HaBaWaBa International Festival

Nothing’s like HaBaWaBa

HaBaWaBa International Festival is the biggest youth waterpolo event in the world. It’s a unique happening because it allows children to play as well as to meet peers coming from every corner of the Earth and to live together for a week in a protected environment, but out of parents’ control, sharing an experience beyond sport.

 

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About HaBaWaBa International Festival

The HaBaWaBa International Festival, reserved for children aged between 6 and 12 years, is at the centre of HaBaWaBa universe. Conceived and organized by Waterpolo Development, the event is “supported by” FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation), COMEN (Confédération Méditerranéenne de Natation) e FIN (Swimming Italian Federation). Since 2008, the year of the first edition, it involves young athletes, coaches, managers, fans and families: every year more than 3 thousand people gather at the Bella Italia & EFA Village in Lignano Sabbiadoro (ITA), the home of the HaBaWaBa International Festival, for a week of sport and more. 

The event attracts clubs from different continents and countries and offers a perfect scenario to promote solidarity, regardless of gender, ethnic background faith or culture. The HaBaWaBa International Festival brings people together: hundreds of children, coaches and parents come from all over the world, speaking different languages or having different cultures, compete in a friendly and fun international competition. 

Since its origins, the Festival has been divided into two competitions, U9 and U11, which mixed teams, composed of boys and girls, participate in. However, after the cancellation of the event due to Covid-19 in 2020, in 2021 the competition categories will change: the Festival will be reserved for U10 and U12 players.

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The venue

The HaBaWaBa International Festival takes place in Lignano Sabbiadoro (ITA), at the Bella Italia EFA Village which lies deep in a huge pine forest, close the sea: it is equipped with leisure areas, aquapark and a large beach. The Village contains 4 pools, where 6 waterpolo fields are installed.     

The ethical value of sport

FAIR PLAY

There is no fun if there is no respect. There’s no true sport if there is no real sharing of its most noble values. For these reasons fair play is the pillar of HaBaWaBa. In order to enhance this principle, Waterpolo Development created the Champion Passport, an ethical code for HaBaWaBa players that was translated into 18 languages. The founding values of the Champion Passport are loyalty during the challenge, respect for the opponent, respect for the rules, repudiation of violence and all forms of racism, moral equality between winners and losers.

Every year the HaBaWaBa International Festival assigns the Fair Play Trophy, a special recognition that is awarded to the team that, more than any other during the event, demonstrates via their behaviour that they have embraced the principles of HaBaWaBa. An evaluation of each team is submitted in the report of every match by the game secretary in the form of points. Those points create the Fair Play ranking. In case there is a tie, the Fair Play Trophy is awarded by draw.

The only individual trophy

GOLDEN BABY

Following the HaBaWaBa spirit, International Festival don’t award individual trophies, neither top scorer’s ones: every athlete plays, wins or loses as a member of a team. The only exception is the Golden Baby, the award for the youngest player of the whole event. That’s a way to remember that the HaBaWaBa International Festival is a great celebration which aims to make kids fall in love with waterpolo and sport.

Learn and have fun

WORKSHOPS

At HaBaWaBa International Festival the values of civil society - already enhanced by sport and sharing with other kids coming from different countries - are powered by special playing-educational workshops, which every team participate in during the event. Workshops are organized by experts chosen by Waterpolo Development and allow kids to learn having fun.

Respect for the environment, multiculturalism, the importance of a good nutrition and basic resuscitation skills are just some of the topics of the HaBaWaBa workshops during last years. Experts hold these seminars smiling and trying to stimulate one of the greatest tools available for kids: imagination.

The internship

HABAWABA REFEREE

Not only kids have the chance to learn at HaBaWaBa International Festival. Cooperating with GUG - the Officials Group of Italian Swimming Federation - Waterpolo Development organize an internship for wannabe referees, under the supervision of former international referee Dante Saeli.

In fact, one of the goal of the event is to help to create a more aware group of referees.

