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My experience at the BIWPA camp was phenomenal. My daily routine was drastically changed in the best way possible. I went to sleep and woke up at a great time, I ate balanced meals, and I drank Isostar which is a protein shake that allowed my body to work at it’s full potential. My routines for exercise in and out of the pool changed too. I wasn’t the only person going through these changes. I have teammates from Brazil, Italy, Denmark, France, and all over the world that were with me. I learned from the coaches but I also learned from the playing style of my peers. But all good things must come to an end and July 11th was that day.

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Barcelona Biwpa Camp./ Foto: Eduard Omedes

Luckily for me, my Water Polo adventures were not over yet. The day my flight landed in New Jersey I had practice for my club in Princeton. We were preparing for Junior Olympics which were scheduled in California in early August. Our training intensity increased but I felt very confident in my abilities since I had just come from BIWPA. I was in very good swimming shape when I came back, and I felt ready for JO’s. When it came time to play the first game in California I stretched a lot and used the resistance band I got at the camp. I stretched using the techniques that ……… taught us at the camp and I’ve been doing that for every game I play. When it came to actually playing in the water, since I learned drives that were effective and quick, I had way more opportunities to shoot and attack. On one of the days there I found out that my friend Lucia was playing. I hadn’t seen her since the camp, but we chose a meeting place and got to see each other again. I realized how much I missed we and everyone else from the camp, but I don’t worry too much because I’m hoping to go back next year.

From BIWPA we can only show total satisfaction with the direction our summer campus is taking. We haven’t stopped growing and receiving praise from our participants, a success in which our partner brands have played an important and indispensable role, and we believe we should justifiably remark on.

TURBO

There is nothing to comment on a brand that speaks for itself. Undoubtedly, it’s number 1 in the world in the field of water polo. With material like shirts, caps and top quality balls, they have equipped our campus with prestige, offering a total wellbeing to all our participants.

ISOSTAR

For another year its contribution has been essential in giving our players strength and proper hydration throughout the day. Above all, the energy bars! A classic to get energy back between sessions.

L’ORÉAL

A loyal brand to BIWPA from our first campus, which always takes care of our water polo players’ hair after hours in the pool. The shampoo and conditioners worked great, our players love you!

NESTLÉ

One of the best agrifood brands known in the world that formed part of our campus again. In particular, Chocapics these weeks have triumphed. We ran out! A major boon for our boys and girls’ breakfast.

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QUELY

How these snacks will be missed before dinner… Great debut among our partner brands – Quely, with their bread sticks they have been the delight of all attendees.

VERI

Another addition this season, essential to refresh all participants during the tremendous heat wave that Barcelona had these days. The Catalan company is a classic nationally, and from BIWPA we are proud to have their cooperation.

BOIRON

The leading company in distribution of homeopathic pharmaceuticals joined our campus this year too. Fundamental to take care of the eyes of our swimmers after sessions, with eyedrops. They all have appreciated its presence.

BiC

One of the most representative companies in terms of stationery, like some brands above, debuted with us this summer. With their pens participants could update in their note pads and jot down everything necessary in language classes.

LADIVAL

An important part of our campus is outdoors, so that in addition to being refreshing, it has been essential sun protection. Ladival helped us with their sunscreen, especially during training on the beach and at the outdoor pool.

Also noteworthy is the invaluable help of other collaborators throughout these weeks, of which it seems important to mention. We’re talking about the nutritionist Juana González (Alimmenta), our physiotherapist Cristian Fernández and those responsible at the CAR de Sant CugatClub Natació Barcelona and the BCN Sports Hostel.

To all of you, thanks for helping BIWPA to grow!

Thanks to our Team Training Camp we have been able to have the community pools of Monjuic for two foreign teams during this week. On one hand, [we have] the young men of CNAC (Portugal), and on the other the female cadet of Melville (Australia). Both teams have trained throughout the week in double sessions, with the invaluable help of a Catalan team to intensify the practices, in this case the CN Rubí.

