The Brazilian women’s sitting volleyball team had a special guest during their training on Saturday at the Brazilian Paralympic Training Centre in Sao Paulo.
One of Brazil’s coaching greats, Marcos Kwiek, spoke with the world champion team’s athletes and participated in their drills. CBVD president Angelo Alves Neto welcomed the renowned coach.
Women’s sitting volleyball coach Fernando Guimaraes also expressed his delight for Kwiek’s presence during their training.
“Today at the training of the Brazilian women’s sitting volleyball team, we had the honour and pleasure of welcoming my dearest brother, one of the best coaches in the world and coach of the Dominican Republic women’s volleyball team, Marco Kwiek! Thank you, my dear brother,” on his Instagram post.
Kwiek was an assistant coach of the Brazilian women’s national team from 2003-2007. In 2008, he then headed to the Dominican Republic and steered them to gain its best achievements in the volleyball programme’s history.
During his first few years with the Dominican Republic, he led the team to clinch bronze at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan and record its best-ever finish of fifth-place at the London 2012 Olympics. After missing the cut at Rio 2016, he transformed his team and gained back-to-back Olympic qualifications at Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.
The Dominican Republic also won two Pan American Games and three Central American and Caribbean Games gold medals, six Pan American Cup and three NORCECA Championship titles under Kwiek’s guidance.