Well done to Spain’s Unai Aguirre and Judith Forca.
LEN Awards Water Polo Winners
Men: Unai Aguirre (ESP)World Champion, Best goalkeeper of the World Championships, European bronze medallist, World League bronze medallist Women: Judith Forca (ESP) World Championship 5th, Top scorer of the World Championship, European champion, World League winner, Euro League runner-up (w/Sabadell)
Spain doubled down on the water polo rewards as their national teams enjoyed a great summer of 2022 – the men became world champions while the women retained their European title.
Unai Aguirre was the best goalie at the Worlds and the voters recognised his outstanding contribution – he is the first Spanish man to win the award and the third goalie since 2008.
Among the women, the Spaniards are frequent victors, Judith Forca is the third in four years and the seventh on the all-time list.
2022 LEN Awards Voting results
Water polo, MenUnai Aguirre, ESP 36,39% Szilard Jansik, HUN 23,96% Alvaro Granados, ESP 14,93% Marko Bijac, CRO 14,92% Giacomo Cannella, ITA 9,80% Water polo, Women Judith Forca, ESP 31,80% Rita Keszthelyi, HUN 27,37% Eleftheria Plevritou, GRE 17,57% Brigitte Sleeking, NED 14,63% Roberta Bianconi, ITA 8,42%
LEN Awards Water Polo Honours Board / Past winners
WATER POLOMen 2008: Peter Biros (Hungary) 2009: Filip Filipovic (Serbia) 2010: Vanja Udovicic (Serbia) 2011: Stefano Tempesti (Italy) 2012: Miho Boskovic (Croatia) 2013: Denes Varga (Hungary) 2014: Filip Filipovic (Serbia) 2015: Dusko Pijetlovic (Serbia) 2016: Filip Filipovic (Serbia) 2017: Marko Bijac (Croatia) 2018: Filip Filipovic (Serbia) 2019: Francesco di Fulvio (Italy) 2021: Filip Filipovic (Serbia) 2022: Unai Aguirre (Spain) Women 2008: Danielle De Bruijn (Netherlands) 2009: Iefke van Belkum (Netherlands) 2010: Sofia Konukh (Russia) 2011: Alexandra Asimaki (Greece) 2012: Anni Espar (Spain) 2013: Jennifer Pareja (Spain) 2014: Maria Garcia (Spain) 2015: Roberta Bianconi (Italy) 2016: Roberta Bianconi (Italy) 2017: Laura Ester (Spain) 2018: Sabrina van der Sloot (Netherlands) 2019: Laura Ester (Spain) 2021: Beatriz Ortiz (Spain) 2022: Judith Forca (Spain)