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 How did you start in waterpolo?

I came from the world of swimming and I took part in it. My brother also did it but he decided to change sports. I followed him.

What do you remember about your beginnings and when you start playing in the national league?

My beginnings were a good step because I only thought about having fun and nothing else (waterpolo hooked me like a drug). The first year that I started playing I stood out in the ascent phase being the best player and the national team called me. It was a very nice stage I will never forget. At club level my first team was the best I had (very modest) and pure companionship.

Your big jump was going to Italy to play. How was this transfer given?

Well, after four years disputing international tournaments with the national team, I was able to choose to play in several teams. And I did not think twice, because at that time it was the best league in the world and my goals were different.

 What are the differences between Spain and Italy?

Well I don´t like to comment on something that for the moment I do not know , 10 years ago I went to Italy and honestly over the years there are things I could not see or experience firsthand in Spain. I can speak about Italy, a very competitive league and in my case a professional league (because I´ve always lived off waterpolo) very hard and serious training which for me was a job and responsibility. I learned a lot in every aspects, tactical, technical…

 With the national team you have been one of the most influential players…  (Brief overview of your career with the national team)

The Spanish team has given me a lot! I have had the opportunity to learn from all the coaches who have gone through the selection. Thanks to them and thanks to all the colleagues who have accompanied me throughout my career, I have been the player I was and am very grateful for that and I value it.

A notorious episode of your career was your frustrated signing with Pro Recco, what had happened and which were the consequences?

Orizzonte, the team where I was playing in that moment, did not give me the desire to go to play with Pro Recco. Orizzonte behaved very badly with me but I have forgiven. The consequences were that I lost a good and excellent contract, but I decided not to stop my career. In five days I took the bags with my husband and I went to play the Greek league with the Olympiakos team. There I had the opportunity to learn a different way of working, although I was not very happy at first because it was not in my plans.

But without any doubt one of the biggest obstacles that you have encountered in your career was the uterine cancer detected in 2009. How did you live that period?

It was a very bad and hard period, but I surprised myself with my reaction, I had to keep doing what I liked and I had to stay in the top.

Recently, you decided to hang your swimsuit, why?

Circumstances of life and changes, the reasons are clear: to dedicate to my family. I suffered 15 years around the world without my parents and my brothers and I could not enjoy them. Now I want to have more time and give more attention to my son and my husband. Being on the highest level and being a mother is like being a superwoman! Life are stages and now is a new one. Although the decision was hard to take, one day it had to end. And now it has come my time!

Now that you are no longer in active, you want to stay linked to waterpolo. What awaits the children who come to your campus in august in Mallorca?

Mainly my goal is that they have fun and learn everything they can, and to stay with the memory of having been a special time and it was worth it. Transmit all what I have learned, I also want to get involved like one of them with the same enthusiasm as when I started.

What do you think about biwpa and in your opinion how can it help waterpolo?

Everyone should support and recognize that biwpa is doing a competent and a quality work. It is helping greatly to international waterpolo. I wish I had had the opportunity in my time to make a campus of this level.  It gives the opportunity for players to have a more complete training and this indirectly helps all clubs.