HaBaWaBa International Festival memories

Videos from the last edition of the event  

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2019 – Video resume

The emotions of the event in Lignano Sabbiadoro

HaBaWaBa for Ratko Rudic and Fabio Bencivenga

The interviews with the Croatian guru, co-founder of HaBaWaBa movement, and the testimonial of 2019

Rules change – Legal defense

Video explication of the new regulation in effect since 2019

HaBaWaBa Official App

Thanks to Delta I.S.O. company, in 2018 Waterpolo Development launched an HaBaWaBa official app that let you know every club, team and player participating in HaBaWaBa events. Using the app, you can also check the schedules and the live results and rankings of the competitions. Free download of the HaBaWaBa App is available on Google Play and App Store.

Winners & Trophies

Read the roll of honour of the HaBaWaBa International Festival

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HaBaWaBa International Festival 2008

 

Torneo 1999 e seguenti

Born 1999 and younger

Torneo 1997 e seguenti 

Born 1997 and youger 

Squadra campione/Gold Medal

Poble Nou (Esp)

Vouliagmeni Delfinia (Gre)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

C.N. Posillipo (Ita)

Poble Nou (Esp)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Vouliagmeni Papakia (Gre), S.N. Vomero (Ita)

Leonessa Brescia (Ita), Mladost (Cro)

Migliore allenatore/Best coach

Adria Jurado (Poble Nou, Esp)

Fillippos Sakellis  (Vouliagmeni Delfinia, Gre)

Miglior portiere/Best goalkeeper

Gian Marco Abbate (C.N. Posillipo., Ita)

Max Vernet (Poble Nou, Esp)

Capocannoniere/Top scorer

Ivan Occhiello (C.N. Posillipo, Ita)

Paul Bodrea (Steaua Dolphins, Rou)

Golden Mama

Carmela Moio (Mamma di Roberto Scalzone Oro Tiro a volo Olimpiadi Monaco 1972)  

Arbitro/Referee

Filippo Gomez  

Testimonial

Mario Fiorillo

 

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2009

 

Torneo 2000 e seguenti

Born 2000 and younger 

Torneo 1998 e seguenti Born 1998 and younger 

Squadra campione/Gold medal

Vouliagmeni Papakia (Gre)

Bogliasco (Ita)

Seconda classificata/Silver Medal

Poble Nou (Esp)

Poble Nou (Esp)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Sport Management Quikko (Ita), Vouliagmenni Psarakia (Gre)

Montenegro Team (Mne), Vouliagmeni Gorgones (Gre)

Migliore allenatore/Best coach

Spiros Boulouguras (Vouliagmeni Papakia, Gre)

Luigi Boldrini (Bogliasco, Ita)

Miglior portiere/Best goalkeeper

David Serrano (Poble Nou, Esp)

Guillem Vilar (Poble Nou, Esp)

Capocannoniere/Top scorer

Michele Mezzarobba (Trieste Delfini, Ita)

Damiano Bogni (Acilia Aquile, Ita)

Golden Baby 

Nicolas Aguayo (Poble Nou, Esp) 

Golden Mama

Mariangela Pagura (Mamma di/Mother of Chiara Cainero)  

Arbitri/Referees

Dante Saeli

 Alberto Del Favero

Testimonial

Alessandro Bovo

Maddalena Musumeci

 

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2010

 

Torneo 2001 e seguenti

Born 2001 and younger 

Torneo 1999 e seguenti Born 1999 and younger 

Squadra campione/Gold medal

Vouliagmeni Psarakia (Gre)

Montenegro Team (Mne)

Seconda classificata/Silver Medal

Anzio Nuoto e Pallanuoto (Ita)

Selezione Barcelona (Esp)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Orsetti Latina (Ita), R.N. Salerno (Ita)

Vouliagmeni Poseidones (Gre), Levante Rumente (Ita)

Migliore allenatore/Best coach

Spiros Boulouguras (Vouliagmeni Psarakia, Gre)

Petar Radanovic (Montenegro Team, Mne)

Miglior portiere/Best goalkeeper

Marco Castaldo (Anzio Nuoto e Pallanuoto, Ita)

