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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!

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.

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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.

Do you want to train with the triple Women’s European Champion coach?

Nani Guiu will be our coach at the Water Polo BIWPA Summer Camp in the High Performance Training Centre of Sant Cugat. Also, those young female players from around the world will have a great opportunity to join water polo practices under the supervision of one of the best women coaches in Europe…

The Camp will take place from July 19th until July 25th at the CAR (High Perfomance Training Centre) of Sant Cugat for all those boys and girls born between 1997 and 2003.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to train closely with Nani Guiu, what a great experience!

For more information, visit our website o write us at info@biwpa.com

The importance of English these days is seen everywhere. We live in a world in which English is absolutely necessary to advance in almost every trade and those who have early exposure to the language have more possibilities later in life. For this reason, in BIWPA’s camps, our professionals are using as much English as possible with our participants. Although advancement in water polo is the immediate goal, we can’t forget that sport is also a means to educate and teach life lessons and values in a forgiving environment.

Of the parents that call and write to us at BIWPA, the majority ask us about our English classes. We are ecstatic that they ask about this aspect of our services because we believe this is what sets us apart from other water polo academies, for not only our Spanish participants but our international players as well.

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For these reasons we would like to emphasize that though BIWPA is a water polo organization, we also understand the importance of a well rounded education in and out of the pool. We believe that the services that we provide and the caliber of the personnel that work with us also emit our goals.

Players from Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Croatia, The United States, Peru, Brazil and even India have come to learn more about water polo and make new friends with BIWPA. Evidently water polo is the main common interest, however with boys and girls from so many different parts of the world, it is shared through the essential tool of the English language.

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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On April 7th, 8th and 9th  BIWPA‘ll be Leioa (Bizkaia) offering a clinic for boys and girls born between 1996 and 2003 with the invaluable assistance of the Basque Swimming Federation. Over three days, waterpolo players interested in attending the campus may have the opportunity to train concentrated in two daily sessions led by coach Xavi Balaguer and Joan Albella. Both have an experienced and accredited profile background in the sport.

The clinic will take place in the pool Askartza in Leioa and, for those who wish may stay at the residence Atalaia Claret in the center.

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It will highlight the main technical gestures at the individual level and also be fitted with a specialist goalkeeping coach. To balance and level groups, the participants will be divided into age clínic to better learning.

In addition to video sessions and lectures, BIWPA provide all the needs of the future promises of waterpolo and full equipping of BIWPA, now classic in our campus.

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Prices have been designed taking into account the sensitive time faced by many families and, therefore, range between 350 and 260 euros depending on whether young people remain or not in residence therefore understand that the Basques players, having your home close, wishing to stay overnight in their homes.

In short, BIWPA comes to Bilbao for future promises of the sport to concentrate and enjoy this sport at its best. Training hard, making new friends and improving or settling the previously learned concepts.

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By Xabi Gómez.

Talking about the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat is is to write about the modern history of water polo. Although the first steps on the road to the professionalism of the sport in Spain where in Blume facilities, is currently the CAR who has capitalized all the resources and therefore athletes the sport has. Sant Cugat, birthplace of great water polo, its facilities have been the stars of the national aquatic landscape. It was also where the great deeds of the sport based on many occasions, sweat and tears were forged. Hours of training where we have sought perfection that give access to the utopian dreams of the sportsman in international showcases.

If the walls of CAR could speak, we could find great personal stories of overcoming, sandwiched in pain and desire to continue growing. Silent testimonies of hundreds of players who have suffered in their own flesh the two faces of sport. The good and bad reflected in the pools of Sant Cugat but is a toll that all waterpolo player must pay if you want to reach the top.

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Endless training sessions where only through BIWPA  the future professional water polo player can feel everything it takes to be an elite athlete and the goals you should be set to be crowned among the best. In the CAR no free lunch and if you’re there, it’s because you’ve earned, often at the expense of friends, family, school …

But aware of this, in the CAR own the athlete has at its disposal the means to train as water polo player, person and student at a time. Why, one of the great advantages of High Performance Center is able to combine studies and sport therefore within the facilities, athletes can form educationally extracting values involving sports, such as perseverance and sacrifice, applying to study. As summarized Anni Espar in his interview to BIWPA, “the values I learned during that time, have helped me shape me as a person and as a player. Able to combine studies with sport is great but even better when you learn and enjoy it. ” This are the words of a world champion and Olympic silver medalist.

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In short, evoke the CAR of Sant Cugat brings to mind that there have been great memories. Some better some worse but certainly was the means necessary if a player wanted to grow up to the top. So from BIWPA, although we believe that families have to make a major economic effort so that their children can attend and participate in BIWPA the methodology applied, the CAR is the inner sanctum of the national water polo and, if future promises this sport can have a chance to go through its facilities, the experience is priceless because we are sure, will be a before and after in the player’s training.

Frederik Heyde-Petersen, born in Denmark- 1998, was one of the participants of our Water Polo Summer Camp at the CNB this last summer. After his BIWPA experience, he has been selected for the Danish National Team.

Frederik (known as “Fup” by his friends) is a water polo player from Denmark, who plays on the wing. He spend with us one week last summer, when he was able to improve his water polo skills in our Summer Camp. His improvement has helped him to make his way into FREM‘s (his club in Denmark) first men’s team, playing all the matches in the men’s first division. Rui Moirera – of Portugal fame –, his coach in FREM is very happy with Frederik’s development in the past months.

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He has also been selected, as the youngest player, to the U17 Danish National Team. Frederik is playing for Denmark in the North Sea Cup this weekend in Swansea, Wales. Tom Brandt Lauritzen, Denmark’s national coach, is also glad to have Frederik on his team. “Fup is a player who adapts easily and approaches challenges with humility and hard work” he said.

We couldn’t be happier with these last news about Frederik, who will be joining BIWPA again in 2015 to continue his improvement and learn a lot more water polo. Congrats Fup, we’re really proud!

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