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Athletes

Roser
Tarrago
SpainSpain, ESP
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 March 1993
Height
171 cm
Weight
62 kg
Residence
Mataró, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
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.
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 Best Scorer of the 2016 World League Final. (californiagoldenblogs.com, 13 Jun 2016)

She was 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
COST OF SUCCESS
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. She later moved to San Francisco, CA, United States of America, to study at the University of California in Berkeley, where she continued to suffer. "I ended up burned out. I stayed in bed, crying because I did not want to keep playing at that level of competition. There is a quote that I say 'Play as if it is your first game, and enjoy it as if it is the last one,' and I lost that feeling." After graduating from Berkeley in 2018 she aims to return to the national team with a more balanced outlook. "I love playing and winning, but there is life beyond water polo. If I am able to find this balance I could be the same as I was before." (Esportiu Maresme, 02 Jul 2018)

COLLEGE BREAK
She missed the 2016 season with the University of California Golden Bears to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with Spanish club CN Mataro. She returned to the Golden Bears for the 2017 season. (calbears.com, 10 Jan 2017; rfen.es, 03 Jan 2017)