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We have talked to Rosie Morris, former captain of the GB Water Polo Team, about her career, the current situation of water polo in the UK and her upcoming collaboration with BIWPA, where she will conduct a master class at the Reading Summer Camp.

First of all, welcome to the BIWPA family. What do you expect from this camp?

I’m expecting a really high level camp with a real mixture of ages, abilities and levels of experience. Hopefully there will be a mix of nationalities participating, as it’s a great opportunity for kids to meet new water polo friends from all over, while making huge improvements in their game. There’s a great mix of coaches too, so it will be brilliant to be a part of the team, whilst learning and passing on my expertise as well.

You will share this experience with Ciara Gibson, with who you represent GB Team at London 2012…

It will be great to coach alongside my GB teammate and good friend Ciara, with the different perspectives and ideas we can each bring. Ciara has played in the Spanish league for many years and is one of the best left handers there is, which showed in Mataro’s recent success in the LEN Trophy, so she brings the knowledge and experience from there. I’ve played in goal for GB for over ten years, including two years as captain, so have collected plenty of international match experience (and so much training too!) in different competitions, so hope that I can bring plenty of goalkeeper-specific knowledge to the camp, and hopefully some different perspectives from the many coaches I have had over the years.

It was the first GB women’s water polo team to compete at the Olympic Games. A great achievement I guess…

Yes, it was a great achievement for our team and for everyone who had given so much to water polo in Great Britain. When we found out that London was set to host the 2012 Games, we knew there was a small chance that we would be able to go, but a lot depended on our results and on being able to prove that we could compete with the other teams. We trained unbelievably hard and were awarded a host place in the Games as a result, which was the best feeling!!

What does it mean to have been part of the Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games is what every athlete dreams of, so to play in an Olympics on home soil was even more special, with my friends and family there to support me. When I first made it on to the senior team aged 17 we used to lose to the top teams by about 20 goals (or more!), so although we didn’t get the victories we hoped for in the Olympics, we got so close to the best teams and gave them all a scare!

What is your favorite moment from your career?

My favorite moment from my career is walking out on to poolside for the first game of the Olympics in London and hearing the enormous roar of the home crowd. The noise was just incredible and I got goose bumps all over from the feeling of sheer exhilaration. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so proud!

How did you end up playing water polo?

I was a swimmer, and my older sister used to play water polo in the pool next to where I did my swimming training. It looked like fun, so when I stopped swimming as competitively aged about 15, I began water polo and loved it. I started playing outfield, but at GB trials when I was 17 I was asked to train to be a goalkeeper.

What do you think about the current situation of water polo in the UK?

It’s a real shame after the London 2012 Olympics, where we hoped to build a fantastic lasting legacy for water polo and help our sport grow, but instead we are now in the sad situation where water polo is completely unfunded by UK Sport and British Swimming, with no senior GB teams for men or women and nothing for young players to aspire to. I hope the situation will change, but until team sports are regarded in a higher importance, or big changes are made within the sporting organisations, water polo will stay at the amateur level that it has slipped back to.

How important do you think these camps are for the improvement of the kids?

These camps are great opportunity for the kids to really develop as water polo players. Learning in an intense water polo environment with others of similar age and ability will help them to pick up the skills they need and make huge improvements in their game, whilst also making new friends and enjoying the game.

What is your opinion about BIWPA’s project?

The BIWPA’s project is fantastic. The more kids we can encourage to play and develop as water polo players the better, and it’s great that BIWPA is bringing their venture to England this year.

In our water polo camp in Rading from the 14th to 20th of August you have a chance to improve your Water Polo skills in a fun and testing environment. at BIWPA, we understand the importance for development of players for the future, for this reason we have organised our first camp of water polo in England.

The camp will take place in Reading, near London, and participants will stay at the spectacular Bradfield College. A unique location in the heart of England where young hopefuls, aged 12 to 16 years, will have everything you need without having to leave the premises.

