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Paula LEITON
Sport Water Polo
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born27 Apr 2000 in Terrassa, ESP
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in Terrassa, Spain.
Why this sport?
She was identified by a water polo coach, Raul Mesa, when she practised swimming. He advised her mother to enrol her in water polo.
Club / Team
CN Terrassa: Spain
Name of coach
Xavier Perez [club]; Miguel Angel Oca [national], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Spain
Opponent
Canada
Tournament
Friendly Match
General Interest
Awards and honours
She was part of the Spanish national team that received an award from the Spanish Sports Press Association [AEPD] in recognition of their triumph at the 2020 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (aepde.org, 20 Sep 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Dec 2021)

She was named Best Athlete in the municipality of Terrassa, Spain, in 2017 and 2019. (Canal Terrassa YouTube channel, 17 Mar 2018, 07 Mar 2020)

She was named to the All Star team at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 28 Jul 2017)

She was a recipient of the City of Terrassa Medal of Sport Spirit in Spain, in recognition of her competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (monterrassa.cat, 23 Nov 2021; terrassa.cat, 30 Sep 2016)
Other information
YOUNG STAR
She started training with the first team of CN Terrassa when she was 11, and by the 2012/13 season, at age 12, she made her debut in the top tier of the Spanish water polo league. She was called up to the national team in 2015, at age 15, and a year later she played at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Everything has gone so fast. It's amazing to look back and see how far I've come." (mundodeportivo.com, 22 Jul 2015; deportes.elpais.com, 14 Jul 2015; elmundo.es, 26 Jul 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team