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Rachel Drabble

Rachel Drabble has been a familiar face in the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team since making her debut against Hungary in 2007.

Rachel Drabble Profile

Date of Birth 5th March 1989
Born Germiston (RSA)
Team/Club City of Liverpool
Position Left Wing
She was part of the European Youth team in 2007 then captained the British team to seventh at the 2008 European Junior Championships in Crete.

By 2009 Drabble was a fully-fledged member of the senior team, winning the European B Nations Trophy in Manchester then travelling with the British team to compete in the Hungarian National League the following season.

In 2011, she competed at the World University Games in Shenzhen as well as playing a part in the British team’s qualification campaign as they reached the European Championship finals for the first time.

After competing at the VISA International Test Event at the London 2012 Olympic venue, Drabble was selected as first reserve for the Games themselves.

International Results

Competition Location Year Medal/Position
European B Nations Trophy Manchester 2009 GOLD
European U20 Championships Naples 2009 7th
European Junior Championships Chania 2008 7th
European Youth Championships Chania 2007 9th

Domestic Events

Competition Club Year Medal/Position
British Championships City of Liverpool 2014 GOLD
  City of Liverpool 2013 SILVER
Hungarian League Great Britain 2011 6th
British Championships City of Liverpool 2010 BRONZE
  City of Liverpool 2009 SILVER

In the Pool

Greatest influence: My family. They support the squad and me, whatever the situation.

When did you begin playing Water Polo: I began playing Water Polo when I was 10 years old at Doncaster Water Polo club.

Out of the Pool

Other sports: Netball, swimming and climbing are a few favourites.

Ultimate Relaxation: The cheaper option is an afternoon nap or my ultimate relaxation is a pamper day.

One thing you can’t live without: I cannot live without my water bottle.

Tip for the top: Pushing past the point of tiredness to give even more percentage will make for a better performance, physically and mentally. Also, always have a snack ready for after training, tummy grumbles are never fun!


Films: I am a general film fanatic, but to name just a few, I would say Pulp Fiction, Bridesmaids, Up, The Fugitive.

Food: I love fruit, but my favourite cuisine is Italian. It pleases everyone and has a smooth satisfactory taste.

Drink: My favourite drink is peach cordial (mixed with water of course) or elderflower sparkling juice.

Hobbies: Some would say this is an addiction but I see my shopping habit as a hobby. Also I enjoy all things creative and cinema outings.

Sports team: Hungarian National Water Polo Mens team.

Sportsperson: Gregory Kiss, Hungarian National Water polo team, three times Olympic gold medalist, World Champion.

Most prized possession: My bed is pretty high on the list but a old photograph album is priceless.


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