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Sheilla Castro de Paula Blassioli

Part of the Brazil Women's Volleyball team which won gold at both the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and in London four years later, Sheilla Castro de Paula Blassioli also has numerous club honours and individual awards to her name from a hugely successful career.

Between 2005 and 2016, Castro and her Brazil team-mates won seven of 12 World Grand Prix events (Castro was most valuable player in 2006 and 2009) and were runners-up three times.

Castro also played for Brazil in the 2007 FIVB World Cup but they finished second to Italy, and there were also two silvers (2006 and 2010) and a bronze (2014) at the FIVB World Championship.

At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Brazil beat Japan in the Quarter-Finals and PR China in the Semi-Finals, before seeing off the United States to win gold.

In London four years later, Russia and Japan were their knockout-phase victims and once again they beat the United States to clinch gold.

But Castro or Brazil could not make it a hat-trick of wins at Rio 2016, where they lost in the Quarter-Finals and finished fifth overall.

At club level, Castro has played in Italy and Turkey, as well as her native Brazil, and was part of the Sollys Nestle Osasco team that won the 2012 Club World Championship.

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