British Swimming has appointed Konstantinos Vamvakaris as the head coach for the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team as they start their qualification campaign for Rio 2016. - Full story on the British swimming website.
Lancaster water polo player Katie Hesketh talks about the appointment of Konstantinos Vamvakaris as she works towards getting closer to be in the senior women team for Rio 2016.
Last week the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team and I had the pleasure of being introduced to the new head coach Konstantinos Vamvakaris at the start of our qualification campaign for Rio 2016. Many applied for the new head coach position, but following a tough recruitment process he was selected.
Prior to becoming a coach Konstantinos played in the Greek domestic league including the first division for several years. Whilst a player he began coaching and has coached both men’s and women’s teams in the Greek national league. Following his success, he then moved on to international polo first coaching junior teams but then moving on to be assistant men’s coach of Greece’s national team in 2011. He then helped Greece qualify for the London 2012 Olympics, where the Greek team finished in 6th position out of the 12 teams.
Vamvakaris said: “It is a great privilege to become head coach of the GBR national water polo team. I promise to deliver the best possible results and I look forward to using all of my knowledge and experience to drive the team forward.”
I’m greatly looking forward to working with Konstantinos, I feel he can bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the team. In our meeting he showed a lot of passion about the sport and about coaching the GBR team. I believe that he has the ability to develop our team so that we are able to compete against the top nations and drive us towards Rio 2016 Olympics.