 Throughout the week participants will have the opportunity to train hard to help improve their tactical and technical water polo skills. At the camp using our methodology we will aim to teach the participants about all aspects of water polo to help them improve as much as possible in the week.

 There will also be a special coach coming with us for the camp: Ciara Gibson from CN Mataro. She is born to English parents but has lived in Catalonia since childhood. She played with Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics and this season made history with her team to win the first trophies for the club, the Copa de la Reina against CN Sabadell and LEN Trophy against the powerful, Greek Vougliameni.

Accompanied by our co-founder Yuri Colet, the only possibility is to improve your skills for further progress in water polo. This week provides participants with a wealth of experience from all the coaches, that will help their development greatly.

 And if you have never visited London, we offer the opportunity to spend a whole day in this glorious city.

One of the features of our camps is the large number of companies that care about the world of sport and that wish to contribute to each of our initiatives that involves young people desiring to improve.

In the camps that we have organized this Easter Vacation in Barcelona and Mallorca we have much to be grateful for to all the companies that have helped us by donating their products.

Brands linked to the sport

The relation between BIWPA and the Turbo brand is one of the most consolidated, since the beginning we have been provided with their support and collaboration in all our camps. For us it is very important that all of our participants have the chance to use some of the leading products in the world of swimming and water polo, like Turbo.

Further, Isostar, a company specializing in sports nutrition, has provided its products to our young water polo players in all the camps. From isotonic drinks to energy bars providing a faster recovery of the mind and body after their trainings.

Veri is another company that has given us their support. By providing us with their natural mineral water and offering the proper hydration of athletes, they are strengthening their tie between sport and health.

New collaborators in 2016

This year we also have 2 new collaborators: Danone and Nocilla. Both brining much happiness to our athletes at snack time. The kids enjoyed vanilla and chocolate flavors of Danet, Actimel, and Nocilla Sticks.

These are the small details that give our camps an extra edge and more importantly it is something that the participants are very grateful for. The young athletes who have repeated our camps have mentioned the importance of these brands and their products.

In this moment we want to mention all of the companies that have taken part: Turbo, Isostar, BiC, Quely, Veri, Danone, Nocilla and Laboratories Stada, to whom we are very grateful that they have put their trust in us.

For us, a company supports a sport like water polo is more of an incentive for us to keep on working towards the advancement of this sport and people who shape it.

Lastly, we want to thank our contributors once again for their help and we hope that we can continue to collaborate with you in the future. We believe that with your support there is more opportunity for success of our young water polo athletes.


dani sulla
Goalkeepers Dani Sullá (Catalunya, Valencia Waterpolo, CN Barcelona) and Ana Copado (Ruby, CE Mediterrani, Montjuïc, Sant Andreu and CN Terrassa) will be with us for the Easter Camp, collaborating with the goalies who will join us. Both with a lot of experience in the goal. Dani has more than fifteen years in Division de Honor and Ana also having great experience to show in her display case with a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Great news we wanted to share with everyone because we emphasized on previous occasions in training goalkeepers in our Camp. In this 2016 year, we could not go wrong with this peculiar position within water polo.
dani sullaBIWPA has always had a special attachment to goalies. It is not an easy position. Responsibility is high and more when you’re “the last defense against the goal” as Ana Copado says. It is the most individualistic position, “half of the team is the goalkeeper in water polo” we mentioned Dani Sullá, a direct disciple of Jesus Rollan who shaped him in CN Catalunya and does not hide what a privilege it was to grow as goalkeeper with his idol.
The two of them have asked for some statements that Dani Pinedo who we mentioned in our blog alluding to the lack of care given to goalkeepers in Spain. Both agreed on what the keeper of Atlétic Barceloneta said. The lack of staff in most of the clubs leaves many goalkeepers neglected. “80% of the goalkeeper training was not adapted to our needs. In Spain this position has been self-learning “ emphasizes Sullá . For Ana Copado, she mentioned that “except in the selection, it is difficult to find clubs that have a person dedicated to this position.”
For this reason the two goalkeepers encourage goalies to attend the camp and help guide them to find “your style and way of being a keeper” as Dani Sullá says. ana copadoAna Copado says she wants to convey the experience and advice she has gained over twenty years practicing this sport.
So goalkeepers! This Easter you will have two teachers of the three clubs to lend you all the attention of the world and continue to grow as people and athletes. A unique opportunity that can only be found in our water polo camp.

