Handball player Isabel “Bella” Goldin’s little sister, 32, has suffered from cervical cancer, so the Swedish star leaves the Snakes after the season and moves home.
On Monday, it became clear that Isabel Golden Leaves Snakes After the season ends for personal reasons. On Tuesday morning, it became clear that she would be moving into the Swedish home of Scania and had signed with LUGI Club.
Posted a few hours later Aftonbladet Longer interview with Golden:
My sister Rebecca is sick, Goldin says.
Rebecca is Isabelle’s younger sister of two years, and she developed cervical cancer in early November.
– Aggressive and pervasive. It is tough. You don’t quite know how it goes. She has received good responses to her treatment so far. Hopefully it keeps going like this, but you never know. He is heavy. Handball means very little in such a situation, Goldin says.
From Kristiansand, where Vipers is located, and Lund’s home in Skåne where the sister lives, it only takes a nine-hour drive.
Goldin says it was hard being so far from her sister.
The club handled it very well, and I was able to come back to it whenever I wanted. Since we had some time off, I was able to come home a lot in December and during Christmas.
Vipers coach Ole Gustav Gjekstad knew Gulldén would not be joining for some time, but still thought he was boring.
– At the same time, we perfectly understand and appreciate the time we spent together. There are other things more important than handball. Gekstad tells VG he just wish her well, but she’ll be here for a few more months.
– How do you take care of her in this case?
The most important thing is to show an understanding of the situation. It just takes day by day. She’s incredibly good at focusing on fighting and training when she needs to, and then maybe her thoughts are elsewhere outside of that, he says.
Gulldén has been working as a foreign professional for eleven years now, joining Vipers last year. Now I felt it was time to go home – a year before the contract with the Champions League champions expired.
But first, the full-back will attempt to play the Snakes for the fifth consecutive league title in Norway’s elite series.
I actually played better after the message came out (in November), so once I’m here I try to make the most of it, says Gulldén.
– She’s a wise handball player. It’s boring, and no doubt we’d like to keep it. It’s part of handball, says Gekstad, where we have players on short-term contracts.
At LUGI, Gulldén has signed a three-year contract and will also serve as the club’s development director.