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Maica
Garcia Godoy
SpainSpain, ESP
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
17 October 1990
Height
188 cm
Weight
90 kg
Residence
Sabadell, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 10.
Why this sport?
She practised swimming at CN Sabadell before taking up water polo because her brother and her friends practised it. "After three months being in the club's school I did not want to continue swimming and preferred to do water polo instead. I started as a goalkeeper but I didn't stop anything, I dodged the balls. Then I was put as a centre forward and the coaches liked it, and I took it seriously."
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
David Palma [club]; Miguel Angel Oca [national], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Spain

General Interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Miguel Angel Oca. (elpais.com, 16 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Spanish water polo player Blanca Gil. (aquaticsnews.com, 19 May 2008)
Awards and honours
She received the 2014 Female Water Polo Player of the Year award from the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (avancedeportivo.es, 05 Feb 2015)

She was presented with the Most Valuable Player award at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (elperiodico.com, 29 Jul 2014)

She was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Euro League. (Facebook page, 23 Jan 2019)

In 2013 and 2014 she was named Athlete of the Year in Sabadell, Spain. (sabadell.cat, 25 Apr 2013; isabadell.cat, 01 May 2015)

She has been named best player of the Spanish League four times - in 2006/07, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16. (Facebook page, 29 Jul 2018)
Famous relatives
Her partner Marc Roca played water polo for Spain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (elpais.com, 16 Jul 2016; rio2016.com, 08 Aug 2016; Instagram profile, 10 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (victoriamag.es, 30 Nov 2018)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL BREAK
She decided to take a break from the national team in May 2017 so did not compete at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "It is important to perform 100% in the national team. At the moment I need a break, after 11 years of high-level performances. If I want to go back to the team, I need to find my passion again." She rejoined the team in November 2017. "I feel very renewed. I obtained what I wanted and the motivation to start all over again." (mundodeportivo.com, 18 May 2017; rfen.es, 18 May 2017; revistalideras.com 19 May 2017; wp2018bcn.com, 15 Nov 2017; radiosabadell.fm, 20 Nov 2017)

NAME CHANGE
Born as Maria del Carmen, in 2014 she changed her name officially to Maica. "Nobody has ever called me Maria del Carmen, so Maica is my real name." (elpais.com, 16 Jul 2016)

TATTOO
She has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her back. (deportes.elpais.com, 24 Jul 2013)

BUSINESS OWNER
She and her brother Victor opened a barber shop in Sant Cugat, Spain. (Facebook profile, 12 Sep 2016; Twitter profile, 29 Jul 2018)