Athlete Info


The meaning of life is to find your greatest passion that gives you purpose and makes you happy. I found mine very early and it was Basketball. I believe that I can achieve everything that I want with a lot of hard work, dedication and a bit of madness. I sacrificed a lot for basketball, but I would do it over and over again if I have to because basketball makes me feel alive. I am also an excellent student because I work as hard as I do on the court. I love learning because it broadens my horizons and it challenges me intellectually.


Sport Basketball
Team/Club BC Slavia and Bulgarian National Teams
Position/Discipline Small Forward

Top Athletic Achievements

U16 and U18 Bulgarian National Team Captain

Multiple National Champion

Competitions & Tournaments


Winner - Tournament “Young stars”


International Tournament “Vanya Voynova” 2nd place

National Team Tournament in Kosovo

National Team Tournament “Balkanic Next Star Cup”

International Tournament in Italy


National Champions U16

Bulgaria Cup U16 - Winner

Women Cup 1st place

European Championship U16 - Captain of the National Team


WABA league

International Tournament “Vanya Voynova” 2nd place

Bulgarian Women League 3rd place


European Championship U18 - Captain of the National Team


National Champions U19

Other Athletic Info

Individual awards:

2015 - MVP

2017 - U16 National Championships - Best rebounder


GPA 4.0
SAT 1220
High SchoolInternational School “Uwekind”

Other Achievements

IELTS: 7.5

International Baccalaureate certificates:

Environmental systems and societies

Bulgarian, Language and Literature High level

German Language Standard level

English Language High level

Math Standard level


What makes you different

Everyone is different somehow, I think that the question here is what makes you better than everybody else. The answer is simple – energy. My coach always says that I am like a giant ball full of positive energy on and off the court. This helps me a lot in my everyday life, but it also helps my teammates and improves the atmosphere in the team.

Why do you want to compete in college?

I am always aiming high and I want to be the best, therefore I want to compete at the highest level. In my opinion this will happen in college. Also, I want to continue my education because it is important for my future. The balance between professional sports and education is almost impossible in Europe, that is why I want to go to college in the USA.

College goals

I have been an excellent student and player my whole life, so I plan to keep things this way. I am very ambitious, so I will also try to be better, in order to grow.

Basketball and life Goals?

My main goal is to be happy. I have understood so far that doing what makes you smile should be your number one priority. I also want to be the best at what I am doing. I have always dreamed to play on the highest level in WNBA and in the Euro League women. I believe that I am capable enough to achieve my dreams and I will do whatever it takes.

My other dream after the end of my basketball career is related to the environment. I want to contribute to finding solutions to the global environmental issues.

Anything else we should know?

My other passion besides basketball is writing. I enjoy writing poetry, articles, stories and I hope one day to write a novel.

I also love music and cooking.

Besides that, I love to travel and explore new cultures, I have been part in two Erasmus + youth programs. I was also part of an UN model in 2018.


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