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Roser
Tarrago
SpainSpain, ESP
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 March 1993
Height
171 cm
Residence
Barcelona, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Sociology - University of California : Berkeley, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age seven.
Why this sport?
Despite being rejected by the swimming school because she had trouble breathing, the fact that she had a brother playing in the lower categories of CN Mataro, and a sister who swam at the club, made her join them. She began playing with the boys' team because there was no girls' team.
Club / Team
CE Mediterrani: Barcelona, ESP
Name of coach
Marc Comas Iglesias [club], ESP; Miguel Angel Oca [national], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Spain

General Interest

Nicknames
Ru (californiagoldenblogs.com, 30 Jul 2016)
Hobbies
Scuba diving, reading, dancing. (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)
Injuries
She sustained an injury in early 2017. (californiagoldenblogs.com, 13 May 2017)

She missed the beginning of the 2015/16 season after needing surgery for a wrist ligament injury. (waterpolista.com, 30 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Take the risk or lose the chance." (Facebook profile, 28 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named Most Valuable Player at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (fina.org, 26 Jul 2019)

She was named Best Scorer of the 2016 World League Final. (californiagoldenblogs.com, 13 Jun 2016)

She was named Most Valuable Player of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Final in 2015, in the United States of America. (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)

She was listed in the All-Star team at the 2014 World Cup. (calbears.com, 01 May 2016)

She received the Athlete of the Year award in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Mataro, Spain. (lavanguardia.com, 23 Mar 2013; mataro.cat, Mar 2013; Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)

She was named Best Player of the Spanish league in 2012, as well as Best Scorer. (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)

She was voted Best Player of the 2011 World Junior Championships. (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)

She was Best Scorer of both the 2011 and 2013 World Junior Championships. (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)
Other information
HAVING FUN AGAIN
Following her break from water polo in 2017 and 2018, she returned to the national team for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, where she said she rediscovered her love for the game. "Returning to the national team has been great. I have never had so much fun. I'm playing because I want to, to have fun, with specific goals like qualifying for Tokyo [2020 Olympics]. The most significant aspect of these world championships [2019] is that I've enjoyed playing water polo again. Each goal we celebrate like it was the last one ever. The relationship with my teammates has been as good as always and the atmosphere amazing. I feel great with them and I am feeling much better." (lavanguardia.com, 08 Aug 2019

BREAK AND RETURN
Winning silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London affected her relationship with water polo. "Everything changed in my mind and my style of playing. Winning and playing well was not enough anymore. As I was compared with top stars of other sports, I had to be the best. Nothing I was doing was enough, if I played well I could have always done it better. Even getting into the water made me feel bad." She said winning gold at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, increased that pressure, which came to a head after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when she returned to her studies in the United States of America. "In January 2017 I stopped playing for medical reasons. I was very burned out. I needed a break, and it was the best decision of my life." She returned to Spain in 2018 after graduating, and joined CE Mediterrani after 21 months away from the sport. "I wanted to recover my love for water polo." She also spent time playing in Australia with the Drummoyne Devils in Sydney, NSW, before returning to Spain. "It [Australia] is an adventure I have always dreamed about. I am excited to join them because they approach water polo in a more relaxed way." (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018; waterpolista.com, 17 Dec 2018; lavanguardia.com, 08 Aug 2019)