Milagros Cabral, hero inside and outside the lines

Her experience and talent made her the natural choice for captain of her National Team over the past years. She hopes to lead her teammates once again to win another gold medal, as the result in Mexico guarantees them the ticket everyone wants this year, a spot in London 2012!

Her words shows she trust her girls more than ever: “I hope to be a champion and qualify for the London Olympic Games. My team is working hard, and we are in great shape both physically and mentally. Without taking the other teams that are here for granted – Puerto Rico that has many great players, Canada that has a high performing team, Cuba, a team with a great Olympic tradition and good players, and Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras – I think we can do really well.”

Milagros started in volleyball at only 14 years old in a neighborhood club, graduating to another club called Los Cachorros, where she drew attention with her skills.

With her high jumps and fast arm, Cabral provides a powerful spike that belies her height of ‘just’ 181cm.

In 1998, Milagros made her first appearance in the senior National Team and already in that year played a World Championship. And that was just the beggining.

This incredible outside hitter had the opportunity to play in many different countries in her career including Japan, Italy, Spain, Russia, Korea, Puerto Rico. Fans all over the world had the chance to see her in action.

It was with National Team that Milagros achieved her best results. The victory in the Pan-American Games in 2003, played at home in front of her family is one of Milagro’s favorite memories. In 2004, she competed in her first Olympic Games, a result she expects to repeat in 2012, when she completes 15 years defending her country’s colours.

In 2009, with Brazilian Marcos Kwiek as coach, the Dominican Republic team garnered worldwide attention as they won the bronze medal at the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan, after winning the title in the Continental Championship. And of course, Milagros was there once again, a natural leader.

At 32 years old, Cabral is an example for many kids. One of her dreams is to help the development of the sport in her country, and she plans to start studying Sports Administration at the end of the year. She is a hero not only inside courts, but also outside them. With the help of her federation, Milagros already uses the sport to educate, teaching young fans the values she once learned with volleyball, with various clinics and sports trips. And the plan is to to keep spreading the joy of volleyball to as many kids as possible in the future.

Milagros Cabral is a true hero who combines talent, work, leadership and a fighting soul, and is ready for the next battle.