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We´ve talked with Yuri Colet, BIWPA co-founder and Manager of Gymnapolis Waterpolo Soller about his club and our following water polo camps.

This is your second season in Mallorca in front of Gymnapolis Waterpolo Soller. How do you assess an individual?
I’m learning a lot in the field of sports management and event organization. In addition to applying my methodology club in the categories that are slowly paying off. Undoubtedly the growth of water polo on the island has been notorious.

-What have been the keys in your opinion?
I think there are few teams on the island, but at the core of each team there is much technical trust and hard work hard. From my time in Baleares I see the motivation of these boys and girls. Also the support of the federation to the children’s Spanish National Championship Children’s Championship allows us to make a good following of the young and see the evolution.

– What are the next steps for water polo on the island?
We must establish a good competitive and arbitration system. And most of all I think it is important for teams from here, to go out on their own or in other foreign countries to gain experience, ideas of how kids live water polo !!

– Last weekend was the fourth edition of the tournament. All sporting success to be settled every year …
Within our means I think we’re betting on these tournaments each season will be more and we intend to keep improving and organizing more events that promote and assist Balearic water polo.

– With regard to BIWPA, as a founding partner and CTO of it, what has it provided water polo so far?
Mainly it provides opportunities for people looking to improve, have fun, learn and make friends. The methodology BIWPA is always present in all services, training camps, the camps academia, etc.
At the end our goal is to help water polo players be their best!

– The dates for the water polo Camps are approaching. What can the kids expect?
Well they should expect a technical breakfast, technical lunch, and technical dinner!! The truth is that the campus sessions focus on improving individual technique. But there is evidently no time for everything, we’ll play other sports games, see videos and certainly laugh a lot !!

Xavi, I have to tell you. You’re a classic in water polo. How did you start this love affair with water polo?

Thanks for the classic comment! Well, maybe, yes … I’ve been a player, coach, technical director and president of a club. I’ve played in all divisions of state water polo and I have also trained in all the divisions; great male and female and players. Thirty-odd years of romance with water polo.

My start was somewhat atypical. After practicing some sports, including swimming, one day at the Sabadell Swim Club I ran across veterans from a water polo team working out. They lacked goalkeeper and so I jumped in, certainly fortunately, lol … and from there I went on to train with the kids my age and in a short time started playing in the junior category and the Absolute team. It was about 1983 or ’84, and water polo snagged me for life.

Like everyone, you would have started in the water. What are your memories of that period of your life?

Well, I started swimming when I was 8 or 9 years old at the Badia facilities; newly built, but after a couple of years I fractured my arm (humerus bone), and I took a year off. After a while, I opted for football and tennis, but I had already acquired a basis to play water polo. My memories are of the mythical and now defunct “Muni” of Sabadell with his balloon. Training with Jordi Molet, Llorenç Carbo and with many players who currently are still some of my best friends, such as Pere Carrasco, Marc Alcón, Antoni Nouvilas or Joan Manel Xiberta.

When did you decide to pass from the water to the bench?

The first team I coached was the absolute feminine team the Sant Feliu Swimming Club, back in ’90. When I left the Sabadell team, I ended up in A-2 (now First) in Sant Feliu. There they proposed that I combined being the goalkeeper of the team with coaching the Women’s team and I accepted the challenge. They were two seasons in which I learned a lot and I liked being a coach. And I have never looked back. But you always feel like a player. Last season I played 1st division Catalan meetings with the absolute A from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).. against the kids who I now train!

What teams have you trained and what anecdotes could you tell us that you remember fondly?

I will recount in chronological order: Sant Feliu Swimming Club – Absolute Feminine, UAB Waterpolo – Absolute Masculine and Absolute Feminine, Sabadell Swimming Club – Absolute Masculine and Absolute Feminine and now, Poble Nou Swimming Club – Absolute Masculine and Masculine Cadet. Also, during my eight years in Sabadell I was also assistant coach with the junior teams, both masculine and feminine.

