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Ciara Gibson-Byrne

Born in Barcelona to British parents, Ciara Gibson-Byrne has been a mainstay of the British team since making her debut as a 17-year old in 2010.

Ciara Gibson-Byrne Profile

Date of Birth 3rd December 1992
Born Barcelona (ESP)
Team/Club CN Mataro (ESP)
Position Right Winger
She played in the World League for the Brits in 2010, travelled to the World University Games in 2011 and helped the British women qualify for the 2012 European Championships for the first time in 15 years.

It was at her debut Europeans where Gibson-Byrne underlined her class, scoring in every game to finish joint top British scorer on seven.

She has gone from strength to strength since then, bagging five goals as one of the stars of GB’s London 2012 Olympic team then scoring nine goals from four games at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

International Competitions

Competition Location Year Medal/Position
Olympic Games London 2012 8th
World Championships Barcelona 2013 13th
European Championships Eindhoven 2012 7th
Commonwealth Championships Aberdeen 2014 GOLD

Domestic Events

Competition Club Year Medal/Position
Spanish Division De Honor CN Mataro 2014 SILVER
  CN Mataro 2013 SILVER
Hungarian League Great Britain 2011 6th

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Being elected best cadete player (under-16) in Spain.

Aspiration: To fulfil my potential as a sportswoman and as a person.

Greatest influence: My previous coaches Vicenç Tarrés and Jordi Valls.

When did you start playing Water Polo: In 2003 at the age of 11.

Out Of The Pool

Studies/Work: Did a Spanish Baccalaureate and now doing a Diploma in Sport.     

Other sports: Volleyball and football.

Ultimate relaxation: A day at the spa.

Tip for the top: Work hard and learn from your mistakes.

Life after water polo: Work in something I love as much.


Films: The Hours

Food: Paella

Drink: Frappuccino

Sports team: F. C. Barcelona

Sportsperson: Lionel Messi

Most prized possession: My Blackberry


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