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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!

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

The Greek team has won the gold at the European Junior Championship that has taken place in Ostia, Italy. After beating Italy 6-7 in the final, the Greek players return home as Europe champions, repeating the title already won the European U17 in Istanbul, 2013.

At the end of the tournament, Eleftheria Plevritou, one of the players combined Greek, has won the  MVP title, while teammate Chrysuola Diamantopoulou, was chosen best goalkeeper.

The Spanish team, after losing to Greece in the semifinals, got to take the bronze against the powerful Hungarian team. The “little warriors” show their possibilites after beating Hungary 6-7 in a match in which they knew perfectly how to execute the forward defense to drown the Hungarian releases.

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Xavi Pérez, female junior team coach, is more than satisfied with a “well worked” medal. Perez says “the game against Greece was very hard, but we faced them even though they were better,” he also adds that the attitude of the young players against Hungary brought to Spain this medal.

BIWPA wants to congratulate both teams for the great work done in the tournament. We hope our “little warriors” keep giving us such good news adding more titles to their resume.

The Spanish women’s water polo team has achieved the bronze medal in the World Cup which was held in Khanty Mansyisk (Russia) after beating China (7-5). Miki Oca‘s girls, with new faces given the low champions of Europe for some rest, have won the first medal in the history of Spanish women’s water polo in a World Cup.

The “warriors” have managed to remain competitive in a competition that began with a big win over Singapore (34-3), and continued with a 12-5 against China. Although they lost to Russia (7-6), were ranked first group, crossing to South Africa in the quarterfinals (12-2).

However, when meeting Australia in the semifinal they lost 8-2, leaving themselves with no option to the gold medal. In the consolation final they clearly imposed the Chinese (7-5), with a great performance by Anni Espar, BIWPA ambassadress, who scored four goals.

Again Miki Oca’s girls make history with the first medal at a World Cup and after becoming champions of Europe, demonstrating the high level of women’s water polo in Spain.

For the first time in its history, the Spanish women’s water polo team has been proclaimed European champion after defeating the Dutch team 10-5 in the final of the European Competition in Budapest.

The current world champions, who also took silver at London 2012, have achieved their first continental title after staying with silver in the European in Malaga 2008.

The Spanish team won the final with a partial 3-3, 2-0, 2-2 and 3-0. In the first quarter, the Dutch went ahead twice, but thanks to Maica Garcia and Andrea Blas, the “warriors” responded with goals in the 2 meter buoy, position they usually occupy, forming the best pair of buoys today. In the second quarter Anni Espar, BIWPA Ambassadress, changed paths with two crossed shots, the second of numerical superiority, coming to rest with a 5-3 lead.

In the third quarter, Miki Oca‘s team reached ahead 7-4 thanks to the work of Andrea Blas in her area and a setback kick of Maica Garcia from six yards. The final quarter became an offensive and defensive recital of the warriors, who scored twice (Roser Tarrago, Maica Garcia), leaving the final 10-5 that gave the gold to Spain.

BIWPA wants to congratulate  Miki Oca’s “warriors” for  this new victory and Miki himself and all his staff. It is a great moment for the Spanish women’s water polo, but we know that is just the beginning, as the “warriors” make up a team that has only changed a name in three years, with an average age of just 23 years. There are still many more wins to come. Congratulations girls!

At the beginning, I thought to talk about water polo as a sport with ephemeral success or about less social and media impact, but I am not going to appeal or complain for that, because I think this feeling should be put it behind. The point is that we are stronger because we are different, unique, and besides, we’re good. We cannot talk about minority sport attending the successful results (not only in recent seasons, but also past 2 decades), the outburst of women’s water polo, the number of clubs competing at lower levels and their technical improvement, the amazing coaching, etc. Of course we can improve more than that but this is not our feeling, at least in Catalonia where we work to be better every single day. We do things to go forward, not backwards.

