The Women's GBR U19 Water Polo team have headed out to Rome to compete in the European Champs, so we thought you'd like to get to know team captain Lauren Tasker.
The 18-year-old Liverpool Lizards player has had a fantastic year so far, celebrating glory with her club winning the British Gas Women's Water Polo Championships, and competing for England at the Commonwealth Water Polo Champs in Aberdeen.
Tasker was one of the youngest members of the team who created history winning Commonwealth gold, alongside the Men's team, producing an historic Commonwealth double.
- Date of Birth: 27/03/96
- Born: Liverpool
- Team/Club: City Of Liverpool
- Coach: Gordon Dacre & Joanne Mountfield
IN THE POOL
Greatest achievement to date: Coming 8th at the 2013 World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships in Volos (Greece).
Role models: Fiona McCann and Chloe Wilcox.
Training regime: Two pool sessions and one gym session per day.
Last thing you do before leaving the changing room before a match: Psych myself up into a positive mind-set.
My aspirations are: To compete at the Olympics.
OUT OF THE POOL
Tip for the top: Even at the hardest times, dedication can lead to success.
Career after/outside of water polo: Sports Scientist
Would most like to meet: Zac Efron
Biggest influence on career: My parents
Ultimate relaxation: Having a massage.
Band/music: Anything in the charts at the time.
Hobbies: Water Polo (obviously) and going to the gym.
Films: Pitch Perfect and 500 Days of Summer.
First water polo memory: My first National League game in Manchester Aquatics Centre. I was still learning the rules of the game and consequently I nearly got drowned by my opponent (steep learning curve).