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Water polo


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
22 January 1990
172 cm
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Biochemistry - Autonomous University of Barcelona: Spain

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age 12.
Why this sport?
A coach at her former club, CN Mediterrani, wanted to create a women's team and proposed her to be the goalkeeper. "Water polo chose me because at the beginning I didn't know what it was."
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
David Palma [club], ESP; Miguel Angel Oca [national], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International Debut

Competing for

General Interest

Pajarito [Little Bird]. (, 26 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, winning the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and winning the gold medal at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Twitter profile, 20 May 2016;, 18 Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol
Spanish water polo player Jesus Rollan, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (, 18 Apr 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before a match starts she touches the crossbar of the goal and jumps five times. (, 01 Feb 2011;, 18 Apr 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. Have a clear goal and fight for it. And realise that if you want something it's going to cost you." (, 18 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
Alongside her teammates in the Spanish national team she received the Extraordinary Medal for Sports Merit by the Spanish Swimming Federation for claiming bronze at the 2018 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (, 04 Oct 2018)

In 2017 she was named Female Water Polo Player of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (, 22 Jan 2018)

She was included in the All-Star team for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 28 Jul 2017)

She was runner-up for the International Swimming Federation [FINA] 2013 Female Water Polo Player of the Year. (, 06 Jan 2014)

A swimming pool is named in her honour in the municipality of Penaparda, Spain. (, 23 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
Her brother has competed in Para triathlon. (, 01 Aug 2013)
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 26 Jul 2019)
Other information
She says her goalkeeping style depends on speed and agility rather than size and reach, due to her natural body type. "Some goalkeepers depend on reflexes, others explosive power, or intuition. My style is fast and more explosive. With the body type that I have, I don't have enough size or reach to be effective without relying on agility and movement. I have to be quick and explosive or I wouldn't be able to cover the ground." (, 24 Jul 2018)