Gabriela Pérez del Solar

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Gabriela Pérez del Solar
Personal information
Full name Gabriela Pérez del Solar Cuculiza
Born (1968-07-10) July 10, 1968 (age 49)
Ica, Peru
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
National team
1984-1993 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 retired 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 1.94 m height helped her to become an internationally respected blocker. She ranked in fourth place in the 1984 Summer Olympics. 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 and ranked in fifth place, she also won the gold medal in the 1985 South American Championship. She won the 1986 FIVB World Championship bronze medal and silver in the 1987 Pan American Games. She won the gold medal in the 1987 South American Championship and 1987 Japan Cup, where she was awarded Best Spiker. She was a member of the team that won the silver medal in the 1988 Summer Olympics being awarded best receiver.

Pérez won the 1988 Top Four bronze medal, 1989 South American Championship gold medal and ranked in fifth place in the 1989 FIVB World Cup. She ranked sixth in the 1990 FIVB World Championship and won the bronze medal in the 1991 Pan American Games, silver in the 1991 South American Championship and fifth place in the 1991 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup. She retired from the Peruvian national team after winning the 1993 South American Championship in Cuzco.

In Italy[edit]

After retiring in Peru, Pérez 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.




  • 3 Italian Cups (1990, 1991, 1993)