August 3, 2021

a family hobby turned into an olympic dream

Sport has always been a very important complement in Bea Ortiz’s life and from a very young age her parents instilled in her the values ​​of this new aspect in her reality, although at no time did they think that she would become an elite athlete. First he started with gymnastics and until he was 10 years old he combined it with studies. But nevertheless, the activity of his two brothers in water polo pushed the Ortiz midfielder to try this sport, which is deeply rooted in his hometown, Rubí (Barcelona).

At that time, his parents made visits to the pool their day-to-day routine: “It was difficult to organize ourselves because first my wife would take one to the pool, then I would go up to lower it, but then my partner would go back up. to another. In the end, we made three or four trips a day to take all three to the pool, completing more than 20 kilometers a day ”.

Despite this, David and Lola, Bea’s parents, agreed with enthusiasm and completed a few years full of happiness at the Ortiz Muñoz home. The secret? Get involved to the fullest. “It was a pleasure and satisfaction to take them to train and accompany them to competitions. In the end, my sacrifices as a father was moving them to the pool and being with them at tournaments. In addition, andor I was delegate of Bea and her brothers in the Rubí Swimming Club, so I traveled a lot with themAnd when I went to Bea’s games, my wife had to take the two boys to their respective competitions, ”explains the father of the Spanish water polo player.

Water polo player Bea Ortiz with her parents David Ortiz and Lola Muñoz. Photo: Bea Ortiz.

The first steps towards the elite and a surprise call

In the first years in water polo, Bea enjoyed with her friends from the village. At the age of 15, in the cadet category, things became more serious and began to be called up by the national team. At that time, the trips to train increased in distance since Bea had to travel to the High Performance Center (CAR) of Sant Cugat to start her participation in the orbit of the Spanish team.

Fortunately, the new pool was only 20 minutes from his home, allowing him to start going on his own. “I used to travel to the CAR many times by train because my parents worked in the mornings and since I was a little older they already let me go with a partner. In the end, we got together many who went to the CAR and the trips were more enjoyable. Later in the afternoon, after training, they would come looking for me ”, recalls number ‘4’ of the team trained by Miki Oca.

Of course, not everything was rosy. During this time of sacrifice and patience, the Ortiz Muñoz had several ups and downs as a result of the injuries and calls of the water polo player. “Not appearing on the national team lists and the injuries were a disappointment for Bea and seeing him in a low mood was very difficult for us as parents, ”says Lola Muñoz.

Bea shows the World runner-up medal achieved by the Spanish team in 2019. Photo: Bea Ortiz

Bea shows the World runner-up medal achieved by the Spanish team in 2019. Photo: Bea Ortiz

Everything changed with the publication of the call for the women’s water polo team for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016. By surprise, the name of Bea Ortiz came to the fore. “This is the most beautiful memory I have. It was very exciting because at first we thought it was not going to go, but it ended up on the list. In addition, we also saved with great affection when we went to the World Championship in Budapest 2017 to see the semifinals and the final ”, recalls David Ortiz.

The illusion of the first time

And it was time to travel to Rio with his 12 companions. Bea was waiting for her debut at the Olympic Games, but neither David nor Lola were able to travel to the Brazilian capital. However, both vibrated like the most from the living room of their house in Rubí and already from the opening ceremony: “I remember when the delegation from Spain left and seeing how our daughter paraded in that Olympic Stadium, it was very moving”.

Two days later, the Miki Oca girls debuted. “The minutes leading up to the first game were difficult because we left the Olympic village long before the start of the match, something that doesn’t happen in normal games. For this reason, you have a lot of time to get nervous, to think and the truth is that I had quite a lot of nerves on top of me ”, Bea recalls.

Bea with her parents after a championship.  Photo: Bea Ortiz.

Bea with her parents after a championship. Photo: Bea Ortiz.

The schedule was not a problem for Rubí’s family and the six hours difference with the Rio de Janeiro country did not prevent the Ortiz Muñoz from standing in front of the television every two days to enjoy their daughter. “Regardless of the time it was, I was going to watch my daughter play, it was a pride as parents to see her play some Games,” both parents say. Unfortunately, not everything was as they had imagined and in the quarterfinals they fell to Russia after having dominated most of the match, a situation that put them with a foot and a half in the fight for the medals, but finally they had to settle for the fifth place in a JJOO. “We were very disappointed, because things were going very well, but the fact of getting there and staying so close to the medals is also a success, just like being in the Olympic Games,” says Lola.

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