Camilla Gobo de Freitas
I had high expectations about the year of my study at the RIOU. They were all fulfilled. I was happy, especially with the study program, with my friends I met here at the RIOU, with all the networking I had. The level of the professors was amazing. We learned a lot from them.
Sochi city is such a special place. I have good memories about it, about the sea, the mountains, about people. That was really the moment of growing for me as a person and as a professional. The most exciting moment I have experienced here is my graduation and my diploma with honors at the RIOU – that was something of course I was pursuing but never knew that I was going to get it. I was surprised, happy and proud of work I could do here. Therefore, for me the moment of graduation was special.
In Brazil I work with Brazilian Snow Sports Federation from 2015. I have been there in charge of sports, and I am returning to them after my studies at the RIOU. I have been working with governance since 2016. All of the knowledge I got here in good governance and compliance, my thesis was about compliance, I am planning to use and to share them with my co-workers, because I believe they are very important for Brazilian sport to grow. I chose sports career because since my childhood I was in love with sports. I have been playing many different sports. I have never been a professional, but I have experienced different kinds of sport. So I chose sports for my graduation course in Brazil, and after I did the Masters’ and I worked as conditioning coach. I worked with athletes and then somehow I started thinking that it will be interesting to work on the other side and try to help organize and to plan the sports. I decided to change for the management.
When I saw the opportunity, I could not say ‘no.’ A lot of people were asking me – ‘You are going to Russia?’ I said – ‘Yes, Why not?’ Several friend of mine came to Russian for the World Cup last year and they were totally in love with the place, with people. I was always curious about how Russia operates. We do not have that much information in Brazil. I think we have many similarities between Brazilians and Russians. Russians are warm people. Of course at the beginning maybe not that much. However, after the second phrase or sentence everything is different. The humor Brazilians and Russian have is similar. So I feel at home here.