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Saba Oboladze

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Personal Profile

Country: Georgia

Date of birth: 19/06/2005

Height: 6 feet 4 inches

Weight: 214 lbs

Sex: Male

Academic Information

School: Public School #161 Tbilisi

Graduation year: 2023

College Enrollment Year: 2023

Qualifications: 

High School Grades: Maths: A, History: A, English: A, Geography: A, Georgian Language & Literature: A, Civil Defence & Security: A;

SAT: Not taken yet

TOEFL: Not taken yet

Water Polo Profile

WATER POLO INFORMATION

Position: Central Defender (can play as mid-fielder & attacker)

Team Selections: U19 Georgia National Team, WPC Dinamo Tbilisi, Dinamo Laguna Vere

 

STATISTICS

Games Played (Season): 30

Games Started (Season): 30

Goals (Season): 12

Blocks (Season): 45+

Assists (Season): 12+

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

U14 National Cup Champions

U15 National Cup Champions

U17 National Cup Champions

U19 National Cup Champions

Interview

Give us 5 words that best describe you as an athlete:

Positive, Optimistic, Committed, Disciplined, Respectful.

Tell us about your best memory of your athletic career:

In 2021, I was preparing with the U17 national team of Georgia for the LEN Water-polo European Championship preliminary round. After almost 7 months of intensive preparations for the championship, I was shortlisted for the team roster. Unfortunately, I was injured during one of the final workout sessions and was forced to be eliminated from the team and subsequently the championship. It was very difficult for me to face the reality that after so many months of preparations and effort that I put into the process – I could not participate and help the team.

This experience was groundbreaking and influential for me as during the rehabilitation process I never stopped believing in myself that I would overcome this difficult period and come back to the team with even ore strength. I shifted myself to a positive mindset and cheered for my team while being injured and supported them as much as I could. In the end, at the age of 15, I realized the process of being a professional athlete required me to never give up and constantly strive to become a better version of myself. It was that time when I felt how important water polo as a sport was to me – it shaped me as a person and helped me to grow into an accomplished athlete.

This period was the worst as well as the best time of my life. 

Goals:

I have both short-term and long-term goals. Firstly, I am focused on winning all the championships with my team this season. I also am aiming to become a player in the Adults Water Polo National Team of Georgia when the time comes. 

Most importantly, my main goal is to qualify for an Olympic Games for the first time in the history of Georgian Team sports. 

Anything else we should know? 

For me, the most important thing is to help my team achieve the goals that we often discuss in the dressing room before games. I find it very inspirational to commit to each game and focus on day-to-day winning mentality. I always try to positively influence my team members and maintain optimism during preparations for the games. I can recall the qualification games for European Championship against Turkey. We needed to draw in order to become the first qualifying team in the group stage and I found it one of the most challenging games as until the end the game was very equal. As I observed the game, each minute was important to fight mentally and never lose the main goal that we voiced in the dressing room. When I had a chance to interact with my team players, during the game, I shouted: “focus on the goal – we are united for Georgia”. It turned out that these motivational shouts helped us to bond and never lose track. After that match, we are always using the given phrase “We are united for Georgia” before and during the matches.
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