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Laura ESTER
Sport Water Polo
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born22 Jan 1990 in Barcelona, ESP
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Biochemistry - Autonomous University of Barcelona: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age 12.
Why this sport?
A coach at her former club, CN Mediterrani, wanted to create a women's team and offered her the chance to be the goalkeeper. "Water polo chose me because at the beginning I didn't know what it was."
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
David Palma [club], ESP; Miguel Angel Oca [national], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Pajarito [Spanish for 'Little Bird'. "A coach used to say that I had the legs of a little bird and I flew like a little bird, so the name stuck."]. (rfen.es, 22 Jul 2020; as.com, 26 Jul 2019)
Hobbies
Watching TV, reading, supporting Spanish football club FC Barcelona. (marca.com, 09 Apr 2020; mundodeportivo.com, 26 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2012 and 2020 Olympic Games. (lagacetadesalamanca.es, 18 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Spanish water polo player Jesus Rollan, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (estudiantes.elpais.com, 18 Apr 2013; mundodeportivo.com, 26 Sep 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. Have a clear goal and fight for it. And realise that if you want something it's going to cost you." (estudiantes.elpais.com, 18 Apr 2013)
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 the Best Athlete for 2019/20 in Sabadell, Spain. (naciodigital.cat, 08 Oct 2021)

In 2017 and 2019 she was named Female Water Polo Player of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (goalsn.com, 10 Jan 2020; swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

She was named in the All-Star team at the world championships in 2017 and 2019. (fina.org, 26 Jul 2019, 28 Jul 2017)

Alongside her teammates in the Spanish national team, she received the Extraordinary Medal for Sports Merit from the Spanish Swimming Federation in recognition of the bronze medal they won at the 2018 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (rfen.es, 04 Oct 2018)

A swimming pool has been named in her honour in Penaparda, Spain. (as.com, 23 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
Her brother has competed in Para triathlon. (elpais.com, 01 Aug 2013)
Other information
AGILITY OVER SIZE
Her goalkeeping style depends on speed and agility rather than size and reach. "Some goalkeepers depend on reflexes, others explosive power, or intuition. My style is fast and more explosive. With the body type that I have, I don't have enough size or reach to be effective without relying on agility and movement. I have to be quick and explosive or I wouldn't be able to cover the ground." (elpais.com, 24 Jul 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
2 2012 London, ENG 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  
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
8 2009 Rome, ITA 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  
4 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
5 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
6 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
2 2008 Málaga, ESP Team