A developing sport

This is how Filipe Oliveira (Coímbra coach) and his players Henrique Silva and Tiago Dinis (International U17) define the water polo in Portugal. “The situation isn’t good. There isn’t very much culture, the country only thinks about soccer and doesn’t offer support to the other sports. There is little outreach so it is costly to try to gain momentum to get on the level of other countries like Spain for example”, assured Oliveira. In the opinion of the three, the Portuguese players need to improve their fitness and strength, in addition to learn[ing] the best tactical basis to reach the elite. Without going any further a player who reaches the level of the Spanish, French or Italians is seen as a rare breed.

If we stop the focus in practice, Tiago Dinis tells us that the main differences are the “in Spain they train with much more intensity, in addition to employing more hours of training, especially outside of the pool. They focus on developing the tactical/technical part and the strength of the players. The workouts here are more specific, while Portugal we touch base on swimming and passing.”  Additionally, the Portuguese coaches generally have difficulty finding solutions to the problems of their equipment due to a lack of proper training.

Henrique Silva believes that the fact of playing in CN Rubí is very positive for the Coímbra as it helps them improve their competitiveness: “in Portugal we are one of the best teams, but if we played in Barcelona’s league we would be competing for last place. The teams in Barcelona are more physical, taller and have better ball control than us.” Something that his teammate agrees with, adding that they are also “more intelligent, their movements are automatic because they train more, [they are] very organized and [there is a] great understanding between them. They don’t need to be quicker than us because they’re smarter”, said Dinis.

Finally, the assessment of the role of BIWPA in this camp is extremely positive in all aspects. For the coach, Filipe Oliveira, he noted that it enables “see[ing] another way of life, meet[ing] people at different levels and experience, to try to be the best in the world. Our goal should be to reach the level of Spain”.

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Improve from the same idea

Quite different is the case of Melville, a team from a small Australian town. We talked to three members of the female cadet: the coach Chloe Nella and players Brooke Pensini and Sarah Leavy. For the coach the water polo in is going through a good time, practicing a style that is “more physical, stronger, and quicker. Overall we train during the same hours as in Barcelona, even though in Australia there is only on pool for male and female teams, so is it difficult to do as much as we would like”, confesses Nella.

Their team chose as part of their program video sessions for morning workouts where the players can see from under water cameras their mistakes that they later correct in the pool with BIWPA coach Xavi Belaguer. For Sarah Leavy it’s an essential help to improve “different perspectives, such as the placement and use of the legs”.

In regards to the general practices, they don’t differ much from what they do in Australia, because as Brooke Pensini tells us they have “similar exercises and objectives. In Barcelona it is true that they are harder, you need to act and think quickly in order to take advantage of situations.” Thanks in part to the help of CN Rubí who has been a worthy support for the Australian cadets. The three members of Melville agree in pointing out that this is a physical and very competitive team that is also very organized.

In closing, there are always words of gratitude for the BIWPA experience, according to Chloe Nella “it has made us faster, stronger and more physical. The girls have learned to grab the opponents, hold the defenders and take advantage of it. Additionally, the defense has learned to stop the drive of their mark”

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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

Necessary question. How did you get started in this sport and what are your earliest memories in the water?

I wasn’t a very good swimmer and since I was tall, the club suggested that I try water polo… After my first day of practice I had decided I was going to play water polo… I had a great time.

Your career in Spain was mainly developed in the CE Mediterrani winning the league title in the 2002-2003 season. What do you remember from that time?

 During my time with CE Mediterrani I remember being around the best players. Most were part of the Spanish selection, so each practice was a luxury because of the high level and discipline they had. There I learned to love the essence of water polo, there was no financial aid or national teams or club level… so it was putting in the hours and effort to enjoy the sport.

Simultaneously the first international successes started with the junior selection in Loule and Calgary 

I remember those summers, with coach Mar Sanromà, we worked very hard, many hours training and a lot of discipline. We knew this was the only way for good results. Also it was the first time that we would with a psychologists and biomechanics. And all that effort served a purpose, the first medals came in women’s water polo categories (bronze in El Europeo in Loule and bronze in the world championship in Calgary)

You were part of the team that participated in the 2003 World Championship in Barcelona that is considered the precursor of the current generation that has achieved much success.How is it playing the World Championship at home?

