Olympic medalist Brenda Villa visits local YMCA
Women’s water polo is not the most talked about Olympic event, but the sport’s most decorated athlete Brenda Villa encourages people to give it a try.
“It’s a sport that can give you so many life lessons, like teamwork, discipline, managing your time. And so, I want to inspire the kids through my story to have try something new like water polo.”
As a four-time Olympic medalist, Villa took her passion for the sport of water polo and turned it into a career.
“I know that when I graduated Stanford, I’d already competed in the Olympics and I wasn’t sure with what I wanted to do. But I had the opportunity to go play in Italy, and compete in three more Olympics and it allowed me to be incredibly active. And you make these great relationships with amazing people and you represent your country. So, why wouldn’t you want to do that?”
Now a retired athlete, Villa’s focus has switched to spreading the sport.
“Growing up, I didn’t have that many role models that were like me. Looking to female athletes or professional athletes who were of Hispanic descent, there weren’t that many. If I can help kids dream big, that’s what I want to do.”