11 Raffaella MASCIADRI (Italy)
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Masciadri makes a dream come true with election to Italian Olympic Committee

SCHIO – Italian veteran star Raffaella Masciadri hasn’t hung up her playing shoes just yet, but is already finding her potential future career path after being elected to the Italian Olympic Committee.

The Beretta Famila Schio wing fought off competition from fellow athletes from a range of different sports, to join the National Council of CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) until 2020.

"Being a member of CONI is one of the most exciting things that has happened in my life," said Masciadri, who has played for her country 174 times and has made more appearances in the Italian League than any other player.

"It was one of my dreams, but of course I didn't expect it could have been made a reality so soon.

"I decided to make myself a candidate, because I would like to bring the experience I have gained on the court, but also off the court too. I want to promote Italian sport everywhere and help athletes to give their best during their respective sporting careers.

"But this is not only about promoting and helping athletes during their sporting careers, but also preparing them for their life after sport.

"I am promoting ‘the dual career’ concept - like how FIBA are helping me through their exciting ‘TIMEOUT’ program."

She continued: "Athletes should study while they’re playing and be ready for a real job, because sport is not forever.

"Being the most voted candidate in the election was unexpected, because some other candidates participated in the Olympics and won gold medals.

"So, I was probably the least famous person, but still won and this means people know my abilities and my determination in reaching my goals.

"I feel grateful to basketball and to sport in general, because it has given me so much as a player and as a person. I will now do my best to give something back and, even if it's a big responsibility, I'll try to help take Italian sport to a higher level," concluded Masciadri.

The 36-year-old is expected to play for Italy at FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 in the Czech Republic during June.