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Necessary question. How did you get started in this sport and what are your earliest memories in the water?

I wasn’t a very good swimmer and since I was tall, the club suggested that I try water polo… After my first day of practice I had decided I was going to play water polo… I had a great time.

Your career in Spain was mainly developed in the CE Mediterrani winning the league title in the 2002-2003 season. What do you remember from that time?

 During my time with CE Mediterrani I remember being around the best players. Most were part of the Spanish selection, so each practice was a luxury because of the high level and discipline they had. There I learned to love the essence of water polo, there was no financial aid or national teams or club level… so it was putting in the hours and effort to enjoy the sport.

Simultaneously the first international successes started with the junior selection in Loule and Calgary 

I remember those summers, with coach Mar Sanromà, we worked very hard, many hours training and a lot of discipline. We knew this was the only way for good results. Also it was the first time that we would with a psychologists and biomechanics. And all that effort served a purpose, the first medals came in women’s water polo categories (bronze in El Europeo in Loule and bronze in the world championship in Calgary)

You were part of the team that participated in the 2003 World Championship in Barcelona that is considered the precursor of the current generation that has achieved much success.How is it playing the World Championship at home?

Being 20 years old and one of the smallest/shortest on the team I remember it was brutal, throughout the championship I had goose bumps. I couldn’t believe that so many people looked up to us, followed us and enjoyed our games. I remember it as one of the most important moments in my career.

Thanks to that generation, the plan ADO entered with all that it entails. It seems people forget that there was women’s water polo before [now] What changes have you noticed since then? 

The people who spent years in the world of women’s water polo know that without this generation, the women’s water polo world as we know it now probably wouldn’t exist. There were players who trained every day after a hard day’s work, who asked for vacation time to go to stages or tournaments, who  “mortgaged” there summer so that could be “full with the selection, and all this without financial compensation… it was admirable. Thanks to that team and that first ADO, some players from the selection could be without a job, or could continue their studies. The ADO grants are essential for the players to devote sufficient time to polo for great results, otherwise it would be almost impossible.

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In 2004 you went to the United States where you won an NCAA ring in your first season. How is water polo across the Atlantic?

It is hard water polo, many hours of training/practice and a lot of disciple. The workouts had a starting time but no end, hours of meetings, you had to study film of rivals before the game, etc. When your goal is to win in the NCAA [title] there is a lot of pressure. Additionally, in the case of having a “full scholarship”, the continuity depends on your academic and sports results.

 Having studied in America, Has it helped you now going back into the workplace?

 It helps to have a career in the US and have a high level of English. The latter is critical today in any career.

Later you return to Spain where in the 2009-2010 season you reclaimed the league championship with Mediterrani some of which have then been a very important part of the current national team…

 It is the league that I remember most fondly. It was a tough year in many ways, but we know how to cope very well: we were very disciplined (we withstood whichever training they threw at us), talented players… but it was the attitude in the water and good relationship between us which made us win this league and made it memorable. I can assure you that any player that formed part of this team remembers that season specially.

 And then you decided to go on a trip to the birthplace of world water polo, Hungary. There you won second place twice in the league. What are your memories of that experience?

 I was coming from the U.S., where everything is based on discipline and hard work, so I was shocked to see a totally different type of water polo… One based off talent. Seeing 12-15 year old kids with a ball control that players in Spain only achieved in the last years of their careers leaves you speechless. And this is because in Hungary they start at a young age working on individual technique and ball control.

Probably, what has stayed with me of those years is having been on a team with some of the best players of Hungarian history.

 Not to mention the silver you won with the selection in the 2008 European Championship in Malaga….

 Unforgettable…  how the fans encouraged us in that championship! Waiting for us outside the pool to sing to us, encourage us… we really enjoyed it. I remember the semifinal game that we won against Hungary, it was very exciting. And even then we lost the final, we were ecstatic to get the first medal of the women’s water polo in a major competition.

 What have been your best and worst memories in this sport?

 I can’t decide on just one good memory, probably I could summarize it in three:

 -The games won and lost that marking a turning point in my career and my development as a player

-The times in practice and traveling with my teammates, that makes you remember everything lived with a special affection.

-And all the moments and games shared, both the selection and the club, with my sister (Cristina Pardo). I wouldn’t have enjoyed everything in the way that I did without having her by my side.