My best moments in water polo so far undoubtedly have been in the UAB Waterpolo Club. We created a club of friends with whom we came to play the First Division, playing there many seasons. I lived very intensely: as player, coach, president, managing the economy with the vice president Ermengol Llorenç … The anecdotes are endless, both in and out of the water: incredible results in relation to our structure, organized trips thinking about the after-match … and a philosophy of waterpolo that is unparalleled throughout state water polo. I should write a book!

But there is something I must tell you, that’s romantic, which is when I was coach of Sant Feliu Swim Club Feminine Team, I met a player, Olga, who I married, and she’s still is my wife. We have two children who also have become addicted to the pools. The best of water polo, haha!

Surely your great leap so far has been the Sabadell Swim Club, where you directed the absolute women’s draw …

Yes, I passed from a sensational club of friends, to accepting a professional challenge in the Club of my entire life. It was 4 years of sporting success winning 3 leagues, 2 Queen cups, reaching an F4 in the LEN Cup. We created, alongside Mateo Celma, Pere Carrasco and Toni Sánchez, all the feminine structure base of the club, and that allowed us to practically renew the entire great team we had for a very young team, which has been the basis of both Sabadell Swim Club (CNS) and the Spanish selection. They were bad times for resources and recognition of women’s water polo, but I always remember the selfless spirit and ability of work and sacrifice of that group of excellent players. Hence I took another leap at that big moment, to the Sabadell Absolute Masculine team. It was 2007.

Later you assumed the technical direction of the CNS but it did not quite jell. Why?

I collated the Technical Directorate of CNS with the post of coach of the Absolute Masculine Team for 4 years. I accepted it because it was a great dream for me. Imagine, your Club presents you the dream project. For the first time I became a full time professional. We built a project together with Pere Carrasco, who shared coaching and Technical Department duties with me, Marc Alcon as a manager responsible for the section, key managers such as Claudi Martí and a team of highly qualified coaches, basically from the Club.

The project for the masculine team was simple, but required time and patience: To provide continuity to our base-grown players to fill the absolute team with them, and for the wheel to continue rolling. In addition we would facilitate and promote their education. We wanted to create a strong Sabadell  Swim Club DNA with magnificent existing resources.

Thus, we gave meaning to our water resources, our Santa Clara School and our potential in categories (in 2008 we won all the championships of Spain of ages and we were youth champions in 2008, 09 and 10). In order to achieve that we became more flexible in technical hierarchies, we created tools and resources for our players (like the team B in 1st and 2nd Division, flexitime for studies, grants, etc.), we gave them a place in our absolute Divisón de Honor (top league in Spain) (DH), we showed them the way and instilled in them the CNS DNA. We did not want to be eternally condemned to sign up players to be up there and be proud of the fruits of labor of education of all our structures (technical, managerial and social).

In the women’s project we set a roadmap to be the best team in Europe. There was a very big “niche” there and we had to take advantage of that.

On a sporting level, the results were excellent: success in all age categories, a very competitive absolute masculine team with great recruitment of young players from the Club, a women’s team that was sweeping Spain and the European champion.

Economically we optimized and rationalized resources. In 2003, 10 persons were taking in 80% of a big budget. In 2011, redistribution had largely benefitted the feminine team, athletes and the technical base.

Everything evolved according to the objectives set, but sometimes in sport decisions are not made based on an analysis of validity of a project and of professionalism and the results of work; and unfortunately all the people who were part of this exciting project had to leave it in the middle of 2011.

This summer you are back to the bench after a period in which you have remained on the sidelines…

Well yes! The disappointment was huge in 2011 and I moved away from it a bit. I needed a “cure” from water polo and serious reflection. I studied a Master of Sports Business Administration at the UB and disconnected. But gradually I turned to engage in water polo, first W. UAB, after that with BIWPA and now coaching at Poble Nou Swim Club.

