We are retaking this session in relation to the BIWPA Camp Manel Estiarte that will be held in the end of June in the facilities of Club Natació Barcelona.
Manel Estiarte is, if not the best, then one of the best water polo players that this sport has ever seen. For his merits he was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007. He was the Olympic Champion in Atlanta 1996 and won Olympic silver in Barcelona 1992, he was the World Champion in Perth 1998, got silver in Perth 1991 and Rome 1994, he won silver in the European Championship in Athens 1991 and bronze in Sheffield 1993.
On the club level he obtained two European Cups – one with CN Barcelona and another one with an Italian club, Pescara. Among his merits are also found 9 national leagues (5 with CNB and 4 with Pescara), 11 national cups (5 in Spain and 6 in Italy), and the Prince of Asturias Award in sports, along with other individual titles… oh! And the world’s best water polo player 7 years consecutively… next to nothing.
Manel Estiarte was born in Manresa (Catalonia) in 1961. He started practicing swimming early, and from there moved to water polo. From his early years he showed remarkable skills at ball possession. During his sport career he formed part of the Spanish senior national water polo team on 580 occasions and scored over 1.500 goals for Spain in international competitions. With 19 years he debuted in the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, and since then he did not miss any Olympics till Sydney 2000 where he bore the flag of the Spanish delegation during the opening ceremony. After the Olympic Games in Sydney Manel Estiarte decided to finish his career.
Since his retirement from the swimming pool his life has been being connected with sports through clubs, such as FC Barcelona and, currently, FC Bayern Münich, always together with his friend Pep Guardiola.
The club of his life is CN Barcelona, on the facilities of which will take place the Camp that is named after him. Manel Estiarte certainly possesses the widest variety of personal and team awards and is considered to be the best of all times for his talent and dexterity. For all that, a chance to visit the Camp and to meet personally the greatest athlete is a unique opportunity for all the promising waterpolo players who are forming the future of our sport.