Pau Vilar e Arino Bertran (Selezione Barcelona, Ita)

Capocannoniere/Top scorer

Nicolas Sica (R.N. Salerno, Ita)

Michele Mezzarobba (Trieste, Ita)

Golden Baby 

Davide Ruggi (Rapallo, Ita) 

Golden Mama

Patrizia Pendola (Mamma di Maurizio Felugo) 

Arbitri/Referees

Dante Saeli

 Alberto Del Favero

Testimonial

Maurizio Felugo

Alexandra Araujo

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2011

 

Torneo 2002 e seguenti Born 2002 and younger

Torneo 2000 e seguenti

Born 2000 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal

RN Savona (Ita)

Vouliagmeni Poseidones (Gre)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

Medium Verona (Ita)

Mediterrani Blau (Esp)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Vouliagmeni Papakia (Gre), Marseille (Fra)

Sant Andreu Taurones (Esp), Coccodrilli Posillipo (Ita)

Migliore allenatore/Best coach

Alberto Bertolotti  (RN Savona, Ita)

Spiros Boulouguras (Vouliagmeni Poseidones, Gre)

Miglior portiere/Best goalkeeper

Claudia Ceriotti (Medium Verona, Ita)

Edgar Nogueras (Mediterrani Blau, Esp)

Capocannoniere/Top scorer

Thomas Vernoux (Marseille, Fra)

Alejandra Aznar (Mediterrani Blau, Esp)

Golden Baby

Sara Proietti (SM Verona, Ita)

Golden Mama

Giuseppina Granbassi (Mamma di Margherita Granbassi) 

Arbitro/Referee

Dante Saeli  

Testimonial

Deni Lusis

Mislav Bezmalinovic

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2012

 

Torneo 2003 e seguenti

Born 2003 and youngers

Torneo 2001 e seguenti

Born 2001 and youngers

Squadra campione/Gold medal

Mirmidoni Salerno (Ita)

Posillipo (Ita)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

Barcelona (Esp)

Akademija Cattaro (Mne)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals 

Arenzano (Ita), Bogliasco (Ita)

Avus Aligator (Hun), Pays d’Aix Natation (Fra)

Migliore allenatore/Best coach

Walter Fasano (Mirmidoni, Ita)

Francesco Falco (Posillipo, Ita)

Miglior portiere/Best goalkeeper

Paul Vilar Estrada (Barcelona, Esp)

Samir Spahic (Mediterrani Blau, Esp)

Capocannoniere/Top scorer

Giorgios Papanikolau (Vouliagmeni, Gre)

Alessandro Leone (Arechi Salerno, Ita)

Golden Baby 

Francesco di Russo (Orsetti Latina, Ita), Sara Proietti (SM Verona, Ita)

Golden Mama

Amalia Cracchiolo (mamma di Alessandro Campagna)

Arbitri/Referees 

Dante Saeli

Riccardo Carmignani

Testimonial

Carlo Silipo

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2013

 

Torneo 2004 e seguenti

Born 2004 and younger

Torneo 2002 e seguenti

Born 2002 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal

Mirmidoni Salerno (Ita)

RN Savona (Ita)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

CN Marseille (Fra)

CN Marseille (Fra)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Arenzano (Ita), Bogliasco (Ita)

Avus Aligator (Hun), Pays D’Aix Requins (Fra)

Migliore portiere/Best goalkeeper

Esteban Artero (Marseille, Fra)

Mathis Pellegrini (Marseille, Fra)

Capocannoniere/Top scorer

Thomas Vernoux (Marseille, Fra)

Milos Mrsic

Golden Baby

Ettore Bodrato (Ita)

Golden Mama

Biserka Bukic (Mamma di Perica Bukic)

Arbitri/Referees

Filippo Gomez

Boris Margeta

Testimonial

Perica Bukic

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2014

 

Torneo 2005 e seguenti

Born 2005 and younger 

Torneo 2003 e seguenti

Born 2003 and youngers

Squadra campione/Gold medal

Marseille White Sharks (Fra)

