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Matilde ORTIZ
Sport Water Polo
NOC Spain   
Born16 Sep 1990 in Veracruz, MEX
Height1.74 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Athlete, Student
English, Spanish
Higher education
Journalism - Autonomous University of Barcelona: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age nine.
Why this sport?
She followed her brother into the sport.
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
David Palma [club], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
General Interest
Mati (mundodeportivo.com, 25 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (mundodeportivo.com, 16 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
Alongside her Spanish national teammates, she received the Extraordinary Medal for Sports Merit from the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation in recognition of the bronze medal they won at the 2018 European Championship in Barcelona, Spain. (rfen.es, 04 Oct 2018)
Other information
In June 2019 she announced her retirement from international water polo after she was not selected for the Spanish national squad for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. She continued to play at club level. "I leave happy in the knowledge that I gave my best in every match and training session, but sad that I will no longer share the day-to-day moments with my teammates, who are like family to me. At the same time I'm happy to have enjoyed so many good moments, and I'm excited about what's to come. I have been renewing my contract [at CN Sabadell] season after season for a couple of years now [speaking in 2021]. I don't know how long I'll be there as I am no longer 20-year-old Mati. I have other projects besides water polo." (diaridesabadell.com, 01 Jul 2019; Instagram profile, 29 Jun 2019; isabadell.cat, 16 Aug 2021)

She has studied psychology at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2020; isabadell.cat, 16 Aug 2021)

She worked as a commentator for Spanish television network RTVE during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She has also worked on a film festival at the Olympic and Sports Museum in Barcelona, Spain. (isabadell.cat, 16 Aug 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
2 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
3 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
5 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
6 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team