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The two stars will exclusively represent BIWPA and will collaborate in the transmission of the brand’s values through its 4 main services: Academy, camps, team training camps and events.

Adrià Delgado and Anni Espar are the two new brand ambassadors of Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA). Delgado signs with BIWPA at the start of his second season in Spain, while Espar, who has collaborated with BIWPA since it was born, is extending her contract for the third year.

The agreement was made official last Thursday, October 17, at the Blume facilities in Barcelona, ​​where BIWPA conducts training with the athletes of its Academy. It was formalized by Cristina Marín, general manager of BIWPA, and the two professional players.

Speaking about the brand association, Marín said: “It is a great honor that athletes of this level chose to be linked to the values ​​that we represent, which are none other than the dissemination and promotion of water polo and the training of young athletes”.

Adrià and Anni are currently two reference players both in the men’s and women’s water polo community. Apart from involving the players with the Academy, through several masterclasses during the season, the two players will also have presence in the other BIWPA services: campus, tournaments and team training camps.

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Adrià Delgado, Cristina Marin and Anni Espar pose for the agreement (PFotoàlbums)

Anni Espar’s career achievements are simply astonishing. Espar has won all domestic titles four Champions League with CN Sabadell. Internationally, she has one gold and two world silver medals, an Olympic silver medal and European gold and bronze medals.

Outside of Europe, she became NCAA champion in the US and also won the Australian league. After almost a decade with CN Sabadell, Anni Espar has started a new challenge this season with CN Mataró.

“Adri” Delgado was one of the most valuable players last season on his return to Spain. He finished as top scorer with 73 goals in 29 games and finished league runner-up with CN Barcelona. After he was already called up for the national team, his main objective now is to play the next Olympic Games with Spain in Tokyo, something he already did in Rio 2016 with Brazil.

Delgado said of the deal: “I’m privileged that I’m getting to collaborate with BIWPA, an organization that is giving great visibility to water polo across the world. I really like the work methodology that they have both in the Academy and in the other services they offer”.

Espar was very satisfied to commit one more year to the values that BIWPA represents: “I’m very happy to keep collaborating with a company that helps to the growth of water polo and that allows me to share my passion from Barcelona with players from all over the planet”.

Cover photo: Adrià Delgado and Anni Espar, new BIWPA brand ambassadors, with the general manager Cristina Marín (PFotoàlbums)

The Spain Women’s Water Polo National Team reached the semifinals yesterday after beating Greece at the penalty shoot out. After a very tough game in which Greece took the lead since the very beginning, Spain tied the game 5 seconds before the final whistle (10-10). Judit Forca, top goal scorer of Miki Oca’s squad, scored on a men down situation with a very nice shot.

Apart from the leftie Forca, Bea Ortiz led the team in terms of the scoring. The former CN Rubí player and one of the images of Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA), hit 5 times the Greek net and became a key figure to clinch the victory for the Spanish national team. With Anni Espar pulling the strings, Spain made it through the quarter finals with an exhibition of strength and courage.

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The Spanish players, celebrating a goal / FINA

At the penalty shootout, two figures popped up with great performances. Laura Ester, who saved the last penalty, and Helena Lloret, who scored the last penalty with an unstoppable shot that got into the goal with a little suspense.

On the other hand, Canada defeated the host team Hungary unexpectedly (4-6) and will be the next rival for Spain on its way to the final. The girls will have the chance to fight for a medal no matter what happens at the semifinal, which can be considered already as a success and a very important milestone for this group of athletes. Whatever happens in the next game, this is the second best result ever achieved on a World Championships for Spain women’s water polo, except for the gold medal in Barcelona 2013.

Congratulations for keeping up the good work and a special shoutout to our BIWPA ambassador Anni Espar, and to Clara Espar and Bea Ortiz, BIWPA collaborators.

 

The water polo player Anni Espar (Barcelona, 1993), who is currently playing for CN Sabadell and the Spanish National Team, has signed a contract with BIWPA and she will be our new brand ambassador.

The Catalan player has always been involved with all of BIWPA’s projects, both in Summer Camps and the Academy, where she regularly attends to perform master classes with our athletes.

“BIWPA has always seemed to be a company with very interesting projects and passionate employees about water polo, just like me. That’s why I have always been interested in helping them grow and improve in any possible way”, says Anni.

