Helena Lloret: “We are confident we can take home the title”
There is no other player as excited to compete in Barcelona 2018 as Helena Lloret. The CN Mataró leftie is back in the Spanish national team – in which she played , a crucial role in Budapest 2017 - after missing the London Olympic Games and Barcelona World Championships because of a pulmonary embolism.
Lloret did not give up on her dreams, and after a 5-year-battle she is ready to represent her country in the European Championships and in the Tokyo Olympics, her long-term goal. Her perseverance and strength are undeniable.
“The truth is I overcame my illness pretty fast in 2012 – she explains – I was 20 back then. But I wasn’t ready to go back to the team. I was very unlucky, that is undeniable, but I’ve come to believe that everything happens for a reason. In fact, I feel somehow grateful, as weird as it may sound. I did everything I could to go to London, but I wasn’t able to get back in shape on time. The same thing happened in Barcelona 2013, were I had to seat in the bleachers to support my friends. This was the toughest experience of my entire life, but it has also shaped me into the person I am today”.
Lloret, who also studies psychology and loves drawing – she has over 30.000 followers on her Instagram account dedicated to this hobby – will not give up until competing in the Olympic Games: “We all dream to become Olympians and I will do everything I can to make this possible in Tokyo. I have already missed two opportunities and I think that’s enough.”
A crucial player of the Spanish national team, scoring the decisive penalty that allowed the Spaniards to qualify for the Budapest final, Lloret keeps working very hard to be in Miki Oca’s list. “I will fight until the end – she claims – and will continue to work to be in Barcelona 2018. Competing at the European Championships in front of a home crowd is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are confident we can take home the title.”
At 26, the Catalan player is one of the three lefties who will fight to claim one of the 13 spots in Oca’s group. “The team has great potential and talent, but we can’t relax. Every match is going to be a challenge and in a two-week competition anything ca happen. We will have to do our best.”
Lloret is satisfied with the performances delivered so far in the Europa Cup and World League. “These competitions are very useful to get ready for the major events. The key is to compete with the same focus we would use in a top tournament. I am sure we will have a great winter season.”