Gabriela Pérez del Solar
|Gabriela Pérez del Solar|
|Full name||Gabriela Pérez del Solar Cuculiza|
July 10, 1968 |
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Gabriela Pérez del Solar|
27 July 2006
|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.
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.
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.
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)
- 1984: 4th place in the Olympic Games of Los Angeles
- 1985: Gold Medal. South American Championship in Caracas
- 1985: 5th place in World Cup in Japan ("Best blocker")
- 1986: Bronze Medal. World Championship in Czechoslovakia
- 1987: Silver medal in Pan American Games in Indianapolis
- 1987: Gold Medal. South American Championship in Montevideo
- 1987: Gold Medal. Japan Cup ("Best spiker")
- 1988: Silver medal in the Olympic Games of Seoul ("Best reception")
- 1988: Bronze medal in Top Four
- 1989: Gold Medal. South American Championship in Curitiba
- 1989: 5th place in Volleyball World Cup in Japan
- 1990: 6th place. World Championship in China
- 1991: Bronze medal in Pan American Games in Havana
- 1991: Silver Medal. South American Championship in São Paulo
- 1991: 5th place in Volleyball World Cup in Japan (designated "Best blocker")
- 1993: Gold Medal. South American Championship in Cuzco
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.