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From March 29 to April 4 comes the second edition of Easter Camp of BIWPA in the CAR of Sant Cugat. Only a few spots remain available for one of the best campus modernization International water polo, so if you have not signed up,  do it soon!

As with all our campus, participants will double daily training session and enjoy various master classes led by professionals. This year also our Easter Camp CAR has a special for goalies, led by Dani Lopez Pinedo, and a workshop for coaches basic technique for goalkeepers by Ferran Plana.

Also we will be lucky to inaugurate the campus with a presentation by Pedro Garcia Aguado ‘Toto’, world champion and gold medal in Atlanta ’96, who will speak about values ​​in sport entitled «Journey of Learning».

As always, the Water Polo Camp Easter has some of the most qualified technicians in our country, which transmit our training methodology for participants to improve their water polo level.

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Xavi Balaguer: It takes an entire linked to swimming pools, mainly in the CN Sabadell where he coached the senior team of girls between 2003 and 2007, life was then in charge of the technical direction and the men’s team. His proven experience makes the technical direction of BIWPA campus is in good hands.

Yuri Colet: Formed as a coach in the ranks of CN Sant Andreu, where he became the second in command of André Avallone female absolute angle. For a year he led the team all female Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia and now has started a project in Majorcan land in Soller Gymnàpolis Water Polo Club as technical director and entrenador. Named coach of child Balear team will participate in the mixed championship child Spain.

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Dani Gomez: Current technical coordinator and coach categories of CN Ruby with extensive experience in this position. He also worked in the Catalan Swimming Federation as part of the technical staff as coach of the men’s group at the center of modernization Joaquin Blume.

Christian Fernández: Physiotherapist and Osteopath established reputation. His career has always been linked to sport and its relationship with the Spanish waterpolo is a good proof. Served on the staff of Spanish women’s water polo Olympic team silver medalist who proclaimed in past Olympic games in London in 2012. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

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Dani Lopez Pinedo: Named best goalkeeper in the last edition of the Final Six, last year was proclaimed, with his team Atlétic Barceloneta European Champion and has won every title possible nationwide. It was part of the Spanish Olympic team at the 2012 London Olympics past in addition to defending the Spanish goal in multiple competitions, highlighting the silver in Rome 2009.

Ana Copado: One of our regular collaborators, was Olympic silver medalist in the last Olympic Games in London 2012 with the Spanish selection. He has represented Spain in various competitions of the highest international level. He began his career in the CN Ruby and after playing on different teams honor division, currently defending the goal of Terrassa Swimming Club.

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Anni Espar: Our beloved ambassador needs no introduction. Anni is world champion and Olympic silver medalist Europe. and three-time European champion with his current club CN Sabadell. Also in 2012 was named best European player of the LEN, and was chosen for seven of honor at the London Olympics 2012.

Jaume Teixidó: Although he left the competition as waterpolo player CN Catalunya at age 19, has been refereeing games since 22. Today is one of the best Spanish referees. It is international referee since 2008/09, in this short period of time has arbitrated several final among which the World Female League in 2013 and Beijing last European Championship in Budapest refereed the match for the bronze medal women.

Bret Lathorpe: This American player has been part of the US team in junior and university selection. It was part of the water polo team at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), last season’s NCAA has served as Assistant coach for UC Davis, and currently plays in the Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia.

From 5 to April 11 BIWPA will be in Sóller (Mallorca) providing a water polo campus with the collaboration of the Balearic Swimming Federation and the City Council of Sóller. With the help of both entities, the promising young water polo born between 1998 and 2003 can train two daily sessions based on the model developed by BIWPA modernization.

This is the first time a campus of this magnitude in the Balearic Islands and therefore BIWPA take their highly skilled technicians to attest to the importance of this campus is performed. In addition to the double sessions and afternoon training Tomorrow the kids will enjoy training sessions related to individual technique that allows them to continue growing in water polo. Under unbeatable waterworks of Sóller, will be the perfect setting for this sport.

As usual, everything the sportsman needs will be provided by BIWPA, including the sports equipment. The technicians in charge of the campus are the most qualified and they credited their experience and training in the field.

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Yuri Colet: This young Catalan carries water polo in the blood. Trained as a coach in the ranks of the CN Sant Andreu, where he became the second in command of the senior women’s squad. For a year he led the sports structure of Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia and now has started a project in Majorcan land in Soller Gymnàpolis Water Polo Club as technical director and coach.

