The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.
Brazil Women’s Water Polo CEO/Director
2014 Paragon Award / Water Polo
It was 1989, when Olga Pinciroli first organized women’s water polo in Brazil by securing a sponsorship that allowed the team, that was not yet considered an official team by the federation, to participate in a championship in Alhambra, CA. After that performance, the Brazilian Aquatic Federation agreed to create Women’s Water Polo (WWP) of Brazil. It was because of Olga’s involvement, and her tenacity in obtaining sponsorships, that the Brazilian Women’s Water Polo Team participated in so many international tournaments and competitions.
In 1990, Olga was confirmed as the Director of the Brazilian Federation WWP during the World Championships in Perth, Australia. According to the President at that time, she was “a director with presidential power”. She remained director until 2003. In 2012, Olga was asked to return to her unique position of CEO/Director of the Brazilian Federation, WWP, due to the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games, which were to be held in her country of Brazil.
She has organized the Brazilian WWP team to be internationally competitive. She stimulated the coach’s interchange of ideas; organized both regional and national events, as well as one of two international championships; brought the junior and the national teams together to practice; brought and worked with the sports media to follow women’s water polo; and gained the respect and partnership of the clubs, to organize the practices and the tournaments. The Brazilian team won the silver medal at the Pan-American Games, held in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999.
Olga organized beach tournaments, acquired important sponsorships, which enabled the national team the freedom to plan its schedule in a yearly timeline. She developed an alignment of goals and values, focusing on having integration among all the members of the Brazilian delegation: players, coaches, officials, physical trainers, doctors, and leaders. As an active member of this group of talented and passionate participants, she helped bring forth an intensive movement. A goal was to have woman’s water polo included as an event at the Olympic Games. She was a leader in this movement, having earned respect among woman’s sports figures of other countries. The goal of the inclusion of women’s water polo was finally achieved and realized at the Olympic Games, held in Sydney Australia in 2000.
She has led Brazilian Water Polo for 15 years, and during that time period, she has brought forth values and teachings that strongly contribute to the everyday professional sports, and to the family life of the players. She celebrated those 15 years in a farewell in 2003. She has been recognized for her contributions to women’s water polo with many accolades and awards, and even has a prestigious award named after her – “The Olga Pinciroli Trophy”, which is given to the winner of the Brazilian Woman’s Water Polo Championships.
Olga Pinciroli has been the Brazilian women’s water polo inspiration, and is the best example possible that dreams can become reality. She has talent, is a tireless worker, and has held inspiring positions that have positively influenced others in and outside the sport of women’s water polo!
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