In June, a good friend and old salt in water polo, Joan Colomer, called and said that Poble Nou intended to continue with the waterpolo in a new work project with the base and with an absolute amateur and that he would be there. He asked if I felt like joining in. I was thrilled, stung by the water polo bug. I had a meeting with Jordi Homs, President, and found it a very good proposal. That left me only to get the ok from my family, but as they already know me, it seemed immediately clear to them.

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It has been a summer of rumors about Poble Nou. How have you lived?

Initially I distanced myself from the situation of the club, with the news coming about the possible resignation at DH and the possibility of water polo in general being seriously affected. I thought that situation was a shame for our waterpolo. When I agreed with Jordi I joined, and it was always clear that the part of base teams and all amateur would continue, no matter what happened with the professional team. The club has tried to find resources up to the last minute to follow the DH, but has not been successful.

What project awaits this Club with Xavi Balaguer in charge, and what technical team are you counting on to carry it out?

Well, the control is a matter of teamwork with Joan, and I will bring my expertise and experience to this exciting challenge in a historic club.

The club has undergone many changes of players in all categories. The situation of uncertainty that it has lived through for a time has made many athletes opt to go to other clubs, but we have registered 7 competing teams, covering all categories of waterpolo for this season. This shows that our commitment for the base is firm although we don’t have an excess of kids. The project moves to stabilize the various club teams in terms of number of players and provide reliability and quality to our training. We will become a training club of athletes and people which kids will not only not want to leave, but they will want to come to us.

We have 3 highly skilled technicians in a mixture of experience and youth: Joan Colomer who needs no introduction, with the little ones; Marc Martinez, a young coach looking forward to the experience; and myself with the older ones.

Moving on to BIWPA. You are a key pillar of this project. What is your role?

First, I’d like to say that I am very grateful to the trust Cristina, the authentic engine of BIWPA, and Yuri have placed in me from day one. I think I have a very BIWPA profile and because of my training and experience I am very cross-sectional and I can occupy and I do occupy different functions. In BIWPA I take care of the Technical Department, and that means training tasks and campus direction coach, and some tasks at the Academy. Lately I’m more oriented as manager of foreign teams in the Training Camps and as head of the large collaboration project with the Dutch Federation.

The arrival of foreign teams and the Academy make BIWPA pretty unique in the world.

The BIWPA concept is awesome. It has covered an essential gap in our sport. I have lived through the birth of the project from day one and I’ve always believed in it. In times of crisis and abuse at all levels to “second fiddle” waterpolo, an initiative arising  like BIWPA  is priceless. I think BIWPA complements the great work that the clubs do every day with a series of projects and high quality services such as Camp and Training Camps for teams. But I would highlight the Academy as innovative. From responsibility, professionalism and passion we offer a number of services that undoubtedly benefit our waterpolo with many synergies with federations, clubs and athletes. Other sports have had similar initiatives for years. Over time I think you will see the true importance and dimension BIWPA, here and in the world of international water polo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Our sport is experiencing a unique time for women.  The rise of women is notorious in recent years and the number of participants has grown exponentially. For that reason BIWPA, this summer wants to give more prominence to all those women that strive daily to improve their technique. From July 19th-25th, in the second week of water polo camps of CAR San Cugat will we count on Nani Guiu coach of CN Sabadell and three time European Champion, in addition to BIWPA coach and director of camps Yuri Colet.

But it doesn’t stop there. Also, we will count on the presence of several top-level players who have participated or are actively involved in the success of the Spanish water polo. So, every day, there will be a renowned player on the premises of CAR with BIWPA. Here are the women who will bring their expertise to the CAR Summer Camp:

 Ona Meseguer:

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Barcelona, 1988. She has been instrumental on the Spanish national team that has garnered much success lately. Gold in the 2014 European Championship of Budapest, gold in the 2013 World Championship of Barcelona and silver in the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is one of the most effective lefties in Spain who has experienced the best moments of an unforgettable generation. She is also is an essential pillar in her club Mataró and in her former club CE Mediterrani won the league title.