Being 20 years old and one of the smallest/shortest on the team I remember it was brutal, throughout the championship I had goose bumps. I couldn’t believe that so many people looked up to us, followed us and enjoyed our games. I remember it as one of the most important moments in my career.

Thanks to that generation, the plan ADO entered with all that it entails. It seems people forget that there was women’s water polo before [now] What changes have you noticed since then? 

The people who spent years in the world of women’s water polo know that without this generation, the women’s water polo world as we know it now probably wouldn’t exist. There were players who trained every day after a hard day’s work, who asked for vacation time to go to stages or tournaments, who  “mortgaged” there summer so that could be “full with the selection, and all this without financial compensation… it was admirable. Thanks to that team and that first ADO, some players from the selection could be without a job, or could continue their studies. The ADO grants are essential for the players to devote sufficient time to polo for great results, otherwise it would be almost impossible.

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In 2004 you went to the United States where you won an NCAA ring in your first season. How is water polo across the Atlantic?

It is hard water polo, many hours of training/practice and a lot of disciple. The workouts had a starting time but no end, hours of meetings, you had to study film of rivals before the game, etc. When your goal is to win in the NCAA [title] there is a lot of pressure. Additionally, in the case of having a “full scholarship”, the continuity depends on your academic and sports results.

 Having studied in America, Has it helped you now going back into the workplace?

 It helps to have a career in the US and have a high level of English. The latter is critical today in any career.

Later you return to Spain where in the 2009-2010 season you reclaimed the league championship with Mediterrani some of which have then been a very important part of the current national team…

 It is the league that I remember most fondly. It was a tough year in many ways, but we know how to cope very well: we were very disciplined (we withstood whichever training they threw at us), talented players… but it was the attitude in the water and good relationship between us which made us win this league and made it memorable. I can assure you that any player that formed part of this team remembers that season specially.

 And then you decided to go on a trip to the birthplace of world water polo, Hungary. There you won second place twice in the league. What are your memories of that experience?

 I was coming from the U.S., where everything is based on discipline and hard work, so I was shocked to see a totally different type of water polo… One based off talent. Seeing 12-15 year old kids with a ball control that players in Spain only achieved in the last years of their careers leaves you speechless. And this is because in Hungary they start at a young age working on individual technique and ball control.

Probably, what has stayed with me of those years is having been on a team with some of the best players of Hungarian history.

 Not to mention the silver you won with the selection in the 2008 European Championship in Malaga….

 Unforgettable…  how the fans encouraged us in that championship! Waiting for us outside the pool to sing to us, encourage us… we really enjoyed it. I remember the semifinal game that we won against Hungary, it was very exciting. And even then we lost the final, we were ecstatic to get the first medal of the women’s water polo in a major competition.

 What have been your best and worst memories in this sport?

 I can’t decide on just one good memory, probably I could summarize it in three:

 -The games won and lost that marking a turning point in my career and my development as a player

-The times in practice and traveling with my teammates, that makes you remember everything lived with a special affection.

-And all the moments and games shared, both the selection and the club, with my sister (Cristina Pardo). I wouldn’t have enjoyed everything in the way that I did without having her by my side.

The worst memory probably is the day that I decided to stop playing water polo, I still miss it. But there always comes that time when one must make that decision and not look back, because in reality, there are many wonderful things waiting for us outside of the pool.

 What advice would you give to younger [players] given your experience? 

Two things:

– To get anything (go to the selection, win a league or to play more minutes in club) you must work hard… there will be disappointments and failure, and these will be what help us achieve our goals, otherwise we would never get there

Water polo is a part of life that we must take advantage of and live intensely, but it is not the only thing.  Never stop studying and have other dreams and goals outside of the water.

Lets talk about BIWPA. What do you think and what can they offer to current water polo? 

BIPWA is a great project, and I think the key lies in the variety of programs, being able to combine them with studies and cultural diversity. I think that to play at another level it’s essential to enrich learning different ways of understanding water polo, and this program can offer this experience to developing players.

