“Genetics or tradition?

We are enjoying the World Volleyball League and the Cuban team is going triumphant to the final to be held since today until July 25 in Cordova, Argentina.

Around the League, I was meditating on one of the Cuba´s star players: Roberlandy Simon, the team´s captain.

And there is something curious I do not know weather  it is matter of genetics, but this young athlete has great sporting antecedent.

His father, Roberto Simon, was also an athlete. “The Stone Simon”, as commonly called, became a Cuba´s Basketball star. There were many the events and results of this sportman. He retired and is working as a Basketball teacher, in addition to training his little girl Rose Mary. His other son Roberto Simon, is now in the Havana Sports School (EIDE) in Basketball.

The aunts and uncles of this volleyball star player in Cuba also practiced sports. Lucia, the eldest of eight siblings in total, played basketball during childhood and this activity ceased when her two children arrived: Lianne Simon Castañeda, a current member of the Cuba women’s Volleyball team which in the Volley Masters in China was awarded for being the event´s second most valuable player. Her second son, Leduar Luis Simon, is a Basketball athlete in Guantánamo EIDE.

Vicente Simon, was a member of Guantánamo Basketball team along with his brother Roberto when the team was champion for five consecutive years and for those results, were invited to a tournament in Spain.

Edelmira Simon, another Roberlandis´ aunt, began playing sports at early age. Then was taken to the High Performance School and participated in several national and international competitions in different categories. Now she is Basketball coach and her pupils have been national champions and always ranked in the first places. Very young she practiced sports, but her sister Claribel was also involved in Volleyball.

Evelio Simon also belonged to the High Performance School in Havana. He currently teaches Physical Education at the Guantánamo Sports School and in 2009 was selected the best Basketball teacher and now is in Venezuela. Of his two sons, one is a Basketball athlete in Guantanamo.

Yenni Simón is a Basketball coach. Since childhood she traveled with her older brothers and so was inclined to practice Basketball and represented Cuba in international events. Her quality is even evident in Venezuela, where she achieved favorable results in the state of Carabobo.

Even Yudelaine, the youngest of the Simons, as people call them in Guantanamo, played Basketball, but then practiced volleyball and played for Villa Clara and Guantánamo while being in the province´s Sports School.

Rightly, Roberlandis Simon´s grandparents, Rufina Salomon and Jose Simon, are proud of their offspring.

Well, there´s a genetic factor in these cases because all the Simons are tall. But What an unstoppable tradition!


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