Itziar Antón: It was one of the great promises of Madrid waterpolo. He began his career in AR Concepción then turn in Ondarreta, Dos Hermanas, CN Ciutat and the finally she played in  La Latina. She’s been playing a lot of games with the Spanish junior National Team. He has combined his life in the world of sports to academic education, specifically in Psychology So it provides the tools to teach future promises the best of the sport guarantees.

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Christian Fernández: Physiotherapist and Osteopath established reputation. His career has always been linked to sport and its relationship with the Spanish waterpolo is a good proof, he was in the Staff of the Spanish National Team when they won silver at London 2012. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

Joan Colomer: It has turned sports training new talent waterpolo. He has participated in other projects such as High Performance coach at the Center for Modernization of the FCN, internal Blume (1999-2005) as part of the technical team of the Spanish National team; and now we are lucky to have him in the BIWPA. He is also a coach at the lower levels of an historic Catalan waterpolo such as Poble Nou who currently plays in Division de Honor.

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Blanca Gil: Has played with the Spanish team on numerous occasions, being named best player in the world in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He has played in teams Swimming Club Ciutat, CE Mediterrani and Sabadell, besides the ASD Roma, Olympiacos and Catania.

Poli Baños: this majorcan combines his vocation nurse with her activity as a referee in the National Waterpolo League refereeing in the Division of Honor. She’s now also refeering the junior international competitions.

Bret Lathorpe: This American player has been part of the US team in junior categories and the second senior team. It was part of the water polo team at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), and work as an assistant coach for UC Davis, and currently plays in the Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia.

By Emma Briones

Jan Vernet (23/08/2000), is a young water polo player from CN Poblenou that, like other young players worldwide, has participated in BIWPA programs. Jan is so passionate about water polo that talking to him is facing a water polo encyclopedia in a 14yo boy. But there’s more,  Jan combines water polo with his studies in the IEA Oriol Martorell, one of the few Spanish schools in which students divide their time between compulsory education and learning an artistic discipline – the music in his case- at the highest level.

I started playing polo when I was five. At first, it was football and waterpolo, but football bored me too much. I saw that in waterpolo there’s more gameplay, and that was what captivated me and took me to continue with all the enthusiasm in the world.

And you also did music.

I started music at the Music School of Sant Andreu, wanted to percussion, but no spaces. And finally I ended up playing the euphonium. Then in third grade I entered the CEPSA Oriol Martorell, but I was lucky. It is the only school in Catalonia that combines music and dance, and allows you to combine it well.

Decided to devote more time to the music.

It was unconsciously. I was little, and at that time, although we had very good coaches, we did not require much in water polo.

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And if you had to decide now, music or water polo?

When I started and I began to know everyone water polo, it was like finding paradise. And then I discovered that there was a CAR, and my jaw dropped. Since then, my challenge is to get the highest quality and technique in all respects, to reach the elite water polo. Not only the division of honor, but also play the Champions League. Play a selection is my dream.

If you were offered a scholarship to be in the CAR, then you would not mind changing institute.

Not at all. Even if you were lucky you could even combine it with music. But if no luck, my goal is and will be the sport, especially water polo.

Then when you finish school, what’s next?

I’d do anything related to sports, journalism and psychology, I love sports psychology.

Why?

I think it’s very important because it helps to understand the sport. I had a problem because I did not like the instrument, and I paid obsessing over the waterpolo. Just then,  the Catalan team called me. But I pushed myself so much that I screwed up. That helped me learn even more water polo.

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How did you managed it?

For starters, I changed my instrument. Now I play the trumpet, which I love because it is an instrument that feel all colors of music, it helped me relax. Also, I noticed Felipe Perrone, who is very calm and always plays with his head.

Would you like them to call you again?

I would love to. At that time I could not take the call, also had players who outweighed me. Now I would like to give me another chance to learn more, I have a more open mind and I could adapt better to the game.

You talked about Felipe Perrone, what other players call your attention?

I do not have favorites, but I try to learn from the best of each player. Right now I’ve noticed a lot in Miguel Gasulla (1996), a new player in the water polo’s elite. Also Svilen Piralkov, which was a beast of a player. I also fixed in Varga brothers, Pietro Figlioli … I could tell you a lot.

You are an encyclopedia of water polo.
I try to have the best knowledge of water polo, because I love. Whether at home or on the bus, when I have some free time after homework, my head is in the water polo.

