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Player Interview Series: David Carrasco!

Updated: May 20

We have taken the time to sit down with David. Check out some of the questions we asked him below:

1. When did you first realize that you could be a career waterpolo player and that you can turn your passion into your day job?

I have never been professional waterpolo player when talking about salary. But I am a professional waterpolo player because it is the main purpose of my days.

When in my hometown club we achieved the ascent to the first Spanish league, I realized that I had the option of focusing on waterpolo full-time and play with the best players in the world. Also that year I was selected with the Spanish junior national team, that was another impulse for me to want to play at the best level.

2. Which challenges did you have to overcome to become the player you are today?

I have to say that from my hometown club I had no challenges because they helped me a lot. I am a really ambitious and competitive guy, that is why it was easy for me to play with the senior team at my club. As most of the players, I had challenges that were in my path. One of them is related with my height, some coaches do not like short players because they think that waterpolo is for players like Denes Varga or Ivovic, and I am not like them physically, that was the main challenge in my career.

But another challenge that I had was an injury that came when I was playing at my best level. During a game in the Champions League preliminary round a player hit me and he broke two bones in my face and now I have a titanium plate under my eye.

3. What motivates you the most about your profession as a waterpolo player?

As said before I am very competitive and ambitious and I always want to perform better that before. Right now I do not have any specific individual goal, but when I am in a team, I like to fight to achieve the team season goal, that's my main motivation right now!

4. What does your daily routine look like?

Nowadays, I am studying in Loyola Marymount University and I combine waterpolo and my psychology major. Studying and practicing requires a lot of organization, that is why my days are scheduled to perform both in waterpolo and in studies.

It depends of the semester we practice during morning or afternoon, and my class are before or after practice usually. I spend my free time to do homework or just relaxing.

5. What would be your waterpolo dream team choice today? Waterpolo manager mode!

Position 1- Pere Cosme

Position 2- Sergi Cabanas

Position 3- Ivan Gallego

Center Position - Sebastian Van Mill

Position 4- Gonzalo Lopez

Position 5- Borja Fenoy

Goalkeeper - Pepe Motos

6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received from a coach?

I am lucky because I received a lot of advice from my coaches in order to perform better. One of the best advices that I have received is that I have to be smarter than other players in order to beat them, because they are stronger and taller than myself. I think that advice is always in my mind and I try to be smarter than others in order to perform better, think before acting!

But I would like to say that the best advices that I have received are from my mother. She helped my to be more competitive, to become more disciplined and always to want to improve, not just in the water but outside as well.

7. What, in your opinion, is the biggest challenge for waterpolo players today?

Right now most waterpolo players in Spain are facing problems when trying to combine sports and studies, they have to sacrifice either waterpolo or studies in order to do one thing well.

Those players who play and study at the same time, usually have to study 2-3 years longer than a regular student, that is something that I think is very challenging for young players.

Also the salaries in Spain for waterpolo players are not enough for players to live. That is why some of the players have to work as a coach or lifeguard in order to earn enough money.

8. Tell us about your most successful season in waterpolo?

My most successful season was during 2017-2018 when I played in Sabadell, I played also the Junior World Championship with the Junior National Team and I think I played at a really high level, after that, with Sabadell we played the Champions League for the first time in the club history, I think that is the best season that I played in my career.

Also during 2014-2015 when with Rubi, my hometown club, we achieved the ascent to the first Spanish division was one of the bests moments in my career because it was the first time that the club played in the best league.

9. Which other sports do you like to follow and do you have any other hobbies?

I follow a little bit of soccer but I like most of the sports.

As for the hobbies right now is complicated with the restrictions amid the global pandemic, but I tend to go with friends to the beach or hiking, trying to keep myself physically active.

10. Your message to Waterpolo Portal readers?

My message is that nothing is impossible, and I want to thank Waterpolo Portal for spending the time to improve the waterpolo environment and shine a spotlight on the sport.

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