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Lisa Gibson’s World League Blog

6 May 2014

London 2012 Olympic water polo star Lisa Gibson looks back on the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team’s historic defeat of world champions Spain in Manchester.

At the end of April the GBR Women’s Water Polo team came together in Manchester to prepare for our FINA World League match against Spain on 22 April.

It was the last match of the preliminary round and regardless of the result we knew we would not be going through to the next round.

When you are in a situation where the result doesn’t matter it can go one of two ways. You can either resign yourself that the game doesn’t matter and not put the effort in, or you can use it to motivate you.

Water Polo huddle

We did the latter. We knew we had nothing to lose, so instead of cowering in fear of the current world champions and allowing them to walk all over us, we stood our ground, we fought, and we were victorious.

With the recent announcement of our funding cut, morale has been an issue. Athletes and staff alike have been contemplating next moves and how to progress.

But instead of becoming demoralised by the funding cut, we decided to band together and show the world what we can do - and in particular show UK Sport what we are capable of.

People may say the win was a fluke, but I would disagree most avidly. We came together as a team and worked as a true world class unit. It was said we didn’t have medal potential in Rio 2016 but after beating the World Champions I beg to differ!

Water Polo celebrate

It is not one single person that won that game, but everyone: athletes, staff and all squad members coming together and working towards a common goal. It was an honour to be part of the team that night and the win is definitely one of my proudest sporting moments.

European Champs 2016