weddings alone. We at all times need to say no to essentially the most stunning invites. Vacation planning is greater than a balancing act. Friends and household ought to match into our plans. Your skilled ambitions additionally come second,” explains Chantal.

“Even although the Olympic Games in Paris are ‘solely’ two years away, they’re ‘nonetheless’ two years away. I do not need to put myself, Sarah, my workforce or my sponsors in bother throughout subsequent yr’s Olympic qualifiers or all of a sudden be left with nothing. So I’m drawing the road after this season.”

Best needs for the long run

Sarah Schulz, one of many absolute prime abilities in seaside volleyball and a ten-yr junior accomplice, winner of the brand new format King’s Tournament (nationwide) and the German Championship within the first yr (2021) with Chantal Laboureur. Having received silver on the 2022 Doha International Beach Pro Tour Challenge, the information got here as a shock, however he understood the choice effectively:

“Obviously, I feel it is a disgrace we cannot be a Labour/Schultz workforce subsequent season. But Chantal made her determination, and I fully perceive her determination,” says Sara sympathetically. “I keep in mind two great, stunning years with Chantal. I beloved it a lot! Chantal is pleased with her accomplishments as a aggressive athlete, but additionally as an individual, and I’m thrilled to be part of it. So I look to the long run with tears, but additionally with smiles. I want Chantal all one of the best in her new journey, wherever it takes her!”

“German seaside volleyball has misplaced a world-class defender in Chantal. With greater than 100 worldwide tournaments and plenty of achievements, we congratulate her on her profession and want her all one of the best for the long run,” says DVV-Sport board member Julia Frauendorf.

More worldwide tournaments till the top of the season

Sarah Schultz will do all the pieces to realize her objective of taking part within the 2024 Olympics in Paris. “After this message, I have to get myself so as a bit. Of course, I’ll now have many conversations to proceed with my new accomplice. As quickly as there may be information, we’ll inform you.”

Chantal Laborer is assured: “Whoever is subsequent to Sarah within the subsequent few years is a really fortunate man! Spending time with Sarah is enjoyable, easy and productive! In this context, I want to thanks once more for these two great years. Sarah, you might have rewarded your self and our workforce with such an exquisite improvement! We usually are not two particular person gamers, we’re an actual workforce. I’m even happier and I’m certain I’ll actually admire the truth that we hit the sand collectively a number of extra occasions this yr. Now we look ahead to the Timmendorff background.”

The German Beach Volleyball Championship might be held on September 1-4, 2022 in Timmendorfer Strand. Beach volleyball followers can look ahead to the top-of-season matches of the ability duo on the worldwide stage, such because the Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Paris from September 28 to October 2, 2022. The final time might be Chantal Laboureur. then serve on the Beach Pro Tour Challenge within the Maldives from October 13-16, 2022. One factor is definite: Chantal Laborer will go away a giant mark on the seaside volleyball sand.




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