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Laura
Ester
SpainSpain, ESP
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
22 January 1990
Height
170 cm
Weight
58 kg
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Catalan, English, 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]; Miguel Angel 'Miki' Oca [national], ESP
Training Regime
She trains four hours a day.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Spain

General Interest

Nicknames
Pajarito [Little Bird]. (deportes.elpais.com, 03 Aug 2012)
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; elespanol.com, 18 Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol
Spanish water polo player Jesus Rollan, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (estudiantes.elpais.com, 18 Apr 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before a match starts she touches the crossbar of the goal and jumps five times. (unminutocon.blogspot.com, 01 Feb 2011; estudiantes.elpais.com, 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." (estudiantes.elpais.com, 18 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was named Female Water Polo Player of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

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

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

A swimming pool in the municipality of Penaparda, Salamanca province, Spain, is named after her. (as.com, 23 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
Her brother has competed in Para triathlon. (elpais.com, 01 Aug 2013)
Other information
TV STAR
She was involved in the first round of the promotional campaign for the 2018 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Along with Spanish men's goalkeeper Dani Lopez Pinedo she appeared on advertising with the slogan 'Do Not Stop It'. (mundodeportivo.com, 24 Mar 2017)