The TEWAM European Water Polo Tournament organized by Club Marbella for youngest players has become a reference. The most representative clubs in Spain and Europe do not want to miss a classic event where young people, in addition to practice and compete in the sport they love, create a fraternity trying to maintain over time. That´s why BIWPA started last year collaborate with TEWAM.

The TEWAM began with the dispute of twenty ten games between the teams that have registered. Not surprisingly Catalan sets, Jerez or the A team of Waterpolo Marbella have become the highlights of day winning every game they have played.

Also, the atmosphere that has occurred in the stands of the indoor pool of the complex Serrano Lima, can only be likened to the big occasion. Family, friends, fans of water polo in general and the heads of clubs and the federation estates have a special color to the competition itself to what really is the quote: one of the best water polo events quarry which They held in Spain. Event, which incidentally, has been copied by other clubs and are held throughout the year.


When did you start playing water polo?

I started when I was just 6 years old, in the ancient municipal swimming pool in Sabadell, where, at the time, the teams of CN Sabadell were training. I did a test for swimming, but I was told that I only could join water polo, I said yes, but I have to confess that I had no idea of was water polo was.

I got hooked immediately, and a few years later I entered “Escola Santa Clara” of the CNS and little by little I went crazy for this sport.

Your career began in CN Sabadell. What do you remember of this first stage of training?

The truth is that I keep very good memories, I spent many years playing there and every time I play there as a visitor it feels very strange. With Sabadell I had the luck to coincide with good coaches and, above all, great people like Rupert Navarro, Pere Carrasco, Xavi Balaguer, David Palma, and Jordi Millán; from each of them I learned things and they helped me a lot at any time, after all, these are things that we take for ourselves from the sport.

It was a pity that at the same time as I, some of them were forced to leave the club, but life goes on and we all have found our place!

You played in that team B of the CNS that competed in both First and Second National Division. What did those games give to you personally for your growth as a player?

I think those were the years that I enjoyed playing the most. We were a very young team and we wanted to show that we deserved a place in the first team or in the Honorary Division. I believe that playing in that team helped us to train very much, there played people as José Motos, Marc Soler, Carlos Sánchez, Jordi Mardones, Borja Fenoy, and someone else that I forgot, and finally they proved to have the sufficient skill to play on the top level.

The change from youth to senior team is very big and I think that this intermediate step was the key step for the adaptation. Those are leagues where the weekly games are a struggle to the death, you play against players who have already built their careers in the Honorary Division, and this gives you a priceless experience at this age.

It is a pity that due to the current economic situation, no team is capable of supporting a team B with its budget. But even so, every year players from youth squads raise to the first teams, which is the most important thing, after all. In the absence of the possibility to have youth teams, it is vital that the clubs have patience and trust their people.


In the 2012-2013 season, you were signed by CN Catalunya to play in the Honorary Division. What changes did you notice having played in the highest level competition?

The truth is that at first this change was not easy, you change the city, game philosophy, your teammates… this makes you a bit nervous, but from the first day in CN Catalunya they treated me as if I was at home, so it was very easy to adapt.

In Sabadell I used to train with the first team, and with that I did not notice any big difference in terms of training level. The big difference was to have the opportunity to play every week at the top level, and to have the power to assume the responsibilities.

This was a complicated step for me, but as it is usually said, when when one door closes, another opens, and this was indeed the case!

How is going to be this season for CN Catalunya?

