RYDF Athlete Carla Munoz is fresh off her Gold Medal performance at the 2016 National Intercollegiate Championships in Tempe, AZ. We decided to take this time to get to know a bit more about Carla on and off the court.
How did you get started playing racquetball? I started because of my dad, he used to play with friends and one day he signed up for a local tournament and he asked me to go with him, I always did a lot of different physical activities so I was really interested on what racquetball was. The same day I got inside of the court and I completely loved everything about it. After that day, my dad would take me to play and train twice a week and since then racquetball is my passion and my favorite thing to do by far.
When and why did you come to CA? After I had the opportunity to represent my country in Pan-American Games in 2011 I realize that I really wanted to become a professional player, however, I knew that I would need to move to USA because racquetball isn't a big competitive sport in my country. I spent two years coming for short periods of time until 2014 when I decided to settle in the bay area to continue my education and to be able to travel to more tournaments.
Now that you won the US National Intercollegiate Championships what is next on your list of racquetball goals to accomplish? My next goal is to get the top 10 LPRT ranking, and I'm also working hard to get a medal representing my country (Chile) in international competition, which is my biggest motivation.
Where do you go to school and what is your major? Estimated Graduation Date? I'm currently going to Las Positas College in Livermore, CA and my major is Business Administration. I'm planning on transferring next semester to the university to achieve my bachelors and become an accountant in two years.
What do you want to do after you graduate? At first I would like to dedicate some time only to train and play racquetball because being a full time athlete and full time student isn't that easy, and time to rest is very limited. After that I would like to have a job that allows me to play and train. On the future I would like to go back to Chile and develop racquetball and grow it especially among children. I would love to own a racquetball club where I can apply all that I learn at school, and teach people how to play racquetball.
I heard that you currently have an internship. Where do you intern at and what do you do there? I'm doing an internship at a company that gives services of interpretation and translation to workers who get injured at work and have to deal with health insurances, and don't speak enough English. My duties are mainly filing, scanning, and accounting work. Even though it hasn't been easy, I'm learning a lot about accounting practices and also how to manage my time.
Do you have a coach and if so whom? Yes, Pablo Fajre
Who are your sponsors? Gearbox racquetball, Reaching Your Dream Foundation, Comite olimpico de Chile, and Insituto Nacional del Deporte.
How has the Reaching Your Dream Foundation had an impact on your racquetball career? The foundation is helping me to achieve my dreams, because without their help I wouldn't be able to play many tournaments. They also help to become a better athlete in and off the court, teaching me ways promote myself better.
What does a weekly practice/training session look like? I train 6 days a weeks. The racquetball training consist on 3 days of playing and 3 days of court drilling where I practice things as rally situations, serves, return serves, and other. I also do a physical training session every day, where I mainly train strength, endurance, speed, agility and coordination.
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What do you like to do when you're not playing racquetball/going to school or working? In my free time I like to be outside and as long as there is nature around I'm happy. I love going to the lake, to the beach, or to parks.
If you could go to dinner with three people alive or deceased, who would they be? Elvis Presley, Anybody from my family, and my boyfriend
What does your perfect day look like? My perfect day would start with some racquetball games, then some sushi for lunch, and then spend all afternoon at the beach with my family and boyfriend playing games or just enjoying the company.
If you could have any super power what would it be? I would like to be The Flash, I think that's the coolest super power ever.