In BIWPA we are celebrating. In conjunction with the Balear Swimming Federation and with the indispensable collaboration of Blanca Gil, we have developed the first Blanca Gil water polo camp from August 23rd to the 29th at the sports facilities of Son Hugo in Palma de Mallorca. Once one of the best water polo players in the world, she will be with the promising youth of water polo daily to train and form the future men and women players coming from all over the world.

With the usual methodology BIWPA utilizes in all its camps, two training sessions everyday combined with various complementary activities, players attending born between 1997 and 2003 can establish their own pattern of exercise adopted from the most acclaimed athletes.

Blanca Gil will be part of the technical staff and will be an essential pillar, for her long professional career is a very important element. She was named the best female water polo player in the world on four occasions (2005, 2007, 2009 & 2013) and she has played in Spain and Italy where she triumphed achieving great success. Additionally, she was an international player with the national team becoming a benchmark for Spanish athletes.

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Thus BIWPA continues the objectives set from its inception with the spread of water polo at the national and international level and the promotion of high-level performance. We are grateful for the close collaboration with the Balear Swimming Federation and their support of water polo. BIWPA returns to Mallorca after the success of the Easter camp on the island.

In short, the boys but the girls especially- given the figure of Blanca Gil- have an incredible opportunity with BIWPA from August 23rd to 29th in Mallorca. If you were born between 1997 and 2003 this is your chance to learn from one of the best Spanish water polo players.

Blanca Gil, BIWPA and the Balear Federation are waiting for you!

In BIWPA you will be combining training sessions with other activities, because we are aware that not all about summer camps is water polo. Also, we want to offer you the opportunity to take part of the Barcelona’s charm enjoying the city with several options during Manel Estiarte Camp and CAR Camp.

Therefore, in addition to train and learn from the best about this sport, there is also available three extra optional activities separated from BIWPA Camp price.

1. Locals Barceloneta Surf

A surf company along Barceloneta beach and a cheap opportunity to have fun surfing the Mediterranean waves. “A great upper body and arms workout session” like Felipe Perrone said, who is also a surf lover.

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2. Barcelona Bike Tour

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world and a famous attraction for millions of tourists. Barcelona has many typical places to visit and hides many other secrets too, that you can discover riding around in a healthy way, our bicycle tour.
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3. Port Aventura

It is one of the best theme parks in Spain. Port Aventura has a lot of history, many families have experienced their attractions year after year. It is one of the highlights that we can offer as an extra activity to release adrenaline at the legendary Dragon Khan.
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By Xabi Gómez.

The first campus of the year are already a reality and we would not want to miss this opportunity to thank the companies who have joined us in training we offer promising young waterpolo. Without them, none of this would be possible so I took the opportunity to also thank them for their effort and confidence in BIWPA.

Turbo

It takes a lifetime dedicated to the sport. It is one of the best known brands in the world textile. Swimsuits, shirts, backpacks … everything. Pays attention to their products to offer athletes the best possible quality.

Isostar

The athlete has the need to balance your body during and after completion of training, so Isostar is one of the leading companies in nutrition for athletes. Energy bars, protein … everything related to the physical preparation has Isostar.

Punt Fresc

Since 2001, when it resurfaces with this name, lead betting offer fresh, quality products to the public. The fruit is essential for athletes of all vitamins offered and therefore Punt Fresc was an essential BIWPA entity.

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L’Oréal

A company dedicated to the beauty that among its products can find shampoos and conditioners. An important hair care after every workout in the pool element.

Cacaolat

It is a Spanish brand of milkshake and cocoa, which since 2011 belongs to the company Damm. It is considered the first industrial manufacturing shake the world.

Nestlé

Probably one of the best known brands in the world agrifood. The product range offered by Nestlé includes bottled mineral water and food to animals, to chocolate products, cereals and milk. It has more than 330,000 employees worldwide.

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Barcos Azules

Company founded in 1975, Blue Boats has many years of experience in conducting maritime excursions north coast of Mallorca.
Thanks to this company attendees BIWPA campus in Sóller will enjoy a small boat trip to one of the most amazing places in the Balearic Islands, Sa Calobra.

