After being in one of our Water Polo Summer Camps, Lauren Dundee, born in 2000, has come to Barcelona to do a Short Water Polo Program with BIWPA. The Scottish player has had a personal water polo training program, with one-to-one trainings in the morning and team trainings in the evening with the Club Natació Catalunya. She also had the opportunity to train with a Dutch team (WOC Zuid), that was having a Team Training Camp with BIWPA the same week.
We had the chance to talk to Lauren last week, to know a little more about her water polo experience with BIWPA and Barcelona. And here’s what she said.
When did you start playing Water Polo?
I started playing waterpolo two years ago, when I lived in France, because It was compulsary for all the swimmers who were there, so I played two times a week. I choosed to continue because I like swimming anyway, the ball skills are quite easy to pick up, and it was good.
What values have you learned from water polo?
Most of all, team work and awareness, being aware whats going on around you and all the values of being on a team.
Why did you choose BIWPA’s Short Program?
Because I ‘m going to the Great Britain trials next year, and I would like to get in to Great Britain’s national squad. Biwpa’s training may help me (and anyone) to get into a national squad, and I would love to get in so I just want to try and become the best player that I can be. Also because I love water polo, and every opportunity that I can get to play it, is great, specially when you train in Barcelona.
Which are the main differences between the trainings in Barcelona and in Scotland?
There is a lot of differences, some of them I can’t say (laughs). Over here they focus, when I was at Biwpa last summer we had a day for each aspect to the game, so we’ve got more attention to detais whereas in Scotland there is kind of everything together.
In the Short Program you’ve been working with Enric Arnella, but last summer you were able to meet more BIWPA coaches. What do you think about them?
I though they were great, they were really good and they really care about this sport. All of them really want to do well, so they tried to do everything in their power to make you the best you could be.
What do you think of the Spanish players?
I think the Spanish players are amazing really, really good. They have a goal and they work really hard, they keep going until they achieve it.
You had also the opportunity to play with some Dutch players, are they different?
They are good but I think they are a bit more tense in the water than the Spanish players. Anyway, it was a great experience to be able to train with them.
How was your Barcelona experience?
It’s awesome, I love that, It is so much fun! It was great to play with all the different teams, because I really only played with Scottish people before so It was great to find people from Brasil, Barcelona and the United States of America, making friends… It was really great and I really enjoyed it.
Did you learned something?
I learned a lot really, even things you always need to know. This is kind of an obvious one, but before I came I didn’t really focus as much as I did in the game. I need to know exactly where the ball is, and exactly where my players are, I need to also know where my team is around me, and all of the people that I could be potentially passing to. I ‘ve learned also how much the left hand is used, though I wasn’t using that hand all the time.
Does that mean that your water polo level has improved while being at BIWPA?
Yes, definitely, before I came to Biwpa my head position was all wrong, and my passing wasn’t great. I think everything wasn’t finished off, my shooting was a mess… But then I went to BIWPA, and I got my shoot fix by one-on-one. One of the coaches we got said ‘Come along, go passing with four or five girls’. Passing with people that have a better level than me was great, I was just a little behind, but I just got to their level slowly, and that made me try harder and keep on training, so definitely I’ve improved.
I hope that means you’ll come back to BIWPA anytime soon…
Yes, I would definetely repeat. It was great fun being able to play with people better than me, and I’m definitely a better player. I was playing with people that were also teaching me too as well as the coaches. And I’ve just loved training here, it’s been a wonderful experience.
Thank you Lauren!