One of the stars of the summer, and a star of the future, Vince Vigvari was the latest guest to join James Spencer-Boyce on the Total Waterpolo Podcast.
There was much to talk about, including his rivalry with his older brother and national teammate, Vendel Vigvari – a rivalry that certainly fuels success. In Vince’s own words, his journey to the top of the sport is intertwined with a compelling narrative of sibling rivalry and mutual support. “There is naturally a competition,” Vigvari admits, reflecting on his relationship with his older brother, Vendel. “Whatever we do, especially for us, we both play water polo. We play the same position, so there is obviously a competition, but we always wanted to make sure that our relationship and our family bond are first, and then the competition in water polo and in everything else in life is second.”
OSC’s young sensation exudes self-assuredness, particularly when discussing his attitude towards becoming a world champion. “It was a dream of mine, but it wasn’t really just a dream because of the confidence I have and the ambitions I have,” Vigvari shares. His unwavering determination and a profound belief in his capabilities have propelled him to world championship glory, even at the tender age of 20. Reflecting on this incredible accomplishment, Vigvari expresses both pride and humility. “I always thought of it as if it really would be real, I would get to it,” he explains. “I didn’t know if it would be when I was 20 years old. It is a really big thing for me that it happened so early in my career. But I was always sure that at some point, we would get there. We worked for it, and we made it happen.”
Vince and Vendel’s path to success was paved with dedication, but according to Vigvari, not sacrifice. “Everyone tells you that if you want to play professional sports, you have to sacrifice a lot,” he shares. “Your social life, maybe a girlfriend, partying, being with your schoolmates, and a lot of other stuff. But for me and for both of us, my brother, it wasn’t really a sacrifice because water polo was the number 1 thing we wanted to do growing up.”
“We wanted to play every day and a lot of hours every day because we really enjoy it. We are still enjoying it now. So it wasn’t a sacrifice for us,” Vince emphasizes.
When asked about the countries whose water polo Vince admires, his praise is resoundingly directed towards Spain. “I would say Spain now because the way they play water polo is just beautiful for me,” he notes. Vigvari acknowledges Spain’s meticulous system, top-tier players, and a style of play that he considers “the purest of water polo.”
Intriguingly, Vigvari doesn’t dismiss the idea of playing for a Spanish club. “Yes, I would love to play there,” he reveals. “In a great environment and in a good club, so that I will have the chance to compete for the Champions League title.”
Vince discusses a range of other topics on the show, including more insights into his relationship with teammates, his personal life, gym and nutritional tips, and much more! You can stream the latest episode of the Total Waterpolo Podcast now via YouTube, Spotify, and all major podcast streaming hosts.