With BIWPA, Anni Espar has the opportunity to share her knowledge with young water polo players who want to learn and improve their techniques, something that she finds to be “a great and brilliant idea”.

New challenges

At the end of this year, the Catalan player will leave Barcelona for Sydney, where she will be playing water polo in the University of Sydney team, in addition to finishing her studies.

“I look forward to new experiences and being able to continue growing both as a player and as a person. I have a strong desire to go to Australia to compete with one of the best teams and to continue learning from new coaches, new peers and teammates, etc. While I’m there, I will be playing for the Sydney University and simultaneously I will finish my studies in Business Administration. I will have some extra time which I plan to take advantage of by traveling & by creating a BIWPA Campus there, affirms the Catalan player.

Anni Espar had a similar experience in the United States of America where she won the NCAA title with the University of Southern California: “I lived one of the best experiences in the USA while I played for USC for a year and I learned a lot”.

For BIWPA, it’s a great privilege to count on one of the best players in Europe, named the best water polo player of 2012 by LEN and Silver Medal in London 2012.

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 We´ve talked with Anni Espar, professional water polo player and BIWPA ambassador. Good read for all water polo lovers!
What memories do you have of your formative years in the CE Mediterrani?
I started there since I was a baby, combining water polo and swimming. They were my first years and I took the opportunity they have given to me as a player of my first team.
In 2009 you took your first step in CN Sabadell
It was the opportunity to continue growing. Sometimes you have to make these changes. I thought I did not want to be stagnate and this was a way to learn from other players, coaches, club … it’s the same vision I had when I left for the United States.
Certainly crossing the Atlantic was your great personal commitment
It was a difficult decision to leave everything behind and embark on this adventure. I spoke to Anna Pardo and the truth is that I was really excited. Further, the full scholarship that I was offered to study there was also very important when making the decision. It was a year in which I had time for everything.
How do you assess the possibility to combine studies and sport at the highest level?
It is a wonder. I lived five minutes from the training facilities and campus. I would use a bike. 6;00 to 8:00 in the morning training, after class train, and then the same in the afternoon. The facilities you use are immense. You only worry about training and studying.
What do you like most European or American system?
Is different. The truth is that I wish we could have such large sports complexes like in the United States and it was so easy to have it all so close. Still, I must confess that in that sense, BIWPA is doing a great job focusing on the possibility of combining education and sport for athletes who can not access the High Performance Centers in their respective countries.
Is a college education more valuable in America if you are an athlete?
Being honest it does not have the same value. In America if you’ve been an athlete you have more recognition and value companies. In job interviews, the sporting aspect often plays an important role.
Why most Spanish players and players who leave the United States are girls?
The scholarships are divided into male and female. The same money in all sports. As in football a lot of money for the guys goes, in other sports there is more diversity, something that would take advantage of other sports such as basketball or water polo. The university would also be interested in foreign players to give a plus of competitiveness.
To close your stage in the United States … what does it mean to be a NCAA Champion?
For me it was something to feel proud of. At my university it meant to be very much a USC Trojan. This was instilled in me since I understood the rivalry with UCLA, Stanford … create a special bond with the University. So you can imagine the importance that is given to this title, I had a teammate who was an Olympic champion and for her it was more important to win the NCAA than the Olympic Games. Obviously I do not share that view, but I give it a lot of value. When I won the NCAA I remembered what Anna Pardo said, “You win an NCAA ring and check again”, and I did (laughs).
With the selection you have also had some great moments. What is the best remember?
I think there are two. When we qualified for the final of the 2012 Summer Olympics as were World Champions in Barcelona 2013 before all our people. I must say that losing an Olympic final was very sad but this year, I hope to try to get me a thorn for four years.
Anyway, following recent events (World and European) you have us spoiled with victory … What lies ahead for the Preloympic qualifiers?
It is true that they have not been our best competition, I still think we’ve been there, especially in the European. We have fought to the end. We are calm about our game but it is true that in terms of results, other teams also compete. We will qualify for the Olympic qualifiers and the Olympic Games we will not go on vacation. If we play well we will have possibilities.
Speaking of BIWPA, from the beginning you have been involved in the project …
They are doing a great job for the water polo and at the worldwide level. Training in the CAR of Sant Cugat is priceless. The food is good and the ability to enjoy other athletes, especially for boys and girls aged 14-15 is a very nice experience. The campus offers you the opportunity to improve your technique with good coaches, if they continue doing this work in a few years they will have more impact. The Academy has had several players around the world and seeing it from outside, if I had the opportunity to play in another country to continue studying, it would be a dream come true. A wonderful experience. In addition, BIWPA also manages other foreign teams to come to Barcelona to compete with other competing teams. Surely BIWPA will grow in the coming years.

