Chloe Wilcox has been part of the senior international water polo squad since 2004 and was part of the England team to play at the 2006 Commonwealths in Perth. She is one of Britain’s most consistent players, having won silver, and then gold two years later, at the European B Champs. Having been a key player for GBR in many major tournaments, she is now part of the team who have qualified for the LEN European Championship Finals which take place in Budapest in July.
Describe a typical day.
I'm currently playing for a club team called Mataro, a city near Barcelona. A typical day consists of waking up around 10am, or just when I wake up, as 'morning' training begins at 1.30pm! I work two days a week 8-9am, nannying/talking English with a local family, to remind myself that mornings still exist! We do weights/circuits first, then pool session after. After training I eat my lunch at the restaurant at the pool. I also work every afternoon in an English Academy for an hour and a half doing English conversation with the pupils. It's great fun and easy as I just have to chat away! At 8pm it's back to the pool for another training session. We train outdoors all season, so when we finish around 9.45/10pm, it's freezing! It’s dinner time when I get home followed by a Skype call with friends or family, then bed time around midnight.
When did you learn to swim and play water polo?
I've been going to swimming lessons since I was about four years old. As I'm from a big family my mum said it was the only way to tire us all out, so she would take us all every week. I started to play water polo when I was about 14 as there was a club on after swimming training. I enjoyed it so much I ended up giving up swimming club and travelling to other towns to do extra water polo training sessions.
What is your greatest water polo achievement so far?
That's easy, London 2012!
Do you know how many titles or medals you have won?
I have no idea, they're all hung up in my bedroom at home.
And your worst water polo moment?
Losing the quarter-finals at the Olympics and realising we couldn't win a medal.
What was your first overseas or international event?
Four nations tournament in Lille, France (2005).
What are your sporting ambitions?
To be at the next Olympics, Rio 2016.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Yes, I have four older brothers, Adam, Tom, Joe and Sam.
Are they involved in water polo or any other aquatic sports?
We all were involved in swimming from a young age and made it to County level with a few national qualifying times sometimes, but because we lived miles away from everywhere we only trained 3-4 times a week. My brother Sam went to Grantham Water Polo Academy and is still a massive water polo fan. He's teaching at a school in Vietnam and has started his own water polo team out there!
Do they have any annoying habits?
Where do I start…haha! Let's just say I learnt how to put up a fight from a young age.
Do you have any hobbies apart from water polo?
I'm currently studying an Open University module on social psychology and I have been having Spanish lessons.
What music, singers or bands do you like?
At the moment I'm listening to Ella Eyre a lot, but I enjoy all types of music…’cheese’, dance, rock, pop and R&B.
What is your favourite TV programme?
Modern Family (re-watching it in Spanish at the moment!).
What was the last film you saw?
12 Years a Slave.
What was the last book you read?
The Hunger Games.
What are your favourite food and drink?
Such a hard question…you can't beat a good bar of chocolate and a milkshake!
What is your favourite colour?
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Do you come from a sporting family?
I'd say so yes
What makes you so good at your sport?
Being brought up with four brothers definitely made me super competitive.
Do you have any superstitions?
What is your star sign?
What was your favourite subject at school?
If you were stranded on a desert island, which three things would you most want (apart from a phone)?
A map, a speedboat and a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
What would be your ideal job or career apart from water polo?
This I am not really sure about at the moment as I just love swimming, but maybe a water slide tester!
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you spent money on?
Family and friends.
Do you have any pets?
My Spanish housemate Mar has a hamster called Bigotis (which means whiskers in Catalan).
If you came back as an animal in a future life, what would you like to be?
A Golden Eagle, I'd love to be able to fly.
Any advice to young up-and-coming athletes?
Short and long-term goal setting is crucial to improving and giving you focus but most importantly, enjoy what you do.