That’s why you end up in BIWPA campus.

It’s pretty cool. From early in the morning, you see the videos and then apply it in the water … It’s a very important job that I love. The coaches are amazing (Joan Colomer, Xavi Balaguer, Yuri Colet …) have much experience and technique, and taught me a lot. In addition, BIWPA invites referees, players, sports psychologists … You learn everything because it is very complete.

Two training sessions a day …

If you like water polo, you have to sacrifice, and if you have the opportunity to participate in a campus so you have to maximize. If you sacrifice a lot, water polo will give you back.

By Xabi Gómez.

The next April, days 7,8 and 9 will mark the first time in Euskadi waterpolo campuses thanks to the collaboration of BIWPA and the Basque Swimming Federation. During those days players will have double training session to deepen or improve the knowledge already acquired through our coaches Xavi BIWPA Balaguer, Joan Albella and timely collaboration of Luis Reigadas. In addition, the clinic will attend a national referee to guide young people in the rules and facilitate their understanding. Also be noted that during two days the players on the advice of the physiotherapist Nerea Gomez to learn how to perform pre- and post-exercise stretching in water.

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Xavi Balaguer: It takes an entire linked to swimming pools, mainly in the CN Sabadell where he coached the senior team of girls between 2003 and 2007 and was subsequently set by the male life. His proven experience makes the technical direction of BIWPA campus is in good hands.

Joan Albella: forged as a player in the quarry of CN Olot, soon went to the bench after his retirement. After a period in the quarry of the Club, received the offer of Askartza Waterpolo where for five seasons is the Technical Director and also coach of Euskal Herria.

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Luis Reigadas: The current coach of Maristak, Basque club that competes in Euskal Herria leagues and a connoisseur of waterpolo in Bizkaia. Their work will be complemented by Balaguer address and Albella.

Nerea Gomez: Graduated in Physiotherapy and Master Posturology Ramón Llull University of Barcelona. His family is linked to the sport for years. His brother is water polo player and his father on a regular calls for the Spanish team in the medical device. Its function will be oriented to the postural education and primary education stretches a water polo player must perform.

As it is established, the technical team will be part BIWPA on the campus of Leioa has considerable experience in the field will undoubtedly help young players in their progression through training of technical improvement of BIWPA. All technical luxury box is wishing that date arrives for the campus.

By Xabi Gómez.

This weekend was  the XXIX edition of the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) in the beautiful facilities of CN Barcelona. How could it be otherwise, BIWPA has been present in parties and among others in BIWPA, were able to watch the games the Dutch teams that have participated in training of modernization of BIWPA.

The draw for the Copa del Rey left the following matches for quarterfinals: Atlètic-Barceloneta Vs CE Mediterrani with a clear victory by Chus Martin; CN Sabadell Vs Terrassa which ended with the victory of the latter before a seasoned Sabadell always led by Chava Gómez, who testified that despite having more limited than their neighbors, always try to give the best resources.

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CN Mataró Vs Poblenou left us several readings, one of which is undoubtedly the good work of Mataró coach, Bob Fernandez I take the premiere of his rivals for the first time ever in a quote from this level. But surely the party of choice for these quarterfinals was the great match we left Barcelona hosted the CN and the Real Canoe. A hotly contested clash that ended in penalties and served for Toni Esteller be classified for the next round to the delight of the home crowd, he had in his young goalkeeper Star game.

The semifinals also left large parties. On the one hand the anticipated final between Terrace and Barceloneta. A disputed crash that ended with the victory of the sailors by a tight 8-6. On the other hand, the other ‘semi’ between CN Mataro and Barcelona was also a nice game to be concluded, not without controversy that if, with a tight 9-7. For both teams, highlight the French Medhi Marzouki and Brazilian Oneto Gomes, author of three goals each.

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The end was decanted advance. The Atlètic-Barceloneta was much higher than your opponent and win was 11-5. Thus, the sailor club wins his third consecutive Cup title and enlarges further his legend on the national scene.

Perhaps one of the best readings leaving us this Copa del Rey 2015 is the good reception of the public who has had, and is to do this type of event in Barcelona is synonymous with success. The organizers of the CNB made public at all times were hooked to the show.

By Xabi Gómez

From March 29 to April 4th,  all goalies have a calendar appointment marked as Dani Pinedo impart a specific campus for this position. It will be the first time in history that this type of training is done and will take place in the great facilities of the CAR of Sant Cugat.

