Welcome to Rachel Drabble’s profile page.
Date Of Birth: 5th March 1989
Born: South Africa
Team/Club City of Liverpool
Position: Left wing
Coach: Gordon Dacre, Szilveszter Fekete
Joined senior squad: 2007
|Four Nations International Invitational||Manchester||2011||BRONZE|
|World University Games||Shenzhen (CHI)||7th|
|European U20 Championships||Naples (ITA)||2009||7th|
|European B Nations Trophy||Manchester||GOLD|
|International Tournament of Felgueiras||Felgueiras (POR)||GOLD|
|European Junior Championships||Chania (GRE)||2008||7th|
|European Youth Championships||Chania (GRE)||2007||9th|
|Hungarian National League||2011||Great Britain||6th|
|British Championships||2010||City of Liverpool||BRONZE|
|British Championships||2009||City of Liverpool||SILVER|
In the Pool
Greatest achievement to date: European Junior Championships 2008. I was the team captain, which is a great honour and we improved on two places (9th in 2007 and 7th in 2008). We lost to Spain by two goals! The team played awesome.
Aspiration: To be an important part of the London 2012 Olympic water polo women’s team and show we can be competitive against the big teams and win well. Also, become an editor of a fashion or sports magazine.
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
Studies/Work: I study Journalism and Broadcasting, BA Honours at Salford University. Graduated the second year and placed a break in my studies for the London 2012 Olympics.
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!
Life after water polo: I have my final year of university to tackle and begin to form my media career.
Films: I am a general film fanatic, but to name just a few, I would say Pulp Fiction, Bridesmaids, Up, The Fugitive.
Band/Music: My favourite song is Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Australian band, Jet. Otherwise, I enjoy Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Razorlight, Swedish House Mafia, Rihanna, Beyonce.
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.