 

Our sport is experiencing a unique time for women.  The rise of women is notorious in recent years and the number of participants has grown exponentially. For that reason BIWPA, this summer wants to give more prominence to all those women that strive daily to improve their technique. From July 19th-25th, in the second week of water polo camps of CAR San Cugat will we count on Nani Guiu coach of CN Sabadell and three time European Champion, in addition to BIWPA coach and director of camps Yuri Colet.

But it doesn’t stop there. Also, we will count on the presence of several top-level players who have participated or are actively involved in the success of the Spanish water polo. So, every day, there will be a renowned player on the premises of CAR with BIWPA. Here are the women who will bring their expertise to the CAR Summer Camp:

 Ona Meseguer:

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Barcelona, 1988. She has been instrumental on the Spanish national team that has garnered much success lately. Gold in the 2014 European Championship of Budapest, gold in the 2013 World Championship of Barcelona and silver in the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is one of the most effective lefties in Spain who has experienced the best moments of an unforgettable generation. She is also is an essential pillar in her club Mataró and in her former club CE Mediterrani won the league title.

 Clara Gibson:

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(Barcelona, 1992) Although from British parents, since she was little she has lived in Catalunya, where she has played in Mataró. She is a key player for the United Kingdom national team where she is the scorer. She was in the London Olympic Games, the 2012 European Championship and the 2013 World Championship where, it had been 15 years since the United Kingdom had classified.

 Anna Pardo:

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Barcelona, 1983. What to say about Anna, our last BIWPA interview. A player whose sports career is an adventure divided between U.S., Hungary and Spain.  She has an NCAA ring, 2nd place in the Hungarian League on two occasions, one Spanish League title and she was part of the first generation of Spanish women’s water polo that received the “passport” for the ADO grants. A prestigious player who has played in two continents.

 Anni Espar:

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Barcelona, 1993. What to say about the best player of the 2012 LEN. She has played in the United States where she triumphed and on her return to Spain she continues to reap success with her club CN Sabadell, three-time European Champion, among other national titles where the CNS sweeps. With Spain she has been the 2014 European Champion, 2013 World Champion, and won silver in the London Olympic Games. All a living legend despite her young age.

 Ana Copado:

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Terrasa, 1983. One of the best goalkeepers. Silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games. A long sporting career has made her a benchmark for many girls. An excellent person that when it was time to jump in the water she gave her best and when she wasn’t, she encouraged the most.

 Marta Bach:

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Mataró, 1993. Champion of the Trieste Pre-Olympic tournament (2012), 5ª in the European Championship in Eindhoven (2012), 11ª Shanghai World Championship (2011), 4ª in the Superfinal of the world league (2011) and champion of the Trieste Junior World Championship (2011). Silver in London 2012, Gold Barcelona 2013 and Budapest 2014. An essential player when she is called for the national team and a key piece of her club CN Mataró

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.

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From January 2nd to 11th BIWPA offers a water polo clinic for boys and girls around the world. The intensive training will take place on the premises of CAR in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) under the direction of our BIWPA  technicians .

COACHES

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Xavi Balaguer. He has been his entire life 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 for the male team. His proven experience makes the technical direction of BIWPA’s campus is in good hands.

Yuri Colet. This young Catalan has water polo in his 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 Majorca in Gymnàpolis Soller Water Polo Club.

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Iñaki Zabalza. After his experience as a professional player where he played for Waterpolo Navarra Honor Division, took over the women’s senior team UPNA where he reaped good results. A year ago decided to start a new phase in Peru where it has been commissioned to design a solid plan for water polo in the Andean region.

Miguel Cidoncha. The Californian player trained at the prestigious UCLA combining studies and sports. It was from there that he decided to make the jump to Spain where he played in the CN Sant Andreu de la Division de Honor. He continued combining studies and sports after obtaining a master in Sociology at the University of Barcelona.

GUESTS

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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 water polo is a good proof. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

Ferran Plana. Degree in Physics and specialized in swimming section Education, has been linked to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and the Catalan Federation. Since 2014 directs the structure of Sant Feliu of the First Division where he is reaping great results.

