Water Polo - Champions
Along with the other games like football and rugby, water polo was introduced as a first sport in Olympics in 1900. After the political protest from the Australian women’s team, women water polo became a part of Olympics in the late 2000.
Here is a list of some important tournaments in Water Polo −
- NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship
- Olympic Games
- NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship
- USA Water Polo Hall of Fame
- Men’s Champion League Euro Cup
- FINA Water Polo Tournaments
Let us now take a brief look at the careers of some of champions of Water Polo.
Dusan Aleksic is a water polo player of Canada. He started his career in 2000 and in 2007, he joined the junior team at the Youth Pan American Championships.
In 2010, he joined the senior national team and in 2011, he got a chance to play in FINA Championship and the team won a silver medal in Pan Am Games.
Dusan played an important role in helping his team to qualify for the 2013 and 2015 FINA World Championships.
Justin Boyd belongs to Canadian team and was the youngest player in 2008 Olympics. He started his career at the age of 12. In 2009, 2011, and 2013, he was a part of FINA Championship.
In 2009, Canada won silver medal and he was the part of the team. He also represented Canada in World Aquatic Championships in 2015.
In 2014, he was a member of the Canada Water Polo team that got sixth place in FINA Water Polo World League.
Azevedo represented the Water Polo team of American. Curently, he is the captain of the US National Water Polo team.
He started his water polo career with Bissolati Cremona team of Italy and scored 63 goals with an average of 2.62 per game in 2006.
In 2007, he joined American team and played in Melbourne World Championships where America got silver medal. In 2012, Azevedo became the captain of United States men’s national Water Polo team.
Nicolas Constantin Bicari
Nicolas Constantin Bicari is a water polo player for Canadian team. He started his career in 2010 Junior Pan American Championship where his team won a gold medal.
In 2009 FINA World Championships, he was a part of the senior team that got eighth place in the tournament.
In 2011 Pan American Games, he shot 10 goals and got sixth position while his team won silver medal in the tournament. Along with this, he also shot 16 goals in six games of FINA Championships held in 2014.
Peter Biros is a water polo player in Hungarian team. He was a part of 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics in which his team won gold medal. He was also a part of the 2012 Summer Olympics
He started his career in the national team in 1997 in an international tournament held in Spain.
After 2008 Olympics, he received the Fair Play award, as he has got cyst in his heart but played and helped his team to win gold medal.
Alexandra Asimaki is a Greek water polo player and is a centre forward player. Her team won a gold medal in World Championship held in Shanghai in 2011.
As she gave extraordinary performance, she became best European and World Female Water Polo player for 2011.
In World League 2005 also, her team won a gold medal. In the European Championship of 2010 and 2012, her team won silver medal.
Alkisti Avramidou is a Water Polo player from Greece who plays as a left wing for Olympiacos and Greek National team.
Avramidou was a part of the Water Polo team from Greece that won the gold medal in the 2011 World Aquatic Championships. In addition, she has won one silver medal in 2010 and one in 2012 in European Championship.
Avramidou has also won two bronze medals in FINA World League out of which one she won in 2010 and other in 2012.
Kami Craig is an American Water Polo player. She was a part of the team when it won the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her team also won a gold medal in 2012 Olympics held in London.
Kami was also a part of the American team for FINA World Championships in 2009. She also received the prestigious Peter J. Cutino award in 2009 and 2010.
Jessica Gaudreault is a water polo player for Canada. She started her career as a swimmer but could not succeed, so she made a switch to Water Polo.
Gaudreault was a part of the junior international team that won gold medals in 2008 and 2010 in Pan American Championships.
In 2011 and 2013, her team got ninth rank in FINA World Junior Championships. In 2015 UANA Cup, Gaudreault was the goaltender and due to her performance, she qualified for FINA World Championships.
Natalie Golda plays for American team and is considered as the best water polo female champion. She was a part of the American Water Polo team in 2004 Athens Olympics in which the team won a bronze medal.
Her team also won a silver medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her team was the winner of gold medal in the FINA World Championships in 2003.
She also received Peter J. Cutino award in 2005. Along with this, she was also elected as the USA Water Polo hall of fame.