Meet Winifer Fernandez, the 21-year-old Olympic volleyball player out of the Dominican Republic who is breaking the Internet after this video of her “highlights” was posted on Youtube.
Winifer started playing volleyball at the age of 10.
She’s played in 15 World Championships matches for the Dominican Republic and in 45 international championships. And she’s only 21.
She has an individual bronze medal. In 2011, she played in the Girls’ Youth Pan-American Cup, and helped the team to achieve a team gold medal.
She was called on to play with her club in 2016 in the World Grand Prix Group 2. the team won the gold.
She was elected in 2010 at NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Federation) U18 Championship for Best Defensive Player at age 15. In addition, she was also elected Best Digger and Best Receiver, finishing in fourth place with her club, Cien Fuegos, according to Mens SXP.
She was awarded the MVP at Baja California International Cup in 2013. “this tournament was a great experience for us, it was also the first one of the year and we feel very proud as a team,” Fernandez told reporters at the event, according to NORCEA. “We struggled a little in some matches, but finished strong, winning and that was the most important thing.
“I feel so proud about playing this position, for every goal you achieve, this takes you to the next step, willing to work harder, to be more active and to be full of energy for every challenge ahead.”
She is one of the youngest liberos (defensive players) from the Dominican Republic. Fernandez Prior to Fernandez’s entry into volleyball, Evelyn Carreras and Brenda Castillo were the youngest players from the Dominican Republic, representing the island in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012.
She has received numerous awards in different international competitions. She continues the tradition of award-winning liberos from the Dominican Republic. She truly has love for the game. When receiving her award for Best Libero in 2013, she humbly declared her admiration for volleyball in Baja.“We hope that they keep on following and supporting volleyball, which is a very beautiful sport.”