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Gonçal Zegri. Degree in psychology and water polo referee. Your contribution will be key to better understand the intricacies of the game from the arbitral perspective.

Anni Espar. One of the most decorated players of recent times in Spain. Is part of the generation that so many successes are providing national water polo. Although youth has been enshrined as one of the most decisive, thanks to which players earned an athletic scholarship to the United States in 2012 where he played with the USC Trojans proclaimed champion of the NCAA. Silver and gold at London 2012 in the Barcelona World 2013 and gold in the 2014 European Budapest A treat to have her on our campus BIWPA.

The Spanish women’s water polo team has achieved the bronze medal in the World Cup which was held in Khanty Mansyisk (Russia) after beating China (7-5). Miki Oca‘s girls, with new faces given the low champions of Europe for some rest, have won the first medal in the history of Spanish women’s water polo in a World Cup.

The “warriors” have managed to remain competitive in a competition that began with a big win over Singapore (34-3), and continued with a 12-5 against China. Although they lost to Russia (7-6), were ranked first group, crossing to South Africa in the quarterfinals (12-2).

However, when meeting Australia in the semifinal they lost 8-2, leaving themselves with no option to the gold medal. In the consolation final they clearly imposed the Chinese (7-5), with a great performance by Anni Espar, BIWPA ambassadress, who scored four goals.

Again Miki Oca’s girls make history with the first medal at a World Cup and after becoming champions of Europe, demonstrating the high level of women’s water polo in Spain.

For the first time in its history, the Spanish women’s water polo team has been proclaimed European champion after defeating the Dutch team 10-5 in the final of the European Competition in Budapest.

The current world champions, who also took silver at London 2012, have achieved their first continental title after staying with silver in the European in Malaga 2008.

The Spanish team won the final with a partial 3-3, 2-0, 2-2 and 3-0. In the first quarter, the Dutch went ahead twice, but thanks to Maica Garcia and Andrea Blas, the “warriors” responded with goals in the 2 meter buoy, position they usually occupy, forming the best pair of buoys today. In the second quarter Anni Espar, BIWPA Ambassadress, changed paths with two crossed shots, the second of numerical superiority, coming to rest with a 5-3 lead.

In the third quarter, Miki Oca‘s team reached ahead 7-4 thanks to the work of Andrea Blas in her area and a setback kick of Maica Garcia from six yards. The final quarter became an offensive and defensive recital of the warriors, who scored twice (Roser Tarrago, Maica Garcia), leaving the final 10-5 that gave the gold to Spain.

BIWPA wants to congratulate  Miki Oca’s “warriors” for  this new victory and Miki himself and all his staff. It is a great moment for the Spanish women’s water polo, but we know that is just the beginning, as the “warriors” make up a team that has only changed a name in three years, with an average age of just 23 years. There are still many more wins to come. Congratulations girls!

The first week of the Water Polo Easter Camp 2014 was a great success. We are delighted with our young water polo players, which have shown a lot of motivation and interest and their improvement has been steady all week.

To them has been an experience, not only because they have made great friends, but also because they were able to share values ​​such as teamwork and generosity, and they have shown great enthusiasm and passion for water polo. Thanks to the strong connection between coaches and players, the Easter Camp participants have not only experienced high performance water polo, but have also learned to develop their skills and abilities.

What impressed them most has been the visits of great athletes like Anni Espar, Felipe Perrone and Anna Copado, and the lecture “How to stay motivated all year” by the coach Xesco Espar, one of the distinguishing features of our campus. In addition, the experience of training in the CAR of Sant Cugat has left its mark among our water polo players, not only they were impressed by the facilities, but also because they have been able to experience the lifestyle of elite athletes and they were able to share with them breakfast, lunch and dinner. What an experience!

To finish the campus, yesterday  we were able to enjoy a very special tour. We went to see the match between Spain and Canada and then we walked through Montjuic, getting to know some of the facilities where the Barcelona 92 Olympics took place. In the evening we all shared together (parents , participants and coaches)  a farewell dinner, which was very emotional, full of gifts and surprises for our water polo players.

We are very pleased with the success of this first edition, mainly because our water polo players have had a great time while improving their athletic performance. Tomorrow comes the second group, and we hope you enjoy as much as the athletes who’ve been with us this week.

We hope to see you again in the summer!

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