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1 May 2013
Cairo, Egypt, May1, 2013- It looks great for the Tunisian Girls' Youth team coach Rym Ben Slimane to feel the victory of volleyball competitions as a player and as a coach.
She finished her career as a player with a great victory, gaining the Tunisian cup in 2008 with Ettihad Carthage Club and in the following season she gained the same trophy with the same team but as a coach when she took over the responsibility.
"I was very happy to live both feelings in two successive years," Rym Ben Slimane said. "I was dreaming to achieve this victory since I started my career as a player when I was only 9 years. I was thinking of the day when I stand on the podium to receive the gold medal. Now I'm looking forwards for a new era with the Tunisian girls' team after our qualification to the FIVB World Championship in Thailand."
Tunisia under the leadership of the young coach secured one of the three African tickets at the FIVB prestigious event after coming as second to Egypt in the African qualifying Championship held in Cairo in March 2013.
"To play at this world level is a big mission because we will meet the top teams in the elite and thus we have to prepare well to represent our country in the best way. We need to improve in all our skill. I have a lot of work to do for the team ahead of the World championship."
Rym started as a player in Etoile sportive de Rades club in the mini volley team before she transferred to one of the major teams in Tunisia, Sfax where she played 5 seasons and selected to the Tunisian national team. She also represented the Tunisian University and played in many University championships before finally she played to Ettihad Carthage where she ended her playing career after winning the Tunisian Cup in 2009.
"After I retired the club's board asked me to conduct the team as a coach in the following season. At the start I felt it will be difficult to start my coaching career so quick like this, but finally I accepted the challenge. I didn't realize that I will go through my new job with a big title in the first season."
in 2011 she was selected as an assistant coach for the Tunisian girls youth team where she conducted the team as an assistant coach in the African Nations Championship in Egypt and came out as third after the winners Egypt and Algeria.
In 2013 she took over the responsibility as a coach for the same team and secured the World championship ticket.
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