United through Football: Team Peru
In celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we asked some of our community ambassadors to talk to us about their national teams. Mariafe Artacho del Solar’s love of beach volleyball began when she was living in Peru. When she moved to Australia at the age of 11, her love of the sport continued to grow. She has since represented Australia in a number of international competitions, including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal. Hear how Mariafe felt when Peru qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 36 years!
What is your role in the community?
I love to inspire others. Giving back to the community for me is important, i like to lead by example on and off the court and be a role model for the young generation as well as people in general.
What does the FIFA World Cup mean to Peruvians?
It means everything! I think it has brought the whole country together which is what Peru needed. It’s great to see they’re getting behind the team and enjoying the ride with them.
How did you feel when Peru qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
I was really happy for them. 36 years is a long time, so it was very special.
How passionate are Peruvian football fans?
So so passionate! It’s a religion in Peru. Everyone plays futbol on the streets, they love it!
Who is your favourite Peruvian player and why?
I don’t really have one in particular haha I only remember Farfán from when I was younger. They’re all new players.
If there was only one destination in Peru to visit, what would it be and why?
You can’t really pick one. Peru is very unique as it has a Coast, the Andes and also the jungle. It’s food is to die for and there’s lots of beautiful places to visit.
Vegemite is the food Australians love. What is Peru’s “Vegemite”?
Ahhhh! Manjar blanco maybe? So many different types of delicious treats both sweet and savoury that i wouldn’t be able to pick one.
What do you love most about Australia?
I love Australia! Everything about it. It’s culture, it’s freedom, people respect each other, it’s a beautiful country.
Who’s your tip to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
Oooh! I don’t know! Portugal? Haha I have no idea!