The worst memory probably is the day that I decided to stop playing water polo, I still miss it. But there always comes that time when one must make that decision and not look back, because in reality, there are many wonderful things waiting for us outside of the pool.

 What advice would you give to younger [players] given your experience? 

Two things:

– To get anything (go to the selection, win a league or to play more minutes in club) you must work hard… there will be disappointments and failure, and these will be what help us achieve our goals, otherwise we would never get there

Water polo is a part of life that we must take advantage of and live intensely, but it is not the only thing.  Never stop studying and have other dreams and goals outside of the water.

Lets talk about BIWPA. What do you think and what can they offer to current water polo? 

BIPWA is a great project, and I think the key lies in the variety of programs, being able to combine them with studies and cultural diversity. I think that to play at another level it’s essential to enrich learning different ways of understanding water polo, and this program can offer this experience to developing players.

In BIWPA we are celebrating. In conjunction with the Balear Swimming Federation and with the indispensable collaboration of Blanca Gil, we have developed the first Blanca Gil water polo camp from August 23rd to the 29th at the sports facilities of Son Hugo in Palma de Mallorca. Once one of the best water polo players in the world, she will be with the promising youth of water polo daily to train and form the future men and women players coming from all over the world.

With the usual methodology BIWPA utilizes in all its camps, two training sessions everyday combined with various complementary activities, players attending born between 1997 and 2003 can establish their own pattern of exercise adopted from the most acclaimed athletes.

Blanca Gil will be part of the technical staff and will be an essential pillar, for her long professional career is a very important element. She was named the best female water polo player in the world on four occasions (2005, 2007, 2009 & 2013) and she has played in Spain and Italy where she triumphed achieving great success. Additionally, she was an international player with the national team becoming a benchmark for Spanish athletes.

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Thus BIWPA continues the objectives set from its inception with the spread of water polo at the national and international level and the promotion of high-level performance. We are grateful for the close collaboration with the Balear Swimming Federation and their support of water polo. BIWPA returns to Mallorca after the success of the Easter camp on the island.

In short, the boys but the girls especially- given the figure of Blanca Gil- have an incredible opportunity with BIWPA from August 23rd to 29th in Mallorca. If you were born between 1997 and 2003 this is your chance to learn from one of the best Spanish water polo players.

Blanca Gil, BIWPA and the Balear Federation are waiting for you!

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¿Cuáles fueron tus inicios a nivel de club?

En un club muy humilde de Brasil. Tenía un entrenador que era un enamorado de este deporte, Paulo Rogelio. Entrenábamos mucho recuerdo. Después mi hermano Kiko con 25 y yo con 15 jugamos el Mundial de Fukuoka con Brasil. Hablé con Iván Pérez le comenté que tenía pasaporte y que quería jugar en España.

¿Y cómo acaba esa historia?

Tuve la suerte que Guillermo Molina acababa de fichar por el Pescara y había una plaza en el CN Barcelona. Toni Esteller –que es de los que arriesga- fichó a mi hermano que fue el primero en llegar y yo posteriormente.

Más tarde decides por marchar a Italia…

Sí. Yo tenía ese sueño de jugar la competición de las grandes estrellas. Surgió la oportunidad de ir a un club que era muy bueno para los jóvenes como era el Savona. En aquel momento tenía 21 años.

¿Cómo es el Pro Recco como club y compartir vestuario con las grandes estrellas?

Muy profesional. La ciudad vive el deporte como locos. Es un pueblo de 10.000 personas pero sí que es verdad que la relación con los jugadores es muy profesional. Están volcados en el resultados. Recuerdo que el primer año perdimos la Copa de Europa y al final de temporada nadie sabía quién iba a seguir el próximo año. El segundo año ya la ganamos y nos quedamos más tranquilos.

Hablemos ahora de tu etapa con la selección española.

El primer éxito con España es el bronce en Mar de la Plata. Y luego nueve años increíbles con la absoluta. Quizás no tuvimos la suerte de obtener un oro pero dado el contexto internacional yo lo veo como un logro. Es una etapa muy importante de mi vida en la que he construido muchas amistades y que las tendré toda la vida.

El elemento social en tu incorporación a Brasil es importante me imagino ¿no?