 Clara Gibson:

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(Barcelona, 1992) Although from British parents, since she was little she has lived in Catalunya, where she has played in Mataró. She is a key player for the United Kingdom national team where she is the scorer. She was in the London Olympic Games, the 2012 European Championship and the 2013 World Championship where, it had been 15 years since the United Kingdom had classified.

 Anna Pardo:

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Barcelona, 1983. What to say about Anna, our last BIWPA interview. A player whose sports career is an adventure divided between U.S., Hungary and Spain.  She has an NCAA ring, 2nd place in the Hungarian League on two occasions, one Spanish League title and she was part of the first generation of Spanish women’s water polo that received the “passport” for the ADO grants. A prestigious player who has played in two continents.

 Anni Espar:

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Barcelona, 1993. What to say about the best player of the 2012 LEN. She has played in the United States where she triumphed and on her return to Spain she continues to reap success with her club CN Sabadell, three-time European Champion, among other national titles where the CNS sweeps. With Spain she has been the 2014 European Champion, 2013 World Champion, and won silver in the London Olympic Games. All a living legend despite her young age.

 Ana Copado:

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Terrasa, 1983. One of the best goalkeepers. Silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games. A long sporting career has made her a benchmark for many girls. An excellent person that when it was time to jump in the water she gave her best and when she wasn’t, she encouraged the most.

 Marta Bach:

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Mataró, 1993. Champion of the Trieste Pre-Olympic tournament (2012), 5ª in the European Championship in Eindhoven (2012), 11ª Shanghai World Championship (2011), 4ª in the Superfinal of the world league (2011) and champion of the Trieste Junior World Championship (2011). Silver in London 2012, Gold Barcelona 2013 and Budapest 2014. An essential player when she is called for the national team and a key piece of her club CN Mataró

From March 29 to April 4 comes the second edition of Easter Camp of BIWPA in the CAR of Sant Cugat. Only a few spots remain available for one of the best campus modernization International water polo, so if you have not signed up,  do it soon!

As with all our campus, participants will double daily training session and enjoy various master classes led by professionals. This year also our Easter Camp CAR has a special for goalies, led by Dani Lopez Pinedo, and a workshop for coaches basic technique for goalkeepers by Ferran Plana.

Also we will be lucky to inaugurate the campus with a presentation by Pedro Garcia Aguado ‘Toto’, world champion and gold medal in Atlanta ’96, who will speak about values ​​in sport entitled “Journey of Learning”.

As always, the Water Polo Camp Easter has some of the most qualified technicians in our country, which transmit our training methodology for participants to improve their water polo level.

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Xavi Balaguer: It takes an entire linked to swimming pools, mainly in the CN Sabadell where he coached the senior team of girls between 2003 and 2007, life was then in charge of the technical direction and the men’s team. His proven experience makes the technical direction of BIWPA campus is in good hands.

Yuri Colet: Formed as a coach in the ranks of CN Sant Andreu, where he became the second in command of André Avallone female absolute angle. For a year he led the team all female Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia and now has started a project in Majorcan land in Soller Gymnàpolis Water Polo Club as technical director and entrenador. Named coach of child Balear team will participate in the mixed championship child Spain.

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Dani Gomez: Current technical coordinator and coach categories of CN Ruby with extensive experience in this position. He also worked in the Catalan Swimming Federation as part of the technical staff as coach of the men’s group at the center of modernization Joaquin Blume.

Christian Fernández: Physiotherapist and Osteopath established reputation. His career has always been linked to sport and its relationship with the Spanish waterpolo is a good proof. Served on the staff of Spanish women’s water polo Olympic team silver medalist who proclaimed in past Olympic games in London in 2012. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

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Dani Lopez Pinedo: Named best goalkeeper in the last edition of the Final Six, last year was proclaimed, with his team Atlétic Barceloneta European Champion and has won every title possible nationwide. It was part of the Spanish Olympic team at the 2012 London Olympics past in addition to defending the Spanish goal in multiple competitions, highlighting the silver in Rome 2009.