Club Natacio Barcelona (Esp)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

Mirmidoni Salerno (Ita)

Swim Academy (Ita)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Plebiscito Padova (Ita), Akademija Cattaro (Mne)

Blu Team Catania (Ita), Arechi Invicti (Ita)

Golden Baby

Giammaria Di Lenola (Latina Pallanuoto, Ita)

Golden Mama

Anna Fantini (Mamma di Valentino Gallo)

Testimonial

Valentino Gallo

Ospite d’onore 

Gianni De Magistris

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2015

 

Torneo 2006 e seguenti

Born 2006 and younger 

Torneo 2004 e seguenti

Born 2004 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal 

RN Bogliasco (Ita)

Posillipo Coccodrilli (Ita)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

RN Savona 2006 (Ita)

White Shark Marseille (Fra)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Cattaro06 (Mne), Small Team Arenzano (Ita)

Ferencvaros (Hun), RN Savona 2004 (Ita)

Fair Play 

ASD Blu 3000 (Ita)

Golden Baby

Leonardo Fiorini (Akrosport Roma- Mini, Ita)

Testimonial

Alessandro Bovo

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2016

 

Torneo 2007 e seguenti

Born 2007 and younger 

Torneo 2005 e seguenti

Born 2005 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal 

KSI Blue Dolphins (Hun) 

CM Marseile White Shark (Fra) 

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

CN Marseille Bull Shark (Fra)

Arechi Dream Team (Ita) 

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Gezira Sharks (Egy), Posillipo Coccodrilli U9 (Ita)

Posillipo Coccodrilli (Ita), Szegedi 1 (Hun)

Fair Play 

Imperia Ranette (Ita)

Waterpolo Bari (Ita)

Golden Baby

Nicolò Masiero (Latina-Aquademia, Ita)

Testimonial

Paolo De Crescenzo

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2017

 

Torneo 2008 e seguenti

Born 2008 and younger 

Torneo 2006 e seguenti

Born 2006 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal 

Team Azur Monaco (Fra-Mco)

Posillipo Coccodrilli (Ita)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

Patras Dias (Gre)

Ferencvaros (Hun)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Savona 09 (Ita), KSI Blue Dolphins (Hun)

Savona U11 (Ita), Ondablu Dalmine (Ita)

Fair Play 

KSI Blue Dolphins (Hun)

Patras Apollon (Gre)

Golden Baby

Georgia Lampatou (Patras Nautical Club, Gre)

Testimonial

Stefano Tempesti

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2018

 

Torneo 2009 e seguenti

Born 2009 and younger 

Torneo 2007 e seguenti

Born 2007 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal 

Pallanuoto Salerno (Ita)

Aqavion (Ita)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

Pro Recco Academy – Nuotatori Genovesi (Ita)

San Mauro Tigri (Ita)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

KSI Blue Dolphins (Hun), Small Team Arenzano (Ita)

Avus (Hun), Swim Academy 07 (Ita)

Fair Play 

Leoncini Roma Vis Nova-Perugia (Ita)

Laxerti My Sport (Ita)

Golden Baby

Tommaso Dottori (Leoncini Roma Vis Nova-Perugia, Ita)

Testimonial

Sandro Campagna

HaBaWaBa International Festival 2019

 

Torneo 2010 e seguenti

Born 2010 and younger 

Torneo 2008 e seguenti

Born 2008 and younger

Squadra campione/Gold medal 

Blue Dolphins KSI (Hun)

Pecsi Sport U11 (Hun)

Seconda classificata/Silver medal

Club Aquatico Pescara (Ita)

Bradale Savona (Ita)

Terze classificate/Bronze medals

Campanassa Savona (Ita), Team Azur Paca (Fra)

Szeged (Hun), Szolnok (Hun)

Fair Play 

Lupetti Perugia (Ita), Manianpama XS (Ita)

Sote (Hun)

Golden Baby

Vittoria Gerosa (N.C. Monza – Blue Wave Crabs, Ita)

Testimonial

Fabio Bencivenga

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