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How did you learn about BIWPA?

I was looking for a program that included water polo in order to finish my high school career. I searched water polo in Europe and BIWPA was one of the first results that I had found. I have studied Spanish before, so an option to pursue my water polo career in Spain really helped me make my decision.

What skills do you want to develop in the academy?

I hope to gain experience a lot of experience at the academy. The athletes who study at the university – that is where I want to play – have much more experience than I do. It takes 5 or 6 years of playing water polo in order to gain this type of knowledge. I hope to gain this type of experience with BIWPA. Also, my position is a center, so I would like to improve my defensive play.

Why did you choose Barcelona for your training?

Like I have mentioned earlier, I am familiar with the Spanish language and it seems to be a beautiful city.



What does it mean to come to Barcelona as a young water polo player?

I am not familiar with the history of water polo that exists in Spain since it is my first time here. When I came, Yuri and Cristina explained to me the long tradition of water polo that exists in Catalonia and the area of Barcelona.

And what are your first impressions?

Coming to play with BIWPA in Barcelona was a big change. It was definitely a challenge in a new city. Also, the demand for the sport was something that I had to adjust to. I was accustomed to training 2 hours for 4 days a week. When I came to Spain I training 5 hours every day.  So yes, it has been a big change for me.

How important is it to meet new people and learn a new language during this process?

Meeting new people was not the most important during this process; rather learning a new language wasthe most important to me. Knowing a different language can help you find work in the future, now I can speak Spanish!

Could you say anything in Spanish now?

(Laughs) Ask me a question.

Do you believe that BIWPA might have helped you choose a university with a scholarship?

(In Spanish) I believe that yes, after 10 months I have the experience to play a higher level than ever before.

Carlo Silvestre (California, 1996), participant of BIWPA‘s Full Program, begins this weekend the season at his new club: Unio Esportiva d’Horta. Silvestre, who arrived in Barcelona on September 1st, is the first participant in a 10-month program that combines intensive water polo training and studies.

Carlo  contacted BIWPA a few months ago to participate in the Full Program, as his greatest desire is to improve his athletic performance to qualify for an athletic scholarship at an American university. The player has come to Barcelona to get ready, and could not have chosen a better academy for this than BIWPA.

BIWPA has customized the Full Program according to the needs of the player. That is why, in addition to attending Spanish classes and have two weekly reinforcement sessions with a BIWPA tutor, Carlo trains in the morning in the Club Natació Barcelona to improve his individual technique and tactics, and in the evenings, he joins his new team, the UE Horta, to compete in the Spanish Water Polo league.

Silvestre has only been in the program for a month, and he could not be more pleased with the results. “The level of water polo here is very high,” he says, “but I’m improving fast, and before the end of the program I’m sure I’ll have reached the level to get the athletic scholarship to facilitate my admission to college.” Carlo is very grateful for the good reception given to his arrival, both BIWPA an his teammates. “Everyone here is very friendly and there is always someone willing to help me improve,” he adds.

In BIWPA we are delighted to have him with us, and we hope he continues enjoying his stay in Barcelona. Cristina Marin, General Manager of BIWPA, states that “the most important thing right now is to help Carlo achive his dream to enter a university with a good water polo program, in order to grow as a student and as a water polo player. He has the necessary skills to be a good player, and I think that with our methodology, the means at his disposal and his effort, Carlo will go far. “