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05/05/2020 15:00
Swiss Beach Volleyball player Dunja Gerson announces retirement
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Bern, Switzerland, May 5, 2020. Swiss Beach Volleyball player Dunja Gerson has announced her retirement from competitive sport at the age of 24 only. Her partner Laura Caluori has now teamed up with another young, talented player, Anna Lutz.

Dunja Gerson, the youngest in a family of Volleyball players including her brother Mirco, has had a successful Volleyball and Beach Volleyball career in age-group competitions as well as at the senior level. After spending many years competing on the national and international stage, she has decided to end her competitive career.

Dunja has played alongside Laura Caluori since 2018. Their greatest joint successes were the bronze medal at the World Tour 2-Star tournament in Aydin in May 2019 (see picture) as well as podium finishes in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Swiss Coop Beachtour. Dunja Gerson takes with her many lessons learned during her career as a professional player: “For me, the years spent with the national team have been very instructive, I have been fortunate to spend my time with so many good coaches and good teammates. I have also learned that it is up to me to act if I want to achieve my goals - and that is exactly what I am doing in my private life. I am looking forward to everything that awaits me now.”

Laura Caluori will now have to adjust to her new partner Anna Lutz and will play with her until the fall of 2021, i.e. before the start of the next Olympic cycle. Caluori is happy to have found a suitable defensive player so quickly: “I look forward to this new challenge and this new role. I firmly believe that Anna and I will take the right path.”

Anna Lutz, a member of the national junior Beach Volleyball team, received the distinction for “Youngster of the year” in 2019. The 20-year-old, 1.73 m defender secured her first international top-10 finish in the summer of 2019 at the World Tour 1-star tournament in Budapest. Her long-time trainer Dori Hebeisen is proud: “Anna knew very early on that Beach Volleyball was her passion, which is why I am all the more happy that she has managed to establish herself in Bern.”

Swiss Volley are working intensively to help young talents make a smooth transition to the international Beach Volleyball and Volleyball scene. Opportunities sometimes arise unexpectedly - prompting all junior athletes to work intensively and be ready at any time if an opportunity arises. For Anna Lutz, such a door has just opened.

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