Posture Mugiment

Nerea Gomez graduated in physiotherapy from the Ramon Llull University of Barcelona will be responsible for educating young people in the stretching and posturology. His company, located in the Basque town of Leioa begins to take shape thanks to their knowledge and craftsmanship.

Fruit Shoot

Property Britvic is already present in over 10 countries around the world where, they say, “is achieving great success creating and boosting the category of drinks for children.” And is that drinks like juice, are also important for the athlete for their vitamin content item.

Frit Ravich

This multinational, contributed to BIWPA nuts that are concentrated in calories compounds of unsaturated fats and vegetable protein foods. They also have a high content of vitamins, minerals (potassium, magnesium and phosphorus) and complex carbohydrates. Also, make carbohydrates reduce absorption. As have much energy, they are perfect for take before or after performing physical activity.

For every athlete is very important to have quality material and a nutritious and balanced diet. In BIWPA we are very grateful to be able to transmit these values ​​to our boys and girls thanks to big companies that trust us.

We want to thank them for their kind support and confidence in our project. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Bea Ortiz and Joel Esteller for posing with products from our partners for this pictures.Thank you very much!

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TURBO
Turbo was created more than half a century ago by the Masso family, and today is one of the leading brands of sports equipment.
Their specialty  is water polo and swimming sporting equipment and products, which they do coddling its design, functionality and quality.

For that, and for quite some time, Turbo products are used by record holders and worldwide international teams.

ISOSTAR 
In 1977, Isostar created the first ‘sports drink’ and since then, they have worked to meet the nutritional needs of athletes. Isostar team has the best experts and top athletes to design products that help athletes to excel and achieve their goals, whatever their level or specialty is.

Isostar is present in the routines and diets of millions of athletes, and it is the nutritional benchmark in more than thirty countries on the five continents.

NESTLÉ

Nestlé was founded by German resident in Switzerland Henri Nestlé, a pharmacist who had developed a food incapable of feeding infants at the breast in 1866.

Currently, the company has in its portfolio with baby food, bottled water, milk, ice cream, frozen food, pet food and snack.

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L’ORÉAL

L’Oréal is a cosmetics and beauty company born in France in 1907. Since then, the company has endeavored to offer all kinds of services related to skin  and hair care, sunscreen, makeup and perfumes.

Currently, the company is a pioneer in research active in the dermatological, tissue engineering and pharmaceutical fields and is the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.

VODAFONE
Vodafone is one of the leading telecom companies in Spain. Born as Airtel in 1994, in 1995 they launched its 2G mobile service; a revolution at the time. In 2001 the company was renamed Vodafone as part of the international Vodafone group, one of the ten largest companies in the world today.

Vodafone has been a pioneer in telecommunications, the first company  in Spain with a 4G network. Always staying true to the same motto: ‘We want to improve the lives of people, these being more and more connected in a mobile world. “

PUNT FRESC
Punt Fresc  is a Catalan food company which work is based on the benefits and variety of the Mediterranean diet. It started as a family business in 1957, selling fruit and vegetables in the Catalan markets. For its success, it became a Wholesale. And after some time, they decided to open its first street stores. Their commitment has always been maintaining the quality level of the market food, but move it to the supermarkets to bring people a easier way to buy it.

In 2001 Punt Fresc brand was finally born, and now it’s an unquestionable synonymous with freshness, tasty, healthy and comfort.

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Albert Español, Marc Minguell and Dani Lopez-Pinedo are three players from C.N. Atletic-Barceloneta  (CNAB). With their team they have won the LEN Waterpolo Champions League, the highest title in the history of this club.

Now, Albert, Marc and Dani are concentrated at the CAR of Sant Cugat with the Spanish National Team. They are working together with their peers and their couch, Gaby Hernandez,to prepare the Europeans at Budapest.

We went to the CAR to interview them… And they signed a Water Polo Summer Camps!

Today we bring you the interview we did to Albert Español. And soon we’ll publish the other ones, with Dani and Marc .