Ana Copado: One of our regular collaborators, was Olympic silver medalist in the last Olympic Games in London 2012 with the Spanish selection. He has represented Spain in various competitions of the highest international level. He began his career in the CN Ruby and after playing on different teams honor division, currently defending the goal of Terrassa Swimming Club.

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Anni Espar: Our beloved ambassador needs no introduction. Anni is world champion and Olympic silver medalist Europe. and three-time European champion with his current club CN Sabadell. Also in 2012 was named best European player of the LEN, and was chosen for seven of honor at the London Olympics 2012.

Jaume Teixidó: Although he left the competition as waterpolo player CN Catalunya at age 19, has been refereeing games since 22. Today is one of the best Spanish referees. It is international referee since 2008/09, in this short period of time has arbitrated several final among which the World Female League in 2013 and Beijing last European Championship in Budapest refereed the match for the bronze medal women.

Bret Lathorpe: This American player has been part of the US team in junior and university selection. It was part of the water polo team at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), last season’s NCAA has served as Assistant coach for UC Davis, and currently plays in the Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia.

From 5 to April 11 BIWPA will be in Sóller (Mallorca) providing a water polo campus with the collaboration of the Balearic Swimming Federation and the City Council of Sóller. With the help of both entities, the promising young water polo born between 1998 and 2003 can train two daily sessions based on the model developed by BIWPA modernization.

This is the first time a campus of this magnitude in the Balearic Islands and therefore BIWPA take their highly skilled technicians to attest to the importance of this campus is performed. In addition to the double sessions and afternoon training Tomorrow the kids will enjoy training sessions related to individual technique that allows them to continue growing in water polo. Under unbeatable waterworks of Sóller, will be the perfect setting for this sport.

As usual, everything the sportsman needs will be provided by BIWPA, including the sports equipment. The technicians in charge of the campus are the most qualified and they credited their experience and training in the field.

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Yuri Colet: This young Catalan carries water polo in the blood. Trained as a coach in the ranks of the CN Sant Andreu, where he became the second in command of the senior women’s squad. For a year he led the sports structure of Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia and now has started a project in Majorcan land in Soller Gymnàpolis Water Polo Club as technical director and coach.

Itziar Antón: It was one of the great promises of Madrid waterpolo. He began his career in AR Concepción then turn in Ondarreta, Dos Hermanas, CN Ciutat and the finally she played in  La Latina. She’s been playing a lot of games with the Spanish junior National Team. He has combined his life in the world of sports to academic education, specifically in Psychology So it provides the tools to teach future promises the best of the sport guarantees.

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Christian Fernández: Physiotherapist and Osteopath established reputation. His career has always been linked to sport and its relationship with the Spanish waterpolo is a good proof, he was in the Staff of the Spanish National Team when they won silver at London 2012. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

Joan Colomer: It has turned sports training new talent waterpolo. He has participated in other projects such as High Performance coach at the Center for Modernization of the FCN, internal Blume (1999-2005) as part of the technical team of the Spanish National team; and now we are lucky to have him in the BIWPA. He is also a coach at the lower levels of an historic Catalan waterpolo such as Poble Nou who currently plays in Division de Honor.

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Blanca Gil: Has played with the Spanish team on numerous occasions, being named best player in the world in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He has played in teams Swimming Club Ciutat, CE Mediterrani and Sabadell, besides the ASD Roma, Olympiacos and Catania.

Poli Baños: this majorcan combines his vocation nurse with her activity as a referee in the National Waterpolo League refereeing in the Division of Honor. She’s now also refeering the junior international competitions.

Bret Lathorpe: This American player has been part of the US team in junior categories and the second senior team. It was part of the water polo team at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), and work as an assistant coach for UC Davis, and currently plays in the Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia.

