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Barbara BUJKA
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
Born05 Sep 1986 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Krefeld, GER
Sports Administrator
English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - University of Szeged: Hungary
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1994.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
General Interest
During the 2014/15 season she was troubled by a back injury. (waterpolo.hu, 02 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named in the Dream Team of the women's water polo competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (24.hu, 19 Aug 2016)

She was named the 2012 Hungarian Female Player of the Year. (index.hu, 13 Dec 2012)

In 2012 she received the Silver Cross of Merit of Hungary [civil division]. (sport.hir24.hu, 17 Sep 2012)

She was named in the All-Star team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (hatharom.com, 10 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her father Gabor represented Hungary in water polo, and competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Her sister Viktoria has also played the sport at club level in Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2018; waterpolo.hu, 15 Jul 2014)
Other information
In October 2020 she announced her retirement from professional water polo after taking up a consultancy role with the SV Bayer Uerdingen 08 club in Germany. She continued to play the sport as an amateur. "I think I had a nice career, but I finished it because of the epidemic [COVID-19]." (LinkedIn profile, 07 Feb 2022; SV Bayer Uerdingen 08 eV Facebook page, 12 Jan 2021; nemzetisport.hu, 29 Oct 2020)

She initially represented Germany at international level, competing in the world championships and European championships in 2003. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2007; waterpolo.co.nz, 11 Jan 2005; swimnews.com, 23 Jul 2003)

In 2019 she graduated with a master's degree in sport management from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. (LinkedIn profile, 07 Feb 2022)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
4 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
9 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
4 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
10 2003 Barcelona, ESP Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
5 2006 Tianjin, CHN Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
5 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
3 2008 Málaga, ESP Team  
3 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team  
7 2003 Ljubljana, SLO Team