Así es. He visto algo más que las medallas. La función real del deporte de Alto Rendimiento. Gracias a esto he podido crear un proyecto social en Río de Janeiro de 100 niños que me llenan mucho. A veces se olvida de que el deporte también puede hacer personas mejores. En Brasil esto es una herramienta increíble. Además el waterpolo que es un deporte muy completo con valores como el equipo, el sacrificio…

Tengo que preguntártelo. ¿Cómo es Ratko Rudic de entrenador?

Es una legenda de este deporte. En Brasil decimos que si viene alguien con cuatro oros olímpicos y te dice que te rompas la cabeza contra la pared, lo haces (risas). Fuera bromas, le han propuesto un reto impresionante. Es un entrenador muy exigente pero vamos todos a una con él.

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Felipe Perrone en uno de los campus BIWPA

¿Qué será después de Rio para Felipe Perrone…?

Esa es una buena pregunta. Con sinceridad, no lo sé. Tengo presente que cada día es más difícil vivir de este deporte pero hay que saber prepararse para el día de después. En la selección el grado de Licenciados se ha incrementado muchísimo en los últimos años y esto es un dato muy importante. Yo he acabado mi Grado en ADE y ahora pienso en prepararme como entrenador y quiero hacer un Master pero la olimpiada de 2016 lo hace difícil.

En relación a las últimas noticias que han aparecido de que hay varios clubes que atraviesan momentos delicados en el plano económico… ¿Estamos ante una desprofesionalización del waterpolo en España?

Sinceramente me duele. Es una pena que muchos jugadores no puedan dedicarse a este deporte. Yo he vivido un momento en el que se invertía mucho dinero pero esto ha cambiado. En lugar de quejarme prefiero ver su lado positivo. Es momento de reestructurar el waterpolo español y hacerlo más sostenible. Como modelo profesional hay que buscar nuevas iniciativas que nos permitan dedicarnos a este deporte. Lo que se hace hoy en día es de héroes con la dedicación que hay y lo poco que se gana.

Para cerrar la entrevista me gustaría que hablemos de BIWPA. Desde el principio has estado al 100% con nosotros. ¿Qué le has visto?

Yo creo que sobre todo es la idea y la capacidad que tiene BIWPA de desarrollar el deporte. Su potencial para enganchar a más gente en este deporte y disfrute del waterpolo.

Estamos viendo como empiezan a ver diferentes iniciativas privadas donde antes estaba lo público… ¿Cómo lo ves?

Yo lo veo bien. En base al concepto de responsabilidad social corporativa, es un camino para buscar a las empresas. Por qué no una empresa puede asociar su imagen a un deporte. Sinceramente si supiéramos vender la imagen del waterpolo sería uno de los caminos para emprender .

¿Qué recomiendas a los chicos para que vengan a BIWPA?

Lo veo como una posibilidad para ver el waterpolo de forma más intensa y una manera de conocer otras personas, otras culturas de todo el mundo y relacionarte con personas con el mismo gusto. Al final se juntan grupos humanos increíbles. Es un aprendizaje como persona y deportista.

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We are retaking this session in relation to the BIWPA Camp Manel Estiarte that will be held in the end of June in the facilities of Club Natació Barcelona.

Manel Estiarte is, if not the best, then one of the best water polo players that this sport has ever seen. For his merits he was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007. He was the Olympic Champion in Atlanta 1996 and won Olympic silver in Barcelona 1992, he was the World Champion in Perth 1998, got silver in Perth 1991 and Rome 1994, he won silver in the European Championship in Athens  1991 and bronze in Sheffield 1993.

On the club level he obtained two European Cups – one with CN Barcelona and another one with an Italian club, Pescara. Among his merits are also found 9 national leagues (5 with CNB and 4 with Pescara), 11 national cups (5 in Spain and 6 in Italy), and the Prince of Asturias Award in sports, along with other individual titles… oh! And the world’s best water polo player 7 years consecutively… next to nothing.

