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Craig Figes - Captain of the British Men’s Water Polo Team

With a strong family history in the water it was no doubt British team captain Craig would soon make his mark in the pool.

His grandma was a world record holder and his mum swam in the Commonwealth Games in 1966.

Encouraged by them, Craig took up Water Polo at a young age and hasn’t looked back since.

Personal Data

Date Of Birth 14th August 1978

Hometown: Bristol

Height 1.84m

Weight 92kg

Team/Club Bristol Central

Coach Cristian Iordache

Getting to know...

Greatest achievement to date: Either the bronze medal in 2002 or captaining the team.

Aspirations: To get to the Olympics.

Training Regime: Training basically in the pool and in the gym. Four to Five hours a day.

Who has been greatest influence on you: My family and early coaches in Bristol.

When did you begin playing water polo: I began when I was little, basically encouraged by my family. I come from a huge swimming family - my mum swam in the Commonwealth Games in 1966, my grandma was a world record holder and everyone in my family, even my cousins, have competed at a professional level.

Occupation: Used to be a geography teacher at Manchester Grammar School.

Ultimate relaxation: Training. I know that sounds weird but find it quite relaxing!

One thing you can’t live without: My girlfriend.

Tip for the top: Don't give up.

Life after swimming: Teaching.

Favourite sports team: Bristol City Football Club.

Favourite film: The Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite music: Anything from classical to pop.

Last book read: Geography text books

International Competition

Competition Year Medal/Position
LEN European B Championships  2009 4th 
Lugano, Switzerland    
Mithat Hantel Memorial Water Polo Tournament  2009 Gold 
Istanbul, Turkey    
Comen Cup  2008 4th 
LEN European A Qualifiers 2008  4th
Dubrovnik, Croatia    
LEN European B Nations Trophy  2007  6th

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