Young Zianna Wright is making waves in water polo, after picking up three gold medals at the French water polo championships, not including her two regional titles. The 14 year-old resident of Monaco plays for the men’s U15 team of Monaco. This year, Monaco was the only team to include a girl in the U15 boy’s finals. A choice with winning results, because Monaco’s team was crowned champion of France in the category for the first time in history.
Zianna Wright found her passion for water polo after dabbling in gymnastics and Taekwendo as a young girl. At the age of 9, her parents suggested that she try a team sport and she joined Monaco’s water polo team as one of two girls. Since then, she has become the only girl on the team. In a recent press interview, she revealed that boys underestimate her. According to her coach, Manuel Laversanne, she is a very determined young athlete. The team, which practices intensively for two-and-a-half hour training sessions five times per week, is very proud of their stellar performance at the French Championships.
Zianna Wright is no stranger to gold medals, on 15 May she won gold with the U17 Olympic women of Nice. She also won a third national title during the Coupe de France des Ligues U15 girls. She also won two other regional titles, with the U13 and U15 boys.
Things are about to change for the young athlete, because at the end of next season, she will no longer be able to train with the boys in Monaco, as co-ed for water polo stops at the age of 15. Nonetheless, Zianna Wright’s athletic future is bright and she is welcome to continue playing for Nice’s women’s team. In a recent press interview, the young athlete said that she hopes her career will encourage others girls to play the sport, even if they have to join an all-boys team.