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Manel Estiarte was born in Manresa (Catalonia) in 1961. He started practicing swimming early, and from there moved to water polo. From his early years he showed remarkable skills at ball possession. During his sport career he formed part of the Spanish senior national water polo team on 580 occasions and scored over 1.500 goals for Spain in international competitions. With 19 years he debuted in the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, and since then he did not miss any Olympics till Sydney 2000 where he bore the flag of the Spanish delegation during the opening ceremony. After the Olympic Games in Sydney Manel Estiarte decided to finish his career.

Since his retirement from the swimming pool his life has been being connected with sports through clubs, such as FC Barcelona and, currently, FC Bayern Münich, always together with his friend Pep Guardiola.

The club of his life is CN Barcelona, on the facilities of which will take place the Camp that is named after him. Manel Estiarte certainly possesses the widest variety of personal and team awards  and is considered to be the best of all times for his talent and dexterity. For all that, a chance to visit the Camp and to meet personally the greatest athlete is a unique opportunity for all the promising waterpolo players who are forming the future of our sport.

Do you want to train with the triple Women’s European Champion coach?

Nani Guiu will be our coach at the Water Polo BIWPA Summer Camp in the High Performance Training Centre of Sant Cugat. Also, those young female players from around the world will have a great opportunity to join water polo practices under the supervision of one of the best women coaches in Europe…

The Camp will take place from July 19th until July 25th at the CAR (High Perfomance Training Centre) of Sant Cugat for all those boys and girls born between 1997 and 2003.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to train closely with Nani Guiu, what a great experience!

For more information, visit our website o write us at info@biwpa.com

In BIWPA you will be combining training sessions with other activities, because we are aware that not all about summer camps is water polo. Also, we want to offer you the opportunity to take part of the Barcelona’s charm enjoying the city with several options during Manel Estiarte Camp and CAR Camp.

Therefore, in addition to train and learn from the best about this sport, there is also available three extra optional activities separated from BIWPA Camp price.

1. Locals Barceloneta Surf

A surf company along Barceloneta beach and a cheap opportunity to have fun surfing the Mediterranean waves. “A great upper body and arms workout session” like Felipe Perrone said, who is also a surf lover.

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2. Barcelona Bike Tour

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world and a famous attraction for millions of tourists. Barcelona has many typical places to visit and hides many other secrets too, that you can discover riding around in a healthy way, our bicycle tour.
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3. Port Aventura

It is one of the best theme parks in Spain. Port Aventura has a lot of history, many families have experienced their attractions year after year. It is one of the highlights that we can offer as an extra activity to release adrenaline at the legendary Dragon Khan.
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Although our Water Polo Summer Camps ended a couple of weeks ago, many parents and kids have wanted to take the end of the holiday to give us their opinion about their stay at our campus. Our Water Polo Summer Camps have been a success, and we are delighted with the beautiful words that many participants have shared with us. Among all, we have chosen some so you may know about what it’s like to train with BIWPA.

And for those who have not been able to send your impressions, we invite you to make a comment at the bottom of this page, we want to know how was your stay with us!

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“You learn a lot of new things very quickly and is a great mix of fun and water polo. The only thing I would change is to spend more time on campus, it has been an unforgettable experience.” Frederik, 16, Denmark.

“Everything in the BIWPA’s Water Polo Summer Camp is high performance, even the coaches.” Rafa, 15, Brazil.

“The workouts have been impressive on a technical level. BIWPA’s Water Polo Summer Camp is pure perfection.” Alberto, 14, Spain.

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“Lauren has had a wonderful time on campus. The coaches, boys and girls of the campus and the opportunity to play with older teams has been amazing. It has been a magical experience that Lauren will not forget.” Joan, father, UK.

“I want to thank BIWPA to organize such a wonderful and such a professional and caring experience. Frederik spent the best week of his life, and now only talks about BIWPA, their coaches, Barcelona and water polo. I’m sure this will not be the last time Frederik participates in a BIWPA’s program, and I will share the BIWPA experience on our water polo club as much as I can.” Christian, father, Denmark.

“I want to thank BIWPA staff for the interest and care they’ve taken with Iason and Kimon. Together they have created a friendly atmosphere that has contributed to the success of the campus. Kimon and Iason are already preparing their participation for next year.” Manolis, father, Greece.

“Miquel has come delighted with BIWPA experience, the level of training has been intense (more exercises in the water, longer and at a higher performance) and has loved to see the Spanish women’s water polo.” Antonio Martin, father Spain.