By Emma Briones

Jan Vernet (23/08/2000), is a young water polo player from CN Poblenou that, like other young players worldwide, has participated in BIWPA programs. Jan is so passionate about water polo that talking to him is facing a water polo encyclopedia in a 14yo boy. But there’s more,  Jan combines water polo with his studies in the IEA Oriol Martorell, one of the few Spanish schools in which students divide their time between compulsory education and learning an artistic discipline – the music in his case- at the highest level.

I started playing polo when I was five. At first, it was football and waterpolo, but football bored me too much. I saw that in waterpolo there’s more gameplay, and that was what captivated me and took me to continue with all the enthusiasm in the world.

And you also did music.

I started music at the Music School of Sant Andreu, wanted to percussion, but no spaces. And finally I ended up playing the euphonium. Then in third grade I entered the CEPSA Oriol Martorell, but I was lucky. It is the only school in Catalonia that combines music and dance, and allows you to combine it well.

Decided to devote more time to the music.

It was unconsciously. I was little, and at that time, although we had very good coaches, we did not require much in water polo.

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And if you had to decide now, music or water polo?

When I started and I began to know everyone water polo, it was like finding paradise. And then I discovered that there was a CAR, and my jaw dropped. Since then, my challenge is to get the highest quality and technique in all respects, to reach the elite water polo. Not only the division of honor, but also play the Champions League. Play a selection is my dream.

If you were offered a scholarship to be in the CAR, then you would not mind changing institute.

Not at all. Even if you were lucky you could even combine it with music. But if no luck, my goal is and will be the sport, especially water polo.

Then when you finish school, what’s next?

I’d do anything related to sports, journalism and psychology, I love sports psychology.

Why?

I think it’s very important because it helps to understand the sport. I had a problem because I did not like the instrument, and I paid obsessing over the waterpolo. Just then,  the Catalan team called me. But I pushed myself so much that I screwed up. That helped me learn even more water polo.

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How did you managed it?

For starters, I changed my instrument. Now I play the trumpet, which I love because it is an instrument that feel all colors of music, it helped me relax. Also, I noticed Felipe Perrone, who is very calm and always plays with his head.

Would you like them to call you again?

I would love to. At that time I could not take the call, also had players who outweighed me. Now I would like to give me another chance to learn more, I have a more open mind and I could adapt better to the game.

You talked about Felipe Perrone, what other players call your attention?

I do not have favorites, but I try to learn from the best of each player. Right now I’ve noticed a lot in Miguel Gasulla (1996), a new player in the water polo’s elite. Also Svilen Piralkov, which was a beast of a player. I also fixed in Varga brothers, Pietro Figlioli … I could tell you a lot.

You are an encyclopedia of water polo.
I try to have the best knowledge of water polo, because I love. Whether at home or on the bus, when I have some free time after homework, my head is in the water polo.

That’s why you end up in BIWPA campus.

It’s pretty cool. From early in the morning, you see the videos and then apply it in the water … It’s a very important job that I love. The coaches are amazing (Joan Colomer, Xavi Balaguer, Yuri Colet …) have much experience and technique, and taught me a lot. In addition, BIWPA invites referees, players, sports psychologists … You learn everything because it is very complete.

Two training sessions a day …

If you like water polo, you have to sacrifice, and if you have the opportunity to participate in a campus so you have to maximize. If you sacrifice a lot, water polo will give you back.

By Xabi Gómez

From January 2nd to 11th BIWPA offers a water polo clinic for boys and girls around the world. The intensive training will take place on the premises of CAR in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) under the direction of our BIWPA  technicians .

COACHES

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Xavi Balaguer. He has been his entire life linked to swimming pools, mainly in the CN Sabadell where he coached the senior team of girls between 2003 and 2007 and was subsequently set for the male team. His proven experience makes the technical direction of BIWPA’s campus is in good hands.

Yuri Colet. This young Catalan has water polo in his blood. Trained as a coach in the ranks of the CN Sant Andreu, where he became the second in command of the senior women’s squad. For a year he led the sports structure of Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia and now has started a project in Majorca in Gymnàpolis Soller Water Polo Club.

