On the banks of Río Chubuton provincial route No. 12, stands a rural village inhabited by 44 personas, 18 little houses, a school attended by six students, a primary care center and a police station. From there, on the hills of Cerro Cóndor, Valeria Currumil pushes his dream of being a footballer.
“I was born and raised here. I left twice: once to do secondary school and the other to study for my degree. But I came back because I love my community. I can’t imagine anywhere else,” he tells TN is nurse 40 years old at the beginning of a talk that will be interrupted several times. “Here we depend on a generator and there is discontinuity of electricity. I only have a WiFi signal and it’s not very good”, she apologizes and, at the same time, paints a portrait of this little corner of the Patagonian steppe, her place in the world.
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Valeria plays left back in Atlas of Trelew, which competes in the Valley League. He travels 500 kilometers for his club’s home games, and the distances can be extended to 800 kilometers in away games. Sometimes he walks them round trip on the same day.
“I take my franks in the primary care center to travel and play. I work with a colleague and she usually changes some guards for me so that I can join the team”, she details.
Life and football in a rural village: “Here I played alone or with older men”
The long journeys on gravel roads are part of Valeria’s daily life. “It is an obstacle. but with time you will get used to it, summarizes. His son, Ezequías, is 13 years old and is also far away: he attends high school at an agrotechnical school and lives in a student residence in Trevelin.
“I also travel to see it. I miss him a lot and I would like to have him here with me, but I am not going to prevent him from forming and fulfilling his dream, because no one stopped me”dice.
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When she was 11 years old, Valeria moved to Esquel alone to be able to go to high school. She lived with 33 classmates in a shelter and there, she says, she fell in love with soccer forever. “On weekends they let us play and for me it was incredible. Imagine that, here in Cerro Cóndor, I played alone or with older men”describe.
At that time, Valeria also learned about sacrifices, distances and reunions. “At first I was afraid. She was a girl and at that time I had no way of communicating with my mother, who was also my only financial support”, she recalls. And he continues: “She worked as a cook at School No. 31, the only one in Cerro Cóndor, and she couldn’t help me much either.”
Soccer player and nurse, two dreams marked by the same obstacles
In 2001, Valeria left for Commodore Rivadavia to start the Nursing career. After one year of study, he had to interrupt his studies: due to the crisis he could not continue paying for them and returned to Cerro Cóndor.
He did not lower his arms. Four years later she began to work as a health agent in the village, then she did a Technician in Community Health and later studied Nursing in Bariloche and El Bolson. in february this year received a bachelor’s degree and to the fulfilled objective he added a special satisfaction: on his way to his professional course, Valeria had overcome the same distances and the same obstacles as in her dream of being a soccer player.
“Today I have a job that allows me to train and play. Football involves expenses: have adequate clothing, adequate footwear and not to mention travel”, precise. And she continues: “At the club we don’t have our own mobility and we would love to have that. It’s hard, because each player must arrange the trips on her own. And if I can’t travel, neither can some of my colleagues. the ones I have in the car.”
60 kilometers from the village, between Trelew and Esquel, the town of Indian Pass It was shaping Valeria’s illusion: in 2016, she was called up to play for the town club. She there she began to perfect the training and met the preseason.
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Last year, Atlas was admitted to the women’s tournament of the Liga del Valle and the club summoned soccer players from Deportivo Paso de Indios. Valeria met again with the coach -Patricio Ñanculeo- who had taken her to the town club, and the Journal Day, from Trelew, revealed his story: “In the first tournament we reached the semifinals. Now we are playing the Gold Cup and we are well positioned, with chances to fight for the championship”.
Patricia, fan of Boca and admirer of Carlos TevezHe says he is living a dream. And every day, with the assistance of Eduardo -her husband of hers- she happily runs through the hills of Cerro Cóndor to comply with the training that her participation as a federated soccer player demands. “I even made my own weights with cans of paint and cement”, she says proudly, and she dreams again.