This week we are excited to introduce you to Mary Joy Baron. Majoy is a professional volleyball player who is currently playing for the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers.
Majoy also makes up part of the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball Team but is taking a very well earned break at this moment in time while we wait for sports to resume.
She is a keen all round sportswoman, model who loves to cook in her spare time, often sharing her delicious recipes on her Insta page with her followers.
Hey Majoy, welcome to Sportside! We’re absolutely delighted to be working with you and can’t wait to see what the future brings. How are you?
I’m doing alright. I am just keeping in shape and waiting for positive news regarding the resume of volleyball here in the Philippines.
You are based in the Philippines and are a start volleyball player. How long have you been playing volleyball?
I’ve been playing volleyball for 9 years now. I started playing in middle school when I was 15 years old.
What was it that attracted you to volleyball in the first place?
At first, I intended to be a basketball player because of my height but fate brought me to volleyball when I went to the gym and they were only holding try-outs for the volleyball team.
Amazing, and in that time, you have competed for some big clubs and for the Philippines national team. Are you able to tell us about any career highlights you have had so far?
First of all, my proudest moment is really representing my country. In the ASEAN Grand Prix 2019, I was awarded Best Middle Blocker and it was really an achievement. Other things I hold things to my heart are the multiple championships I have won with the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers which is my current team. Locally, my biggest achievement would be winning the MVP award in the PSL Invitationals 2019.
You have been part of some great teams and won three championships with the De La Salle Lady Spikers from 2016 – 2018. What do you think made that team so successful?
I believe the decades long system of De La Salle’s volleyball program headed by Coach Ramil De Jesus. The system of supporting and developing of players. A system that highlights hard work and perseverance.
You have also been hugely successful in your time with F2 Logistics Cargo Movers. Can you tell us more about your time there?
I love my current team F2 Logistics Cargo Movers family from the coaching staff, teammates and management because they show us unrivalled support, care and love. I believe the success of our current team is anchored by my teammates having the same hunger and drive for improvement and excellence.
This year you were also awarded the prize for most valuable player and best middle blocker in the Superliga Invitational Conference. What do you think changed this year that made you reach those new heights?
It all comes down to having discipline and a focus to improve everyday. Also, my exposure to International tournaments helped me improved my game. Having to see a much higher level of play.
You have also been given the honour of being named the PSL ambassador 2020 following Rachel Anne Daquis. How did you feel when you were awarded this?
I felt very honoured to receive such responsibility in promoting volleyball in the Philippines.
Do you have any plans for what you would like to do as part of the role?
We don’t have any plans due to the Global Crisis. But we have been doing pocket activities where we engage with people through our social media channels, raising funds and awareness towards the current crisis.