Gabriela Pérez del Solar

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez del Solar and the second or maternal family name is Cuculiza.
Gabriela Pérez del Solar
Personal information
Full name Gabriela Pérez del Solar Cuculiza
Born (1968-07-10) July 10, 1968 (age 48)
Ica, Peru
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Volleyball information
Current club retired
National team
1984-1993 Peru Peru
Gabriela Pérez del Solar
Peruvian Congressman
Assumed office
27 July 2006
Constituency Lima
Personal details
Political party Christian People's Party

Gabriela ("Gaby") Lourdes Pérez del Solar Cuculiza (born July 10, 1968 in Ica) is a Peruvian female volleyball player and politician (PPC). On July 27, 2006 she assumed a position in the Peruvian Congress, representing Lima.

Sports career[edit]

Perez del Solar began to play volleyball at 14 years old. Her 1.94m height helped her to become an internationally respected blocker. She began to show her abilities for the sport in the 1985 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in Japan, and at just 17 years old was chosen as the best blocker of the tournament. She was a member of the team that won the silver medal in the Olympic Games of Seoul in 1988. She retired from the Peruvian national team after winning the 1993 South American Women's Volleyball Championship in Cuzco.

In Italy[edit]

After retiring in Peru, Perez del Solar began playing in Italy. She was invited to become a member of the Italian national team, but rejected the offer.

Political life[edit]

In 2005, the then presidential candidate Lourdes Flores Nano invited Perez del Solar to run for Congress and she accepted. In the general elections of 2006, she was elected with the most votes in her district and fifth highest number of votes in the nation. In April 2006, she became a member of the Unidad Nacional, in a ceremony prepared by Xavier Barrón and Lourdes Flores. In the 2011 election, she was re-elected for another five-year term on the ticket of the Alliance for the Great Change to which the Christian People's Party now belongs.


She has attended five South American Championships (winning in four occasions), two Volleyball World Championship (third in 1986) and two Olympic Games (Silver medal in 1988).



  • 3 Italian Cups (1990, 1991, 1993)

Career Summary[edit]

National Team

Women's U20 Team

  • 1982: Gold Medal. South American Championship in Santa Fe
  • 1984: Silver Medal. South American Championship in Iquitos
  • 1985: 8th place in Women's U20 World Championship in Italy
  • 1986: Gold Medal. South American Championship in São Paulo
  • 1987: 6th place in Women's U20 World Championship in South Korea

Girl's Youth Team

  • 1982: Gold Medal. South American Championship in Asunción.
  • 1984: Silver Medal. South American Championship in Santiago.