Dani Pinedo hardly needs an introduction, but for those who do not know is one of the best goalkeepers has defended the Spanish goal. International on numerous occasions, has won all possible titles nationally and last year was proclaimed, with his team Atlétic Barceloneta European Champions.

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During the days mentioned, the porters who go will finally have the full attention of the world in their exercises and is, as Pinedo said in his interview to BIWPA «in Spain they don’t coach well goalkeepers» because the coaches often can not reach everything and have to be aware of the players. So this time if yes, the porters will have all within your reach with exercises designed just for you.

A campus that BIWPA opens in Spain and that you can not miss!. Double daily training session, accompanied by theoretical sessions where young goalkeepers may enjoy the company of other archers everything that goes with being a goalkeeper.

You know, from March 29 to April 4, Dani Pinedo and BIWPA only for goalkeepers!

For more information about the campus click on the image.

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Por Xabi Gómez

La International Swimmining Hall of Fame, ISHOF por sus siglas en inglés y con sede en Florida (Estados Unidos) , tiene como objetivo promocionar los hábitos saludables de los deportes acuáticos. Entre otras iniciativas, tiene una en concreto que llama poderosamente la atención: el ‘Hall of Fame’ o salón de la fama.

55 jugadores internacionales de todos los tiempos que grabaron a fuego sus nombres en este salón de los recuerdos. En las próximas ediciones de esta sección, iremos desgranando los nombres e historias de estos jugadores, todos ellos, con una vida detrás con sus victorias y derrotas.

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Hay dos españoles que tienen el privilegio de estar entre los más grandes: Manel Estiarte y Jesús Rollán. Para el público castellano, es un tanto desconocido que ambos jugadores hayan sido reconocidos por esta prestigiosa institución.

Personalmente no podía menos que estrenar esta sección con Jesús Rollán por diferentes motivos, entre ellos su trágico final y la frágil memoria del ser humano. Sirvan estas modestas líneas para que los más jóvenes nunca olviden que el waterpolo español estuvo a lo largo de dos décadas defendido por uno de los mejores –sino el mejor- porteros de la historia, Jesús Rollán.

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‘El Guardián de la Piscina’

Jesús Rollán nació el 4 de abril de 1968 en Madrid. A los pocos años de su niñez ya se decidió por la piscina tras una lesión en la rodilla. Fue en sus inicios cuando dio con Mariano García, un entrenador de la ‘vieja escuela’ que fue uno de los promotores de una de las generaciones más brillantes que ha dado el waterpolo madrileño.

Caracterizados por su desparpajo en el agua, ‘Chava’, ‘Toto’, ‘Miki’… pronto se hicieron hueco en el panorama nacional. Al cumplir los 18 años, Jesús Rollán abandonó Madrid y se instaló en Barcelona junto a su amigo Pedro García ‘Toto’. Durante su estancia como jugador del histórico C.N. Catalunya Rollán fue cosechando un envidiable palmarés a nivel nacional que le abrieron de par en par las puertas de la selección.

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Fue con el conjunto estatal con el que forjó una reputación al alcance de muy pocos porteros. Jesús llegó a infundir tanto respeto que muchos jugadores de los equipos rivales se pensaban dos veces si chutar o no. Fruto de la unión entre catalanes y madrieños, España pasó de ser una selección de ‘segundo orden’ a pelear por las medallas a lo largo de la década de los noventa y parte del principio de la presente centuria.

Para siempre quedará en el recuerdo las lágrimas de Jesús en Atlanta 1996 tras vencer en la final a Croacia y hacerse con el oro. El mismo lloro, pero de dolor esta vez, fue el que acompañó a todo el waterpolo internacional tras conocerse el trágico suceso que acarreó el final de este gran portero que obtuvo tantas victorias y los más laureados premios del waterpolo, entre ellos, su entrada póstuma en el Hall of Fame.

Por Xabi Gómez.

Para aquellos que les es ajeno lo que sucede en el viejo continente la primera impresión sobre el dominio europeo puede ser un poco escéptica. Pero ahí están los datos para contrarrestar las afirmaciones que aquí se van a hacer.

Estados Unidos ha participado en casi todas las competiciones olímpicas y mundialistas pero, a pesar del innegable potencial de este país en materia acuática, no ha podido subirse a lo más alto del podio en las últimas décadas. Los inicios fueron brillantes a principios del siglo XX y, destacan también dos platas en la década de los ochenta, pero por lo general, siempre se han visto rezagados respecto a los países dominantes del waterpolo en categoría masculina.