Well, we have a team with a potential, there are many new faces and this requires some time to adapt. We have learn how to be a little more stable than the last season and in this way we will be able to consolidate our team in the positions that we want.

Little by little, we get to know each other better, we begin understanding each other at a glance and now when our league starts I am sure that good results will appear.

The important thing is to work hard at all the training sessions, and there is no secret, you play as you train!

Entering the BIWPA team, what attracted your attention to this project?

When it appeared, I immediately thought that it was a fantastic idea, and having become involved, I could make sure that it was indeed.

Very interesting projects that have never been created before are developed here. It is fantastic to see many and many teams from all over the world coming every year to Barcelona to visit us.

Apart from the Camps, that have been successful so far, we also managed to work with the best professionals. For kids it is a luxury to be able to participate in a camp with authentic champions like Dani Pinedo, Anni Espar, Felipe Perrone, Ana Copado, coaches like Nani Guiu, and sports professionals like Xesco Espar. With names like these words only get in the way!

This year you play a vital role for BIWPA guiding the water polo camps. What are you preparing for the players who want to come to the camps?

BIWPA Camps are a quality guarantee; there the players will be able to meet great coaches and to make friends from all over the world. Also, they are always organized in fantastic facilities, like those of CAR and CNB, in case of the camps that take place in Barcelona.

The day program of camps is very interesting. Besides the two training sessions where the participants will work thoroughly on all the technical aspects, and besides individual and collective tactics, we also have sessions of video analysis to be able to internalize the technical gestures that they will work on every day. Without forgetting the interesting workshops, like the one of interpretation of the rules or the one led by professional physiotherapists who show the exercises that help to prevent injuries.

I am crazy for water polo and I would have liked if there had been a Camp like that when I was a kid. When I see the kids’ happy faces during Masterclasses with the international players who come to our camps, I die of envy.

What is the role that the coaches play in training athletes?

They play a fundamental role; apart from having knowledge, it is very important to know how to transmit it. Apart from “what”, “how” is even more important. Every player takes something of each and every coach they have. Therefore, without realizing this, the coach becomes a fundamental part of the water polo skills of the player.

We have the big luck that all BIWPA coaches are top professionals, and are capable of transmitting perfectly our philosophy.

Original interview in Enfermos del Balón Amarillo.

Barcelona is one of the most important cities when talking about water polo. It has been the host to the Olympic Games (1992), Worlds (2003 and 2013), European Cups (2014 and 2015 Final Six) and will host the European Championships in 2018. The city also contains very excellent facilities that allow athletes to develop into their full potential. We could highlight all of the terrific aspects of the city, but the list is endless so we will only refer to a few:
  • High Performance Center of Sant Cugat CAR 
This is the birthplace of the Spanish Olympics. Because of there facilities, they have harvested some of the most well known Olympic sport legends. With a lot of sweat and tears these prestigious athletes have reached the highest level in their respected sports.
  • Blume
If the CAR is the cradle, Joaquin Blume of Barcelona is the residence and genesis of Spanish water polo and all of its successes. The golden generation of great deeds has brought them international success for which they are known today.
  • Municipal pools of Montjuic
These pools are indescribable. They overlook all of Barcelona and they are the the usual venue for major events that the city hosts. With the beautiful views of Barcelona, great facilities and athletic attraction these pools have been proclaimed world champions of Europe.
But this is does not contain the facilities and in the city and its surroundings where many teams participate in friendly matches and trainings in order to improve the competitiveness of the sport.
Therefore, for those athletes who have contacted BIWPA, Barcelona offers multiple opportunities. Since 2014, nearly 20 teams from around the world have used Barcelona International Waterpolo Academy to prepare for a major event or simply to progress as a team through competition.
And the opportunity BIWPA offers in this area is unmatched. Barcelona has seen teams from Sweden, United States, Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, France … and many have come back to enjoy this experience once more.
Of course there is a special collaboration with the many different Catalan clubs that reside in this area. This collaboration has allowed teams that have come through BIWPA to play against these remarkable clubs.
Finally, sports aside, there are countless opportunities offered in one of the most important cities in the world. Overlooking the Mediterranean, as it has always been throughout its history, Barcelona has many things to see: jewels of Modernism and contemporary architecture, markets, treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval town …
Barcelona Gauí

Barcelona Gauí

The Club Natació Barcelona celebrates 108 years of its history. It has been a pioneering club and, until recent years, one of the bastions of Spanish and international water polo.

