Does the name Leila Barros ring a bell to you?
Even before the emergence of Alyssa Valdez, Gretchen Ho, Mika Reyes, and other hard-hitting local volleyball stars, Barros has already captured the heart of many Filipino volleyball fans because of her beauty, charm, and tenacity inside the court.
The 5-foot-10 Brazilian opposite hitter led her team to a bronze medal finish in the FIVB Grand Prix held in Manila in August of 2000. As soon as she enters the court back then, Filipino fans have started to love her. Hence, her large following here in the country.
In a previous interview, Barros noted that she has a lot of Filipino facebook friends and said that Filipinos are warm and affectionate. In the same interview, she bared that she would want to visit and reconnect with her fans again if given a chance.
Eighteen years after she first visited the Philippines, Barros, now married, will face a new and daunting task as she won a seat in the Federal District in Brazil.
According to Volleywood, the former Brazil national team spiker will surely make a good senator.
Congrats to 🇧🇷 Senator LEILA BARROS! She just won a senatorial seat in the Federal District. You were such a great athlete Leila so no doubt you’d make a great senator! So happy for you! #LEILAmania lives on! 🏐💪🏻🏐 (Trivia: She is the reason why I ❤️ 🏐 & became a 🏐 player.) pic.twitter.com/ENxiS3Ivw2
— Volleywood (@Volleyw00d) October 7, 2018
Located in the Central Plateau of the Brazilian Highlands, the Federal District is one of the 27 federative units of Brazil, which has 31 administrative regions including Brasilia, Brazil’s capital. It is home to around three million Brazilians.
Barros previously worked as Secretary of State for Sports, Tourism and Leisure in her hometown Brasilia.
Photo Credit: Volleywood