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Quizá la sección femenina ha sido en ese sentido, un caso aparte pues, desde que en el año 2000 (Sydney) las chicas pueden competir en los Juegos Olímpicos, las americanas han sido una medalla segura para la nación. En los últimos años, la irrupción en el panorama internacional de otras selecciones –especialmente en el caso de España– han puesto en tela de juicio las hasta ahora intratables americanas.

Uno de los factores que más inciden en este resultado es, a mi entender, el sistema en el cual se basa el waterpolo norteamericano, pues es la “espina que vértebra todo lo demás”, en palabras de Denja Udovicic actual seleccionador de USA. “No hay país en la tierra con mayor potencial que los Estados Unidos”, añadía el serbio.

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Algunas diferencias en el waterpolo USA vs. Europa

Y la verdad es que es difícil no estar de acuerdo con las afirmaciones del seleccionar americano. Estados Unidos tiene más jugadores sub-16 que cualquier país del mundo, pero más allá de las competiciones de High School o College, no hay nada más.

En Europa por el contrario, el sistema de clubes permite al jugador ‘ascender’ rápidamente hasta poder disputar partidos con el primer equipo –en caso de los más talentosos- a los 16 años. En USA, éste jugador tendría que esperar hasta la universidad para poder destacar.

Las dimensiones del país también son un elemento en contra. Las competiciones se concentran en dos o tres días de duración y excepto California, donde se concentra la mayor parte del waterpolo, el contacto con otras High School, College o University es escaso.

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En contraposición, una de las ciudades europeas donde más clubes proliferan es Barcelona. La relación entre ellos es muy activa y pueden disputar partidos y entrenamientos de calidad en un ratio pequeño de acción. Un win win al alcance de pocas ciudades en el mundo.

La llegada de un europeo como Dejan Udovicic a las estructuras del waterpolo americano puede leerse también como un gesto de acercamiento a un sistema que en Europa, a pesar de la maltrecha economía de los clubes, funciona en el ámbito deportivo. Brasil también ha apostado por un croata de una reputación intachable como Radko Rudic para los Juegos Olímpicos de Rio 2016.

¿Y si el gigante americano despierta de su sueño…?

Apiriliaren 7,8 eta 9an BIWPA-k Leioan izango da 1996 eta 2003. urteen artean jaiotako neska eta mutilentzat Euskal Herriko Igeriketa Federazioaren laguntzaz. Hiru egun hauetan, etorkizuneko jokalariak bi entrenamiendu izango dute egunero gure entrenatzaileen gomendiokin. Xavi Balaguer eta Joan Albella katalanak izango dira BIWPA-ko arduradurak kirol kontuetan.

Hiru egun hauek Leioan izango dira, zehazki Askartzako igerilekuan eta ahal izango dute Atalaia Claret-eko residentzian gabak pasatzea.

Entrenamenduak teknika kontuetan zehaztuko dira eta, gainera, ateizanak ere entrenatzaile bat izango dute haientzako bakarrik. Adinak kontutan hartuz, banatu egingo ditugu jokalariak eta horrela, ikasketa trebeagoa izan dezaten.

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Bideoak, teoria klaseak… BIWPAk emongo dabe jokalariek behar duten guztia. Eta noski, gure kliniketako arropa oparituko diegu.

Prezioak 350 euro eta 260en artean izango dira kontuan hartuta gaur egungo ekonomi egoera. Baita ere, aipatu beharra dago, bizkaiko jokalariek bere etxea hurbil dela eta, ahal izango dutela etxean lo egitea beraz, hori, merketu egingo dabe prezio finala.

Hau da, BIWPAK Bilbora heltzen da etorkizuneko promesak entrenamendu bikainak jaso eta kirol hau goza dezaten berezi daben bezala. Lagun berriak eginez, gogor entrenatzen eta ikasketa berriak etxera eramanez.

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Los días 7, 8 y 9 de abril BIWPA estará Leioa (Bizkaia) ofreciendo un clínic para los chicos y chicas nacidos entre 1996 y 2003 con la colaboración inestimable de la Federación Vasca de Natación. A lo largo de tres días, los jugadores de waterpolo interesados en acudir al campus, podrán tener la oportunidad de entrenar concentrados en dos sesiones diarias impartidas por el técnico Xavi Balaguer y Joan Albella. Ambos con un perfil experimentado y de acreditado bagaje en este deporte.

