After maternity leave / Day

A selection of mothers

In the spring of 2020, the Covid-19 season ended sooner, and that was very grateful for my future plans. The son was born in December. Although the children of the pandemic were born in Tomena, I do not want to call him that because he was planned. At the same time, I also set a goal to return to the field as soon as possible – last season was very good for me, but it was ruined by a coward, so I was emotionally left with a feeling of not doing work. However, even if it were not, I would continue my career, because I still have the desire and excitement to play.

At the beginning of my pregnancy I worked a little in the gym, later I practiced yoga and walked a lot. In turn, light training resumed two, two and a half months after giving birth. The Latvian women’s basketball team is currently rich for mothers, so I consulted with Ieva Pulveri, who is a physiotherapist, and she has also been exercising for pregnant women. Ieva recommended me very good specialists to turn to after the birth to check and regain my shape, my physiotherapist also helped me and Ivars Ikstens, a fitness trainer of the team, joined me. Returning to sports after the birth of a child, new feelings and new excitement appear, the will to run and do again. Yes, the preparation process is difficult and challenging, but the emotions and high motivation inside help you do it.

With the best babysitter

I closed the spring of 2020 at a club in Ankara. My previous team also asked me how to go this autumn, I understand that they would have liked to have seen me return, but it would be very difficult to be there with my child, because it is a university team with different living conditions. Now I play right there in Ankara, but in another club – the city is known, the league is known, the coaches and the girls are also known. Although the level has dropped in the last few years, Turkey still has one of the strongest national women’s basketball championships. All teams have very good foreign players, it is also possible to make a living.

Returning to the square required a lot emotionally. The hardest part was getting used to working in a team again, working with other girls. Before the season, we played a lot of test matches, in which I regained the rhythm of the game – nowhere was it gone, but we needed to refresh our skills a bit. My husband, as a doctor, is a busy person, especially in these times. We meet once a month. He came to us in October for the beginning of the season, I was in Latvia during the national break in November, hopefully he will come for Christmas. In Turkey, games usually take place on December 24, because Christmas is not celebrated here. Although all supermarkets and cafes are decorated, this holiday is not close to them. Although I am not alone in Turkey, it would not be possible with such a small child, because training schedules are unpredictable. I have the greatest babysitter and the greatest support with me – my mom.

My husband also has to deal with Covid-19 wards – if a stroke patient has a virus, he needs to go to it as well. There are always risks and extreme situations when working in a hospital, and of course I’m worried about my husband, but if I did it every day, I would just be confused. That’s why I take my husband’s profession calmly, but I respect him very much.

Halfway to the final

It was a great pleasure for me to return to the Latvian national team after a long break, because I missed the 2019 European Championship due to an injury, but we did not attend this year’s championship. Starting the selection cycle with two victories is great, great emotions have been gained, and we are already halfway to the final tournament. Yes, in these games the team did not have a wide rotation of players, but it should not be forgotten that the main task was to win, and as convincing as possible, so there was no time left for experiments. The very good experience for the new players was to be with the team in general, to see the training process and the level to be pursued. Their time is yet to come. I would not say out loud that this is my last Olympic cycle, but it will probably be. Thinking about continuing my career, I will look at the season from the season in terms of emotions, feelings, ability and will. The ultimate goal for all of us, of course, is the Olympic Games. First of all, we need to play well in the next European Championship, and if we do, we can move on. Once upon a time, the Olympic dream came true for me, if it were done twice, it would be fantastic at all. The Latvian national team currently has a very strong team of coaches. Each of the coaches is involved and helps to create a game plan – it is designed so that each player can show himself on the best side, because the assistants of coach Gundars Vētra know the girls very well. We have to wait a very long time until the next official national team games, but in the summer we will have camps again, which will help us prepare even better. However, of course, I would like to play more often – waiting for a match a year is not pleasant. I would also not be at all opposed to being able to come home more often during the season due to randomness.

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