Zack LaGrange (19 years old, San Diego) arrived in Barcelona on September 7th and he is currently playing water polo at CN Rubí.

  • How has your experience been so far?

My experience so far has been amazing. I have learned so much in and out of the pool. I’m learning water polo skills that you can’t find anywhere in the U.S.A. I’m also understanding so much about the Spanish culture and the things that I can apply to my life in the states.

  • Why did you choose Barcelona? 

I chose Barcelona because of the connections my water polo coach had with BIWPA and because of the amazing water polo competition. BIWPA has made my experience everything that it is, including finding me a family to live with and a club to play with in the highest division in Spain. But the beautiful city of Barcelona was also incredibly influential in my decision. The opportunities I have in Barcelona are endless, from learning the Spanish language, to absorbing so many aspects of the Spanish and even larger European culture. Not to mention being in the one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world.

  • How is training and playing water polo in Barcelona?

Training and playing in Barcelona have been great. I’m learning so many new skills in the pool that were never emphasized to me in the U.S. but have already made me a better player. Water polo in Spain has allowed me to strengthen so many aspects of my game, making me a stronger, smarter, and overall better player. The competition in Barcelona has also allowed me to experience a whole different world of water polo not available to me in the U.S. It’s great for me because simply playing against and alongside such great players is just as helpful as being coached by great coaches.

  • How do you think this experience can help you?

My experience in Barcelona can help me by allowing me to gain so much water polo knowledge before heading off to college in the U.S. Water polo as a whole in Europe is much more intense than in the United States, and Barcelona is one of the greatest cities in the world to be a part of such an amazing water polo culture. I can learn so much that I couldn’t anywhere in the U.S. before starting college water polo, where can apply everything I have learned here.

  • How do you think this experience can help you?

I would recommend this to many players my age and younger in order for them to develop in the sport. This experience can help so many water polo players. Being a part of such a different style of water polo is incredible for anyone trying to learn as much as they can about the sport in order to strengthen their abilities.

  • Why would you recommend it?

I would have loved to come and train at the academy when I was younger. BIWPA has so much to offer in that it allows kids to train with one of the best water polo coaches around, Quim Colet, and experience another culture so much earlier in life than other people would. Any young player who attends the academy will undoubtedly learn so much about the sport and so much about Barcelona and Spain.