WOMEN WHO INSPIRE US // Mariafe Artacho del Solar 🏐✨
We reached out to our Beach Volleyball superstar and recent Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mariafe and asked her a few questions so you girls can get to know her better! Born in Lima, Peru, Mariafe moved to Sydney at age 11, finished high school in Sydney, then moved to Adelaide when she was 18 to train full time with the National Beach Volleyball Program. Mariafe then relocated to Brisbane with women’s National Program in July 2020, where she says she’ll be staying forever because she just loves livin' in sunny QLD! ☀️
Her unbelievable list of main achievements include:
🇧🇷🇯🇵 2x Olympian (Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020)
🥈Olympic Silver Medalist
🏅 World Tour 7x Gold, 2x Silver, 4x Bronze Medalist
🥉World Championships Bronze Medal 2019
🥈 Comm Games Silver Medal 2018
🏆 Asian Champions x2
🏆 U23 World Champion 2014
In the future, Mariafe has her eyes set on becoming a World Champion and Commonwealth Gold Medalist in 2022 and a Paris Olympics 2024 Gold Medalist all whilst continuing to grow, learn and be the best version of herself on and off the court and inspiring others to be the very best version of themselves.
GET TO KNOW MARIAFE
What was your favourite moment from the Tokyo Olympics?
My favourite moment would have to be winning an Olympic medal with my team! Standing on top of the podium was super special! A moment I’ll never forget.
What’s an important life lesson you’re grateful to have learned through sport?
That we are people first before we are athletes and to not let any results define me as a person. I am proud of who I am as a person first before who I am as a beach volleyball player.
What’s the most challenging part of being an elite athlete for you?
I think as I get older having to plan my life in four year cycles and not have the freedom to make life choices easily. For example starting a family. Also spending time away from home, I am such a family girl, I love being home and spending time with my family.
What’s your number 1 tip for staying positive, focused & dealing with setbacks?
I always try and find the positives in everything. There’s a lesson in every challenge or situation and I believe that everything happens for a reason. I make sure to stay true to myself and my values and my priority in life is to always be a good person first. I love learning, I love growing as a person, as an athlete and I always aim to be the best version of myself. Setbacks and challenges are important in order for us to grow and learn.
What do you love most about Beach Volleyball?
I love playing in a team and travelling the world playing beach volleyball. We get to experience different cultures, meet beautiful people and create beautiful friendships. And not to mention we are always chasing summer! ☀️
FUN FACTS ABOUT MARIAFE
What do you most enjoy doing outside of training/competing? 🏖️
I really enjoy relaxing, going to the beach, going out for dinner. I also love coaching school kids, I love seeing their progress, it’s so rewarding!
Fave pump up song? 🎶
I don’t know if I have one specifically but I just love songs that have a good beat and I can dance and sing along to.
Fave destination you’ve visited? 🗺️
Maldives and Paris.
Fave JOLYN piece you own? 👙
Fave quote you live by? ✨"Don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of your dreams!"
We couldn't be more proud to have this inspiring woman on team JOLYN. Don't forget to head to her insta @mariafe_beach1 to follow along her journey!