Trieste preolympic has finished and it’s time to collect some impressions about what has happened in this appointment that gave the pass to the Olympic games. The first good news are definitely that the Spanish national team will be at Rio 2016. With a good team gaming despite they started badly the event.
Other good news are the good sensations that Canada national team have left along all the preolyimpic and they showed clear signs of the good health of the waterpolo in north America. The tie with only a few seconds left that they got against Hungary will remain for the posterity of this sport.
But for BIWPA, if there is a national team that has been the surprise team –with permission of the rest-, that has been the Holland national team. Their game has been praised for most of the experts and the brash that they have showed when fronting the rivals without caring about their level, even if they were superior a priori.
Guided by the Olympic champion Robin Van Galen, that won the Olympic Games with the woman national team, the squad has taken an undeniable leap of quality. This is in part because of the large agreement that BIWPA has with the dutch federation. There are a few points to focus in, but we will analyze two of the most importants.
The first of them are the stages that the senior national team and the lower grades realize in Barcelona, looking for a place to compete and grow as a team having in front top rivals.
This plan was created in 2014 as a consequence of two matches that in may of the same year BIWPA organized for the Dutch team. The Catalan coaches were invited and the result was magnificent. Thanks to this four Dutch players were incorporated to the Spanish competitions, being Club Natació Barcelona and Club Natació Sabadell the host clubs.
The second point is maybe one of the most noteworthy that can explain the evolution and growth of the Dutch waterpolo directed by Van Galen. In this new season 2015/2016 there are up to seven players in the Spanish top division, a very interesting aspect that has allowed, as Van Galen has recognized, to adapt the players to an extraordinary competitive level that seems to be the mainstay of his team. “We see a streamlined development in technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects in our players in Barcelona that lets them reach a better level than they had playing in Holland” , recognized the “orange” coach few months ago.
For BIWPA this preolympic has been a satisfaction as a company. When we started with the collaboration with the dutch federation, we established a Olympic program thinking in Tokio 2020, without forgetting Rio was at the corner and was a good opportunity too. We won’t deny that the non-qualification of our dutch friends has been something sad, but observing the development and knowing that is a young team, we are sure that if we continue with the same dynamic and we keep cooperating, Tokio will see the renaissance of a competitive team that can become a referent for the waterpolo in the north of Europe.