For every athlete is very important to have quality material and a nutritious and balanced diet. In BIWPA we are very grateful to be able to transmit these values ​​to our boys and girls thanks to big companies that trust us.

We want to thank them for their kind support and confidence in our project. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Bea Ortiz and Joel Esteller for posing with products from our partners for this pictures.Thank you very much!

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TURBO
Turbo was created more than half a century ago by the Masso family, and today is one of the leading brands of sports equipment.
Their specialty  is water polo and swimming sporting equipment and products, which they do coddling its design, functionality and quality.

For that, and for quite some time, Turbo products are used by record holders and worldwide international teams.

ISOSTAR 
In 1977, Isostar created the first ‘sports drink’ and since then, they have worked to meet the nutritional needs of athletes. Isostar team has the best experts and top athletes to design products that help athletes to excel and achieve their goals, whatever their level or specialty is.

Isostar is present in the routines and diets of millions of athletes, and it is the nutritional benchmark in more than thirty countries on the five continents.

NESTLÉ

Nestlé was founded by German resident in Switzerland Henri Nestlé, a pharmacist who had developed a food incapable of feeding infants at the breast in 1866.

Currently, the company has in its portfolio with baby food, bottled water, milk, ice cream, frozen food, pet food and snack.

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L’ORÉAL

L’Oréal is a cosmetics and beauty company born in France in 1907. Since then, the company has endeavored to offer all kinds of services related to skin  and hair care, sunscreen, makeup and perfumes.

Currently, the company is a pioneer in research active in the dermatological, tissue engineering and pharmaceutical fields and is the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.

VODAFONE
Vodafone is one of the leading telecom companies in Spain. Born as Airtel in 1994, in 1995 they launched its 2G mobile service; a revolution at the time. In 2001 the company was renamed Vodafone as part of the international Vodafone group, one of the ten largest companies in the world today.

Vodafone has been a pioneer in telecommunications, the first company  in Spain with a 4G network. Always staying true to the same motto: ‘We want to improve the lives of people, these being more and more connected in a mobile world. “

PUNT FRESC
Punt Fresc  is a Catalan food company which work is based on the benefits and variety of the Mediterranean diet. It started as a family business in 1957, selling fruit and vegetables in the Catalan markets. For its success, it became a Wholesale. And after some time, they decided to open its first street stores. Their commitment has always been maintaining the quality level of the market food, but move it to the supermarkets to bring people a easier way to buy it.

In 2001 Punt Fresc brand was finally born, and now it’s an unquestionable synonymous with freshness, tasty, healthy and comfort.

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After the success of the two weeks of our water polo Easter Camp, BIWPA has prepared a great experience for those who want to improve their level of water polo this summer. In order to do this, we have available two very special Summer Camps!

Both camps maintain Biwpa’s philosophy, sports empowerment through individual athlete development.

This sports program is directed by Biwpa’s coaches, who apply the methodology, the technification, the intensity and rigor that characterizes all of our programs. It is also a perfect opportunity to improve your language skills, as this camp offers the possibility of taking English or Spanish classes for players who wish so.

On one hand, you have the opportunity to sign up at the Water Polo Summer Camp to be held in Club Natació Barcelona (CNB). This campus, which will take place from June 30th to July 13th, is perfect for all those athletes (boys and girls) born between 1998 and 2003 who love the beach. CNB facilities allow this campus to do certain leisure activities related to the beach. Those attending the campus will not only improve their water polo level but they will also enjoy beach sports during their stay on campus. You can find more information here.

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From July 14th to August 10th , we have a Water Polo Summer Camp to be held in the CAR of Sant Cugat. This campus is designed for boys and girls born between 1997 and 2002. In it, the athletes will not only improve their game, but will have the opportunity to live the experience of elite athletes, enjoying facilities of sporting excellence and an unique sporting environment. If you want to know more about this campus, you will find more information here.

The summer camps, available for attendees  in half and full board, are made with the help of Kap7-Turbo and Isostar. It is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the summer, as they enhance sport and  linguistic and cultural immersion, creating friendships and relationships without borders in a playfu , fun and very friendly atmosphere.

If you want to sign up at our Water Polo Summer Camps, you can do so here. And if you have any question, please mail to info@biwpa.com.

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