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Iñaki Zabalza. After his experience as a professional player where he played for Waterpolo Navarra Honor Division, took over the women’s senior team UPNA where he reaped good results. A year ago decided to start a new phase in Peru where it has been commissioned to design a solid plan for water polo in the Andean region.

Miguel Cidoncha. The Californian player trained at the prestigious UCLA combining studies and sports. It was from there that he decided to make the jump to Spain where he played in the CN Sant Andreu de la Division de Honor. He continued combining studies and sports after obtaining a master in Sociology at the University of Barcelona.

GUESTS

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Christian Fernández. Physiotherapist and Osteopath established reputation. His career has always been linked to sport and its relationship with the Spanish water polo is a good proof. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

Ferran Plana. Degree in Physics and specialized in swimming section Education, has been linked to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and the Catalan Federation. Since 2014 directs the structure of Sant Feliu of the First Division where he is reaping great results.

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Gonçal Zegri. Degree in psychology and water polo referee. Your contribution will be key to better understand the intricacies of the game from the arbitral perspective.

Anni Espar. One of the most decorated players of recent times in Spain. Is part of the generation that so many successes are providing national water polo. Although youth has been enshrined as one of the most decisive, thanks to which players earned an athletic scholarship to the United States in 2012 where he played with the USC Trojans proclaimed champion of the NCAA. Silver and gold at London 2012 in the Barcelona World 2013 and gold in the 2014 European Budapest A treat to have her on our campus BIWPA.

Yuri Colet, founding partner and director of sports at BIWPA, is the new coach of Gymnapolis Waterpolo Sóller (Sóller, Mallorca). The technician will start working at the club on August 5.

Following the success of our Easter Camp, attended by several participants of Gymnapolis Waterpolo Sóller and in which Colet was active as a coach, participants were delighted with the work methodology and training conducted by the technician. The experience of the boys on campus struck Guillem Cabot, President of Waterpolo at the club, who contacted BIWPA to learn more about our training and our methodology.

Following discussions between Guillem Cabot and Cristina Marin, General Manager of BIWPA, BIWPA team visit Gymnapolis Waterpolo Sóller facilities to know the club first hand and analyze what were their technical needs. This analysis identified the key points to improve the performance of the water polo teams at the club and allowed BIWPA to develop a comprehensive program for Waterpolo Gymnapolis Sóller.

After the negotiation period, Marin and Cabot reached an agreement whereby BIWPA will apply the specific program for the club, under the direction of Yuri Colet, who next year will be in charge of implementing a new methodology of work in all club categories.

Yuri Colet is delighted to develop this project and incorporate BIWPA’s methodology in the Mallorcan club. “This is a new step for me as a coach. I’m very excited about this project and can not wait to get to Gymnapolis Waterpolo Sóller to start working with the teams”, he says.

Colet will continue his tasks in BIWPA as program director while he’s in Sóller. From BIWPA we are delighted with this new challenge and wish Yuri good luck in his new adventure!

Our  Water Polo Summer Camp at the Club Natació Barcelona is really close,  so we’ve decided it’s time to meet the coaches.

The campus at the CNB is supervised by Toni Esteller, one of the biggest names in Spanish water polo. Esteller has been coach of the national absolute team, and his career has been linked to the trajectory of the CNB, where he has been for more than 20 years.

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We’ll have  Yuri Colet, Joao Cancela, Joel Esteller  and Joan Basté as coaches. Their background’s prove their professional value and their experience, but we want you know them a little more.