We want to thank all three for receiving us and for giving us the signed ball. Thank you boys!

Interview with Albert Español BY YASMINA ARMESTO

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1 – How did you get in contact with water polo?

By chance. I was 10 and I was in a summer camp. One day, some staff from C.N. Poble Nou came to do some tests for their water polo team. They told me that they liked me and would call me, but that never happened. And since then i wanted to play water polo, so my mother enroll us, me and my brother, to C.N. Barceloneta. It has been always my team.

2 – At what point did you realize that you can play at the professional level?

From 10 to 13 years I combined water polo with other sports. But the coaches were very demanding and the level was very high. So when I was 13 I left the rest to focus in water polo. With 15, I debuted with the first team and I already knew it was my passion and I wanted to get to the top.

3- You get there with Barceloneta: you won the Champions League at home.

It was a sweet victory. We were candidates and organizers. We wanted to play well and we were very excited, but it was difficult to win. However, we always believed in us. We were a very close team, we worked well together, and that was decisive.

4 – Moreover, you received the MVP, it was a double triumph. 

Winning the Champions League was a dream that we had in our mind, but MVP was not a thing that I had on my mind. I was only aware of the competition. So win the MVP of the LEN Champions League was the best climax, it was like a gift.

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5- What is your favorite memory the competition?

I remember with emotion the last minute of the final. The moment in which you realize that the cup is already yours, in which you understand that you will win the Champions League. That was a great moment. But I also remember the semi-finals. The opponent was very strong, so beat them was also very nice.

6-Now you’re with the National Team, how we will see Albert Español?

A few years ago I had a more secondary role. But now there is greater convergence between what I do in the club, and in the National Team. The National Team is always very demanding and puts you over the limit. People prepare the competition very well and very strong because the rivals are the best players of the best clubs. So I will give the 100%.

7-You are in the same club and National Team with Dani López-Pinedo and Marc. Together everywhere. How is it?

We enjoy it. I compare us with college friends who spend a lot of time together, laughing and enjoying. We are always making jokes, in good humor, and that’s very nice. Because the people of our age, due to the routine and their works, have lost this kind of relationships; and we do not. I love it.

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8- You’ve completely dedicated your youth to water polo, do you feel that you have lost some things?

Many! With 15 or 16, you’re a bit frustrated because you cannot go traveling to celebrate the end of the school, or you can’t go out with your friends on Friday. So you cannot do what it’s ‘normal’ at your age. But you do other things that are unique and that other people can never do, like going to the Olympics. I would not change anything of my youth.

9 – If you weren’t water polo player, how would be your life?

I would be an industrial engineer, which is what I’ve studied. When my water polo career will end, I would not mind starting something totally different, like being an engineer. Water polo is my life and my profession, but I’ve done a really hard degree, so I would like to use it someday.

10 – Would you work in water polo as a coach or trainer?

If I had the opportunity, of course yes. I don’t close doors to anything and less when it comes to water polo.

11- It is said that FINA and LEN will amend the regulation to make “water polo more attractive”…

I humbly believe that it is not the way. I don’t think that changing the rules will make more people followwater polo. It is already a beautiful sport to watch. Maybe on TV is a little slow, but watch a live match amazes all who see it for the first time. The water polo promotion goes for other actions such as internet broadcasting, talk about it in the media, or socialization and awareness of the people. It is not about game rules.

12 – What do you think of BIWPA’s camps?

It seems a very good initiative. When I was a child, I came to train in CAR on holidays. Train in summer makes you improve your game very much. You train with very good players and coaches, and you work hard. So at the end of the summer, when you return to your club, it is easy to see who have had that preparation and who not. So I recommend it.

13 – What advice would you give to kids who want to go far in the world of water polo?

Where there’s a will there’s a way. If you struggle to get what you really want, you have many chances to get it. But you have to want by all means. To say ‘I want this’ is easy. What really makes a difference is to fight, train hard every day. Work hard, be persistent and believe in yourself. That’s the way to get it.

14 – Albert Thanks for your time, and make us fit into your busy routine. We wish you all the luck!

It has been a pleasure, thank you.

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