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Maria del Pilar
Peña
SpainSpain, ESP
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
04 April 1986
Height
174 cm
Weight
63 kg
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Psychology - Open University of Catalonia: Spain

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She started focusing mainly on water polo at age 18, after combining it with swimming in the early years of her sporting career.
Why this sport?
She played water polo as a way to fix her back problems.
Club / Team
CN Sant Andreu: Barcelona, ESP
Name of coach
Miguel Angel 'Miki' Oca [national], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Wing
Handedness
Left

International Debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Spain

General Interest

Nicknames
Piluka, Pili (rfen.es, 25 Aug 2010; Athlete, 17 Mar 2007)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (deporteymujer.com, 30 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She has captained the Spanish national team. (as.com, 23 Oct 2017)

In 2014 she received the Silver Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit from the Spanish government. (csd.gob.es, 01 Dec 2014)

In 2013 she was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit. (20minutos.es, 29 Oct 2013)

In 2013 she received the Gold Insignia from the city of Alcorcon, Spain, alongside her national team coach, Miguel Angel Oca. (elconfidencial.com, 07 Aug 2013)

A swimming pool in Navalcan, Toledo province, Spain, was named after her, as well as a sports hall in Alcorcon, where she shares the name with national coach Miguel Angel Oca. (as.com, 23 Oct 2017; elconfidencial.com, 07 Aug 2013)