If we take a look back, we find a golden 2013 year in terms of results, especially the female team: April 27th, CN Sabadell female proclaimed European Clubs Champion in Hungary, after a hellish environment in semifinals. On August 2nd, in Bernat Picornell pools in Barcelona, the Spanish Women National Team was, for the first time ever, World Champion, amid a frenzied crowd. The 25th of the same month, in Volos, Greece, the Spanish Juniors made silver medal in the World U20. And, to finish the round, the youngest, the sub17, 2 weeks later, on September 8th, made silver medal in Europe sub17 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Shortly and concisely speaking, the women’s water polo season has been spectacular. And if you take a look a little further back in time, we will see that this success is the result of a really hard work. Female silver medal in the London Olympics 2012, Female World Junior Champion in Trieste (Italy), and the silver medal the male Junior team in Greece in 2011. In the summer, the female sub17 made ​​3rd Europe in Madrid, and the male sub17 made also 3rd in Rijeka (Croatia), plus of the 1st European Cup Women won by CN Sabadell. I’ll throw no further to the head, but enough has been achieved in terms of medals and finals and semifinals played. Besides, I only speak about international results, because nationwide successes are indisputable for our water polo. And I speak for all water polo without recognizing gender or age.

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My point of view is not to compare water polo with other sports, because everyone is working to their fullest potential in terms of the (human and material) resources available, but if we look at other sports in our country, it seems difficult to find any other with same success in different categories and genres (I quote only basketball, year after year busting all medalists in men and women at all ages. BRAVO for them!).

These memories of recent times do nothing more than highlighting the results and translate the many, many hours of work and volume of desire and enthusiasm invested in our sport, water polo, both the players, the technical staff and many other people (to say the least, they do absolutely everything) that are responsible for implementing sports programs for clubs and federations.

The Spanish level has also risen, as well as the number of clubs and the overall development of water polo, but the Catalan level (which is actually the one I have more knowledge of)
has exponentially increased in recent years in terms of players, equipment, and technical structure.  A huge evolution.

A clear example of that was what happened on October 6th, coinciding with the Catalan Cup of the National League, where 43 catalan women water polo players, were rewarded for their amazing season 2012-2013 (yes!, you read well, 43!) for having been international medalists in the last season, on top of the 5 technicians who were part of the successful staffs (both in National teams and clubs). All these awards are just the tip of the spear of a sport in many places regarded as a minority, but that we consider different and unique, and that in Catalonia is very powerful and has a very good health at all ages and genders. And as far as I know,water polo is also spreading widely outside Catalonia (Basque Country, Navarra, Zaragoza and Sevilla, to cite clear examples), and scramble every day to grow in every way and without thinking whether they are better, lower or equal: they work hard. And we do too.

However, the economic situation is very, very tough. Clubs think how to get through their low incomes without dropping their investment, in my opinion, in the most important thing, the lower categories and the formation of new young players. On the other hand, the water polo Federation tries to fit this technical needs with the economic situation of the clubs (short distance commuting, short tournaments, intensification of the weekends…). Do not forget that there is always the main idea that we are “professionals” of water polo (this expression does not go with work hours, salary, etc, but it goes with the availability that each of us has). Finally this is a sport, a right and a pleasure. Just a few of us have the privilege of educating through sport.

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We would like to go out a lot more in the media, but don’t be naive … our country (Spain or Catalonia; I will not go into this debate) has no sports culture generally speaking. In fact, it just has a soccer culture! And the rest goes behind, because what people read, watch and talk about is soccer, sometimes about basketball and of course about Alonso and Nadal. This is it! The rest has to “compete” to appear rarely in the media. And if we briefly show up (due tonational and international events) it means that we are doing well, very well. Even when instantly the society forgets our effort, we keep working, just to reappear again, most of the times thanks to very engaged fans following our victories and showing how self-sacrificing this sport is. If during the season, “we catch” any article, any document, any cuts in a sports or news program, this is more than welcome! And believe me, on a smaller scale so many clubs, federations, associations, coaches and players have entered in the 2.0 age: Twitter, Facebook, profiles, blogs, web pages... with the main purpose to show up and to spread among all of us the information that we want. Although slowly, for sure these new tools are approaching to us to the rest of the world. 

To finish with, I hope that I have achieved my goal with these lines: leave the banners and prejudices that see us as a minority sport. No excuses and worries anymore, we want solutions. Instead of complaining, we should change and fit in. The only way is to work hardly, as other minority sports do. This is the only philosophy and way: feeling completely full and confident, so that step by step, we gradually achieve the same vision of those who watch us from “outside “.

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