Transgender volleyball player Omaira Perdomo has received permission to play for women’s volleyball club CV Jav Olimpico Last Palmas. The 18-year old Canary Islands native was granted her license to play on November 22nd, and taken the number 22 in honor of the occasion. She is playing with the second team of Siete Palmas that plays in Spain’s Second Division.
Perdomo’s team won in her debut 3-0 over VC 7 Islas Vecindario
“I’m very happy to have made my debut, although I was nervous nervous during the game, I think I can contribute a lot more on the court, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” she said. “I am grateful for my entire family, from my mother to my uncles and cousins, as well as my friends, and all those people who have extended their hands to me throughout my life, there are many people who have helped me.”
Perdomo says that her dream is to play in the Spanish Superliga, which would make her the first trangender athlete to play at the top category of any Olympic sport in Spain.
“Whether or not I play in the Superliga will be decided by coach Alberto Rodriguez,” Perdomo said, referring to a call-up to the team’s top-division side. “If he’s listening to me, I would say ‘Alberto, call me,” she laughed. “I have to kill myself and show on the court that I deserve to be up there and, if it is not this season, it will be the next, because I will not give up until I get it.”
The club’s SuperLiga side played in, and won, their CEV Challenge Cup debut earlier this week with a 3-2 win over Belgium side Amigos-Van Pelt Zoersel.