THIS IS ME….Yuri Colet, coach

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Age: 23
You live in Barcelona
But if you could choose would you live in: Menorca
When I was a child I wanted to become: a Soccer player
Your childhood cartoon: Dragon Ball
A school memory: When I took 100% points in a math exam
Where did you use to seat in class, first or last row? First row, but something changed…
Beach or mountain? Beach
What is your most valuable possession? Family and friends
If you were an animal, you would be: A bird so I could fly, it would be cool .
A book: ‘Play with your heart’ written by Xesco Espar 
A movie: ‘ Running Scared ‘
A music group or singer: ‘Tots and the mythals’
Favorite meal: Gratin macaroni
Favorite drink: Guaraná
A virtue: Patience
A defect: Messy
A fixation: Bitting nails
Your fear: Open sea
You started with the water polo due to: My family, they encouraged me
You’ve played with : C.E. Mediterrani and a year in the A. E. Santa Eulalia.
What you like about training is: The feeling of being part a group of friends which wants to achieve common goals and get collective satisfaction.
If water polo wouldn’t exist, your sport would be: Handball
Cristiano Or Messi? Messi
Another hobby: Bicycle
On TV you watch …: Game of Thrones . But also football , the NBA, and sports channels.
Tip: ” You can always learn “

THIS IS ME…. Joao Cancela, coach

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Age: 26
You live in Barcelona
But if you could choose would you live in: There’s still a lot to know about Barcelona
When I was a child I wanted to become: an engineer
Your childhood cartoon: Asterix
A school memory: My friends
Where did you use to seat in class, first or last row? In the middle
Beach or mountain? Beach
What is your most valuable possession? Family
If you were an animal, you would be: A dolphin
A book: ‘“No principio estava o mar” Gonçalo Cadilhe
A movie: “The Drifter”
A music group or singer: John Butler Trio
Favorite meal: Duck rice
Favorite drink: Water
A virtue: Tolerant
A defect: impatient
A fixation: Controlling
Your fear: Reptiles
You started with the water polo due to: I was a swimmer, but it felt lonely, and I changed.
What you like about training is: The friends you make
If water polo wouldn’t exist, your sport would be: Surf
Cristiano Or Messi? Rob Machado
Another hobby: Surf
On TV you watch …: The news
Tip: ”Do what makes you happy, because life is about it!”

THIS IS ME…. Joel Esteller, assistant coach

joelblogAge: 26
You live in Barcelona
But if you could choose would you live in: Barcelona, it’s the best city
When I was a child I wanted to become: a water polo player
Your childhood cartoon: Disney
A school memory: My friends
Where did you use to seat in class, first or last row? Last row
Beach or mountain? Beach
What is your most valuable possession? My family
If you were an animal, you would be: A wolf
A book: ‘‘Play with your heart’ written by Xesco Espar 
A movie: “The Wolf of Wall Street”
A music group or singer: Earth wind & fire/ Michael Jackson
Favorite meal: T-bone steak
Favorite drink: Water
A virtue: Friendly
A defect: Impulsive
A fixation: The sun
Your fear: Injuries
You started with the water polo due to: It was a family tradition
What you like about training is: The peer environment
If water polo wouldn’t exist, your sport would be: Handball
Cristiano Or Messi? Messi (of course)
Another hobby: Music
On TV you watch …: Sports

THIS IS ME…. Joan Basté,  assistant coach

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Age: 22
You live in Caldes de Montbuí
But if you could choose would you live in: Hawaii
When I was a child I wanted to become: sportman
Your childhood cartoon: Son Goku
A school memory: The soccer games
Where did you use to seat in class, first or last row? Last row
Beach or mountain? Beach
What is your most valuable possession? Family
If you were an animal, you would be: A tiger
A book: ‘“All my brothers”  Manel Estiarte
A movie: “Shutter Island”
A music group or singer: Bob Marley
Favorite meal: Rice
Favorite drink: Coke
A virtue: Friendly
A defect: Stubborn
A fixation: Make noises with my mouth
Your fear: Losing what I need
You started with the water polo due to: My mum.
What you like about training is: Suffering
If water polo wouldn’t exist, your sport would be: Surf
Cristiano Or Messi? Messi
Another hobby: Surfing
On TV you watch …: The news
Tip: ” If you fight for what you want, you’ll have everything you want!”