The Spainish Mermaid – Best synchronised swimmer of all times: Human capital, motivation, and leadership
Nicknamed ‘The Mermaid’, Gemma Mengual, a Spanish synchronized swimmer, is considered the best in the world ever and a global leader in her speciality. A sporting success in her country, she is the flag athlete of Spanish sport. Her natural beauty and friendly nature have made this minority sport fashionable in her country, with her services constantly sought after by advertising agencies and designers.
These days the artistic director of the Spanish synchronised swimming team, her passion for the sport started at a young age. Her cousin’s influence saw her enrolled at a local club when she was only eight years old.
The sport was the perfect fit for Gemma Mengual. It allowed her to combine her passions for music, dancing, and her love of water. She demonstrated her commitment right from the start. She was willing to put in the effort. Combined with her strong desire to excel, it is no surprise she excelled in the sport, joining the National team in 1992. Although she resigned from active competitions in 2012, she had managed to win 17 gold, 18 silver, and 12 bronze medals. Gemma Mengual had during her career excelled at World Championships, European Championships, and even the Olympic games. She is considered one of Spain’s most successful athletes ever.
Gemma Mengaul had also received many awards and accolades during her synchronised swimming career. Amongst these, she includes Best Spanish Sportswoman in 2005 and the Gold Medal – Royal Order of Sports Merit in 2007. She was also a candidate for the Prince of Asturias of Sports award in 2009.
Things took a turn in 2015 when Gemma Mengual announced that she was coming out of retirement to take part in the mixed duet with Pau Tibas at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Russia. She went on from there to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics with Ona Carbonell. They finished in fourth place.
Besides her swimming prowess, Gemma Mengaul also holds a degree in gemology and has been on the cover of numerous magazines. Amongst these, she includes Linea, Sport Life, Man, and Interviu. She also designs the swimsuits for Spain’s synchronised swimming team.
As a motivational speaker, Gemma Mengual focuses on such topics as unleashing human capital, motivation, leadership, and stories of overcoming adversity. She lives in Spain and presents in Spanish.