Tall Order for Barcelona's Silvia

14 November 2003

Silvia Mesa may be the new girl on the block at UB Barcelona, but she already knows that if she is to succeed she has to respect her limitations.

At 2.06 metres Mesa is the tallest player in the history of Spanish women's basketball and admits she never fails to cause a stir when she steps into the street.

Elevator doors only go up to my nose and there is a stream of people who collide with lamp posts because they can't stop looking at me
Silvia Mesa
,” she told Marca.

“People expect a lot of me and I know I have something in my favour, but I have to know my limitations,” said the 25-year-old forward, who believes she still lacks experience at the top level after four years studying Physiotherapy in the US.

“This is a big change for me, basketball is harder here and it is taking me time to adapt, although I am still young and this is the time to do so.”

When Spaniard Mesa signed for Barcelona she knew she would be behind veteran Bosnian Razija Brcaninovic in the pecking order - but the chance to grow as a player attracted her.

“I knew what I was doing, I came here to learn and it is a big advantage to have her in the team. She is my reference point on the pitch,” said Mesa, who was also influenced by the chance of living in Barcelona.

“I know the city and my family live near, so I don't have to catch a plane every time I want to see them.”

As for the future, Mesa is setting her sights characteristically high.

“Winning the Olympic games wouldn't be bad. Our coach always tells us that we have to go for everything and not get downhearted if things don't work out.”

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