Las jornadas tendrán lugar en la piscina de Askartza en Leioa y, para aquellos que lo deseen, podrán alojarse en la residencia Atalaia Claret en el mismo centro.

Se hará hincapié en los principales gestos técnicos a nivel individual y, además, también dispondrán de un técnico especializado en porteros. Para equilibrar los grupos y el nivel, los participantes al clínic se dividirán en edades para ofrecer un mejor aprendizaje.

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Además de las sesiones de vídeo y clases teóricas, BIWPA ofrecerá todas las necesidades a las futuras promesas del waterpolo y, la equipación completa de BIWPA, ya clásica en nuestros campus.

Los precios han sido pensados teniendo en cuenta el momento sensible que atraviesan muchas familias y, por eso, oscilarán entre 350 y 260 euros dependiendo de si los jóvenes se quedan o no en la residencia pues, comprendemos que los jugadores vizcaínos, al tener su hogar cerca, deseen pasar la noche en sus casas.

En definitiva, BIWPA llega a Bilbao para que las futuras promesas de este deporte puedan concentrarse y disfrutar de este deporte en su esplendor. Entrenando duro, haciendo compañeros nuevos y mejorando o asentando los conceptos ya aprendidos.

Por Xabi Gómez.

Hablar del Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Sant Cugat es escribir sobre la historia moderna del waterpolo. A pesar de que los primeros pasos en el camino de la profesionalidad de este deporte en España se diesen en las instalaciones de la Blume, actualmente es el CAR quien ha capitalizado todos los recursos y, por ende, deportistas de élite que este deporte ha dado. Sant Cugat, cuna de grandes waterpolistas, por sus instalaciones han pasado las grandes estrellas del panorama acuático nacional. Fue también donde se fraguaron las grandes gestas de este deporte a base, en muchas ocasiones, de sudor y lágrimas. Horas de entrenamiento donde se ha buscado la perfección que diese el acceso a los sueños más utópicos del deportista en los escaparates internacionales.

Si las paredes del CAR hablasen, podríamos encontrar grandes historias personales de superación, emparedadas en el dolor y las ganas por seguir creciendo. Testimonios en silencio de cientos de jugadores que han sufrido en sus propias carnes las dos caras del deporte. La buena y la mala reflejadas en las piscinas de Sant Cugat pero que, es un peaje que todo waterpolista debe de pagar si quiere llegar a lo más alto.

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Sesiones interminables de entrenamiento dónde sólo a través de BIWPA puede sentir el futuro jugador profesional de waterpolo todo lo que conlleva ser deportista de élite y, las metas que uno debe fijarse para coronarse entre los mejores. En el CAR nadie regala nada y, si estás ahí, es porque te lo has ganado, muchas veces a costa de amigos, familia, estudios…

Pero conscientes de todo ello, en el propio CAR el deportista tiene a su alcance los medios necesarios para formarse como jugador de waterpolo, persona y estudiante a la vez. Razón por la cual, uno de las grandes ventajas que ofrece el Centro de Alto Rendimiento es poder compatibilizar estudios y deporte pues, dentro de las instalaciones, los atletas pueden formarse educativamente extrayendo los valores que implica el deporte, como la constancia y el sacrificio, aplicándolos a los estudios. Como resumió Anni Espar en su entrevista a BIWPA, “los valores que aprendí durante esa época, me han ayudado a formarme como persona y como jugadora. Poder compaginar estudios con deporte es genial pero aún mejor es cuando aprendes y disfrutas de ello”. Lo dice toda una campeona del mundo y una subcampeona olímpica.

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En definitiva, evocar el CAR de Sant Cugat lleva a la mente de los que por ahí han pasado grandes recuerdos. Unos mejores otros peores pero, sin duda, era el medio necesario si un jugador quería crecer y llegar a lo más alto. Por eso desde BIWPA, creemos que a pesar de que las familias tengan que hacer un esfuerzo económico importante para que sus hijos puedan acudir y participar dentro de la metodología que BIWPA aplica, el CAR es el sanctasanctórum del waterpolo nacional y, si las futuras promesas de este deporte pueden tener la oportunidad de pasar por sus instalaciones, esa experiencia no tiene precio porque, estamos seguros que, habrá un antes y un después en la formación del jugador.

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