The third edition of the Water polo Open TURBO Christmas Cup took place the last weekend. The success of the past editions allowed to open this tournament to U10COED. For this reason the competition took place in two different places: in the CN Sabadell and in the CN Molins de Rei.
This year 42 water polo teams signed up The Christmas Cup and more than 500 players participated in it. Most of the teams were from Catalonia but were also teams from the rest of Spain and even one from France: The Duaphines de Sete. This kind of tournaments are keeping the water polo alive and allow to this young players to play their sport in a festive environment.
The main idea of The Christmas Cup was from the Federació Catalana and TURBO, this one as a promoter. This year they work together with CN Sabadell and CN Molins de Rei to celebrate this successful event.
We asked the children who participated in the tournament why they play water polo and what does it mean for them to play the Turbo Christmas Cup and this is what they answered:[columns class=’full_width page_margin_top’] [column_left]
Marc Valls 2003, CN Barcelona
I love practicing water polo because this sport taught to me a lot of important things in my life. I learnt what sacrifice means and this helped to me to get better results.
I’ve got a lot of friend to this sport because we share our emotions together. The Christmas Cup means to me the excitement to play in a important tournament against other teams and of course to won this edition was very cool. Water polo is amazing!!!!![columns class=’full_width page_margin_top’] [column_left]
Mar Navarro 2002, Club Natació Sant Feliu
I’m playing water polo since I was 6. I enjoy playing with my teammates but to practice every day after school is not easy at all. I should organize my free time to do my homework and my to prepare the exams.
This edition is my third one. I improve my water polo skills and I like this tournament because I play against a several teams. I would like to participate the next year but that means that U14 must be included.
Ignasi Bargalló García 2003, CN Barcelona
“I grew up following my sisters in their games so water polo is part of my life since I was little. The Christmas Cup has been a great experience to me and I’m very happy!, It has been a two intense days because we played against a lot of teams. There were very exciting matches and to arrive to the final and win the tournament it was the best.”[columns class=’full_width page_margin_top’] [column_left]
Max Omedes Ribas 2002, Centre Natació Mataró
“Water polo is a team sport you must play very attuned with the rest of your teammates. I feel more agile in the water than outside, definitely I am feeling more confortable in there.
This was my 3rd edition of the Christmas Cup. During two days water polo has been the principal fact not only for the matches also for sharing time with your teammates and other players and at the end to get the first place it’s the most exciting experience.!”[columns class=’full_width page_margin_top’] [column_left]
Berta Pastor García 2004 , Club Natació Terrassa
“I love playing water polo because it’s fun. I really enjoy meeting my friends every day at the pool to play with them
The coolest thing of this competition is the amount of Catalonian teams who are participating, even one from Zaragoza. The greatest part has been to share this experience with my teammates from the CN Terrassa.”
Unai Aguirre 2002, Portero de CN Barcelona
“It’s a great experience to share in two days the passion for our sport, I’ve played two editions of the Christmas Cup and this year I’ve also been lucky enough to win. This kind of tournaments to permit to keep this sport alive.”
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Pau Vilar 2003, CN Barcelona
“Playing water polo with my friends is the best experience to me. I enjoyed a lot participating in the in the Christmas Cup and to do our best as a team. To play against several teams allowed to us to get more connected between us.”