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Five-time US Olympian, Danielle Scott-Arruda: Work Hard With Clear Vision

She played at the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and the 2012 Olympic Games breaking a U.S. female volleyball athlete record for Olympic appearances.
29 Sep 2019 15:58
Five-time US Olympian, Danielle Scott-Arruda: Work Hard With Clear Vision
From left: Vodafone Fiji sponsorship manager Adriu Vakarau and Danielle Scott-Arruda at the Wailoaloa Beach Resort on September 27, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Five-time US Olympian and 2-time Olympic silver medalist Danielle Scott-Arruda says there is no two way about success.

The indoor volleyball player was the chief guest at the annual 2019 Vodafone/Westpac Nadi International Volleyball tournament held yesterday.

The official opening was held at the Wailoaloa Beach Resort on Friday night.

The 46-year old was brought up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

“I was brought up by a single mother. I saw her work two jobs. We were resilient and we were strengthened by her faith,” she said.

Her biggest challenger was trying to make the 2012 Olympics Games after giving birth to her daughter in 2010.

“I said to myself I am going to get another run. As a four-time Olympian then you think I will be assured right, but I wasn’t and so I decided to work harder with a clear vision,” she added.

She thanked the organisers and respective stakeholders for coming together for such a grand cause to support WOW Kids.

“On behalf of my family, US Volleyball and Sting Volleyball programme, thank you for the warm welcome.

“What I will remember most about Fiji are the people, the warmth and the smiling faces you receive while in Fiji.”

PROFILE:

She played at the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and the 2012 Olympic Games breaking a U.S. female volleyball athlete record for Olympic appearances.

Scott-Arruda carried the flag for her country at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.

She attended Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, where she was an All-State performer in volleyball and basketball.

Her parents are Charles Young and Vera Scott. She has one brother (Charles) and one sister (Stefanie). She is married to Eduardo Arruda.

LONG BEACH STATE

She was a Three Time First Team American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American and was the National Player of the Year in 1993.

In her career, she posted 1,778 kills, 693 digs and 604 blocks and also earned All-Big West honors in basketball, becoming the first Big West student-athlete to earn all-conference accolades in two sports in one season.

Edited by Osea Bola 

 

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