Bartolo Consolo's career in water polo and swimming began over 40 years ago, as an outstanding young athlete.
Soon he advanced to become the leader of his water polo hometown clubs, Rarl Nantes Perugla and
Club AS Roma. Eventually he rose to the Presidency of LEN, but along the way, he helped to plan and realize
the European Sports Association Against Drugs, becoming its President. In 1983, he became the Chairman
of the European Swimming Championship Organizing Committee followed the next year as Vice
President of the Italian Swimming Federation. Later as President, his strong leadership led to the Italian National
Water Polo Team winning the Grand Slam of Water Polo—Olympic Games, World Championships,
European Championships and FINA Cup, all in one year, 1992.
Under his initiative was born COMEN (TheMediterranean Confederation of Swimming) created for a stronger unity in the Mediterranean
region and throughout Europe. Today, he is the Honorary Life President. In 1989, he was elected as a member of Executive Board of
the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). In 1990, he was elected President of LEN and two years later Vice President of FINA.
He was able to bring the 1994World Championships to Rome, serving as Chairman of the Organizing Committee as well as the Organizing
Committee of the 1985 European Championships. Under his guidance, LEN has had exceptional development. The birth of the
Euro League in water polo and restructuring of the European Championships ensured a greater diffusion of the sport technically with
more public and media support. Under his tenure, LEN participation by countries grew and in the 2007-2008 season, 1200 water polo
matches were played as well as the Men's andWomen's European Cups reorganized.
He was elected to four terms as LEN President and is currently serving his second term as FINAHonorary Secretary. Among his awards
include Golden Stars for Sport, Italian Republic Official Knights, Knight of Malta and Knight of Mauritian Order.