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Lisa Gibson

Lisa Gibson played junior level water polo for Great Britain between 2005 and 2009 but made her senior debut in 2007, helping the British women to silver at the European B Championships in Prague.

Lisa Gibson Profile

Date of Birth 12th August 1989
Born Chichester
Team/Club CN Mataro (ESP)
Position Centre Forward
She has since become a regular for the senior women, competing at World League and European Championship qualifiers in 2010 and 2011 then helping the British team to at the 2012 European Championships in Eindhoven.

After top-scoring for the Brits with six goals at the VISA International Test Event in London, Gibson was selected for London 2012 and became part of the first British women’s team to play at an Olympic Games.

In 2013, she was part of the British team to compete at the World Championships in Barcelona, playing in all four games and scoring twice in the 13-7 group stage defeat by Greece.

International Competitions

Competition Location Year Medal/Position
Olympic Games London 2012 8th
World Championships Barcelona 2013 13th
European Championships Eindhoven 2012 7th
European B Nations Trophy Prague 2007 SILVER
European U20 Championships Naples 2009 7th
European Junior Championships Chania 2008 7th
European Youth Championships Chania 2007 9th
  Porto 2005 9th

Domestic Events

Competition Club Year Medal/Position
Spanish Division De Honor CN Mataro 2014 SILVER
Hungarian League Great Britain 2011 6th
British Championships City of Manchester 2010 GOLD

In The Pool

Who has been greatest influence on you: Sandy Nitta – without her I wouldn’t be where I am today!  Also the support from my parents and sister.

When did you start playing water polo: When I was 12 years old.

Out Of The Pool

Studies/Work: Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester, and administrative worker at Sainsbury’s.

Other sports: Enjoy yoga and kick boxing.

Ultimate relaxation: Being on a family holiday somewhere hot and tropical.

One thing you can’t live without: Family

Tip for the top: Never give up. Strength does not come from winning.  Your struggles develop your strength.  When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Life after water polo: I will return to University and study medicine because I would like to be a doctor.  I also would like to coach water polo. 


Films: Pretty Woman, GI Jane, Black Swan, Blue Crush, Singing in the Rain.

Band/Music: Adam Lambert, Muse

Food: Everything – but my mum’s homemade Pizza is the BEST!

Drink: Dr. Pepper

Hobbies: Reading, playing the piano, relaxing with friends, going out for coffee.

Sports team: Manchester City Football Club

Sportsperson: Joe Hart

Most prized possession: Strokey 


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