By Xabi Gomez.
You’ve been many years linked to waterpolo, especially in Navarre where you’ve been one of the historical. Larraina player and later of Navarra in Division Honor.What memories do they bring to you?
I do not think it has been one of the historical, yes I think I was a player of Club.The club and a generation of players marked a stage and way forward then had a long journey with Waterpolo Club Navarra. The best memories go back to those years as a player in Larraina which is certainly more entertaining than coaching. That’s when you establish friendships with other teammates.
Later decided to end your career as a player and as a coach started another.Your first stop was with the girls UPNA which reaped good results …
Previously I had collated for several years my work player with the coaching ranks of CD Larraina. We 2010/11 promotion to Division Honor Women after a great season. However the greatest satisfaction comes in seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14 where after a hard working team that exceeded mere sport and we reestablish a solid structure on the CD Larraina. Hopefully this will continue in the time and can not fall back into past mistakes.
A year ago, you threw the adventure and crossed the pond to Peru. How was this possible?
The truth is that previously arose the possibility of training in a neighboring country Peru. Late could not be. That encouraged me to try his luck out and live a different professional and personal experience. The Club Deportivo Campo de Marte had need to hire technical and started contacts. They and the Swimming Federation of Peru made possible my arrival.
What was the before and after the Campus Martius after Iñaki Zabalza stay in Lima? Has grow the number of practitioners?
Upon my arrival I saw overwhelmed by the large number of athletes. They trained together at the same time and try to set different groups depending on the category or level. In addition we consolidate a women’s team that had not existed. The work paid off even in the growing number of water polo, mainly in cities such as Arequipa and Trujillo where before there was barely waterpolo.
André mentioned Avallone, coach SESI of Sao Paolo that Brazilian Federation is betting all human and monetary capital available in order to Rio 2016. How does this affect the other Latin American republics? Are they are noticing an increase in sports bets by public institutions?
If it is true that something has changed and moves about Latin American water polo, at least I lived in Peru and other neighboring countries such as Chile and Bolivia. In Peru there are resources and good sports facilities but you have to direct them to the nursery schools Waterpolo, it takes more children. While not do that nothing will change and once done will be a multi-year process to pick fruit.
I think that just landed from Lima you gone to Barcelona to work on campus BIWPA Christmas … What did you experience?
It was a great experience. Not only have I had the opportunity to work with a nice group of guys but it has allowed me to work on the premises of CAR. Never seen something like that, a treat for any sportsman.
Tell us a bit more about this week in Barcelona.
Two great professionals like Xavi Yuri Colet Balaguer and finished to complete the coaching staff. We worked a double session both gym and pool. To this we add videos, various technical talks, matches against other clubs and live presence of Barceloneta-Sabadell Honor Division. The group was composed of boys from various places: Catalan, canaries, Murcia, Portuguese, Americans etc. They fit perfectly from day one and work with them was easy.
What are your plans now back to Pamplona?
In principle, and I think in the end. First I must settle for I took almost a year away from home. I would like to remain connected to waterpolo so anyone who needs my help will have it.
After these days in the CAR, not only Iñaki experience has been positive, but participants also enjoyed the Water Polo Clinic. We leave you with some opinions:
“This Clinic, has personally given me in many aspects besides water polo. I have generated good friends and those friendships have helped me to learn a bit more than this world of Water polo. I was delighted, see you at Easter! ” Fernando, Canarias.
“The Water Polo Clinic seemed to be a unique experience not only to train in one of the best high performance centers, but by the great coaches who have had daily and peers who have lived with me during these days. I have found that in just 10 days you can learn many things and so I thank you for BIWPA. ” Fran, Murcia.
“This week at the Clinic of BIWPA in the CAR has been a very good and fruitful experience for me. I learned a lot and grown both my experience as my knowledge of water polo. I advise all fans of the sport experience! The CAR offers the best conditions for high performance sport worldwide, not just technical improvements and learn, but feel at home! Parents try BIWPA for the future of your children, you will not be sorry! ” Filipe, Portugal.