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.