Since I signed an FA contract, I wonder if I can play until the age of 45.” (Jung Dae-young) “I don’t
think I will last as long as my mother.” (Kim Bo-min)
Jung Dae-young (42, GS Caltex) plays women’s volleyball ‘living history’. Joining Hyundai E&C in 1999, even before the V-League was launched, he has continued his career as a player for 24 years, both on the unemployment stage and as a professional player.스포츠토토
In his heyday, Jeong Dae-young was an ‘all-round player’ who excelled in offense and defense. Although he was in the middle blocker position, he not only scored points, but also dominated the blocking and receiving categories, and bombarded the league as a ‘center capable of back attack’. He was the ‘top player’ of women’s volleyball before Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance).
His ‘2 years old’ also started playing volleyball. Kim Bo-min (13), a freshman at Jecheon Girls’ Middle School. Possibly resembling his mother’s DNA, Kim Bo-min, who boasts a height of 175 cm and is taller than his peers, has established himself as a key player in the team after two years of formal introduction to volleyball.
The mother and daughter Jung Dae-young and Kim Bo-min, who recently met with News 1, were no different from other mothers and daughters. Even though she was impressed by her mother’s game, she said that she would not be able to play as long as her mother, and that her mother was a great athlete, her adolescent daughter referred to Kim Yeon-kyung as her ‘role model’. Her mother looked at such a daughter as infinitely cute.
To Jung Dae-young, his daughter is more precious than anyone else. Even at the time of her daughter’s birth in 2010, marriage and childbirth meant her retirement soon. It was a time when female players could retire in their late 20s at the earliest, or in their mid-30s at the longest.
It was Jeong Dae-young who broke this conventional wisdom. Even after giving birth to his daughter, he quickly returned to the team and is still active as the best middle blocker in the league more than 10 years after giving birth. Afterwards, there were not a few players who continued their careers after giving birth, such as Kim Hae-ran (Heungkuk Life Insurance).
Jeong Dae-young said, “Actually, I thought I should retire in my mid-20s, but with the launch of the V-League, that time was delayed.” It’s a waste,” he said, saying let’s do it for a few more years. That’s why we’ve come this far.”
Kim Bo-min only started playing volleyball in the 6th grade of elementary school, somewhat later than her peers. It was a year earlier than his mother, Jeong Dae-young’s (middle 1), but somewhat later than other peers.
Jeong Dae-young explained, “I started late, so I thought that my daughter didn’t have to do it too soon.”
Still, Kim Bo-min, who inherited her mother’s DNA, is growing fast. Jeong Dae-young said, “There are many friends and juniors among the coaches, but they all evaluate that they have a volleyball sense.”
Even at the age of 42, she is still a mother. She is a daughter who is growing rapidly at the junior high school level. Some even joke that ‘Jung Dae-young and his daughter’ are playing together in the V-League.
Jeong Dae-young said, “It’s not that I haven’t thought about it,” but also said, “When Bo-min debuts, it won’t be easy because I look at my age at 50. After retirement, it might be possible to be on the same team as a leader.”
True to her words, Jung Dae-young has dreams of becoming a leader after retiring from active duty. Specifically, she says, she aims to coach young athletes in middle and high school.
Jeong Dae-young said, “It seems that there are many cases where the basics are neglected as the attack is emphasized more and more these days.” “he said.
It is also the time when the daughter, who is the first in middle school, is entering ‘puberty’ for a long time. She chose the path of a volleyball player and did not stand out while living in a group, but Kim Bo-min also felt her emotional ups and downs at times, she said.
He said, “There are times when it feels very difficult,” but “I still have a dream in volleyball and it is the path I chose, so I want to do well.”
One of the ‘secrets’ of Dae-Young Jeong getting along well with her juniors of over 20 years was also the existence of her daughter.
He said, “In a way, they are friends who don’t have much of an age gap with my daughter,” he said.
Jeong Dae-young, who has been running for a long time and far, is now facing the twilight of his career as a player. He said, “Since I signed a new contract with GS Caltex, I think I can play until the age of 45.”
Her daughter also respects and thinks of such a mother. “It’s still a long way off, but I don’t think I’ll be able to play until I’m over 40,” he said. “I think her mother is doing things that are easier said than done.”
However, the person Kim Bo-min chose as her role model was not her mother, but Kim Yeon-kyung, the ‘Volleyball Empress’. “I’m good at both offense and defense, and the way I play is cool,” he said.
Although she may be sad inside, her mother understood even that. Jung Dae-young laughed, saying, “Her daughter is hoping for an outside heater position, so she likes the best player in the same position.”