It was Bernard Picornell who introduced water polo in the CNB and in Spain at the beginning of XXth century. The first match played was in 1908 and since then this sport has always been being present on the shores of the Mediterranean.

In the middle of the twenties, the CNB opened the swimming pool of the Escullera (Breakwaters), a symbol of the water polo in Spain and place where the main players of the club originated.

Up to a few years ago, the CNB was a club that dominated this sport in Spain with infinity of national titles that moved it up to the highest level. The clearest example of that time of splendor [glory] is the ancient swimming pool of the club that today is closed to the public, but those who could live great moments in this swimming pool will always remember the great episodes that took place there.

CNB, 1944. / Waterpolo Legends

CNB, 1944. / Waterpolo Legends

The achieved titles and championships [that were won] are collected in the showcase of the CNB, attesting to how big this club has been and where players of big international prestige have served, like Manel Estiarte, who is probably the most famous for being an outstanding player. To beginning of the eighties, it managed to win the continental title beating the team of Spandau 04. Also, in the middle of the nineties they had obtained a LEN Cup, a title that they repeated almost ten years later.

It was perhaps the last big title that they achieved. After this, the economic problems appeared continuously, thus the club is losing competitiveness but keeps hope and enthusiasm as a flag.

So, this year they celebrate 108 years, and from BIWPA we want to wish the club many years more of long life since it is a club that has always met fondly our entity. There our campus participants have always had a place to keep on growing like sportsmen and persons and its categories teams have always proved to be ready – as those of other clubs – to collaborate with the foreign teams that come to us.

How did you learn about BIWPA?

My mother looked for a water polo campus in Barcelona and she came across BIWPA, which was good because I could learn the language and the Spanish culture.

What skills do you want to develop in the academy?

Ball handling; we work a lot with the ball and we improve both on offesnse and defense.

Why did you choose Barcelona for your training?

My mother wanted me to learn Spanish and I believed that Barcelona would be the best place for me to improve my skills.


And is it?

Yes, I came last year and this year I decided to repeat because it is a great experience. I learned many things during this time. I believe that it is a good way of integrating a new style of playing water polo with the style of the USA.

How important is meeting new people and learning languages during this process?

It is very important, the more relations I have the better I get along with them. The language can help you to function in other countries and have some additional resource to English.

Spending your second year in BIWPA, do you already feel as a veteran?

(Laughs) A little, but there is still much work to do.

Do you believe that training in BIWPA might help you to get a university scholarship?

I am going to try it, yes. If I obtained a scholarship I would feel that I have been successful in water polo, and this program is helped me to reach this goal.


Last week, October 18th-24th, the Dutch ZV de Zaan team arrived in Barcelona. Two senior teams, one male and one female with nearly forty water polo players between them. Also, a technical staff of 7 coaches joined these teams as well.
This expedition is part of the contract that the Netherlands has with BIWPA and there has been much progress with Dutch water polo. Zan de Zaan joined BIWPA in Barcelona last year where they trained in the morning and participated in matches in the afternoon. The men competed against Catalunya, Molins, Horta, and Sant Felui; while the women competed against Horta, Sant Andreu, Mataro, and Catalonia.
The results have been very positive for the Dutch team and because of their hard work, they will hopefully continue to grow and be successful.
Finally, thank you to all of the clubs who have participated in the matches. Your support is vital for all of the teams who come to Barcelona and see that they can continue to work hard and improve their skills.