Mission and vision

Water polo, as one of the most trophy-winning sports in Croatian history, deserves the attention, dedication and the most competent personnel to provide our youngest with the highest quality sports development. This is precisely why Ratko Štritof, former captain of the Croatian national team and winner of many awards, came up with the idea of establishing the first water polo camp in Croatia. The idea is for young participants to experience water polo in the right way and make the most of their potential. In addition, sport is an opportunity to acquire a sense of responsibility, collegiality and the extremely important aspect of friendship. Through this water polo adventure, children between the ages of 10 and 15 will be led by Ratko Štritof and a team of trained managers and trainers, in completely safe and controlled conditions.

Why choose us?


Ratko Štritof

Main trainer

Ratko Štritof was born in Rijeka in 1972. As a nine-year-old boy, he discovered his passion for water polo, which has never faded. His professional biography is truly impressive. As the crown of his career, he won a silver medal on the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996, and he added to his collection two European silver medals from championships in Florence and Kranj. He was the captain of the Croatian national team and in 2002 he was proclaimed as the best Croatian water polo player. He is the most rewarded player of HAVK Mladost of all time, with 25 won tournaments and winner of 4 Champions League titles. After his playing career, he became a coach and managed several first-league Croatian and foreign clubs. In recent years, he has been responsible for younger categories of HAVK Mladost.

In his rich coaching career, he led younger age categories, senior clubs in Croatia and Italy, as well as the Croatian under-15 national team.

  • 2010-2011. Trener U15 – Simply Sport Pescara (Pescara), ITALY
  • 2011-2012. Glavni trener – A2 Simply Sport Pescara (Pescara), ITALY
  • 2012-2013. Trener U15 – Vaterpolo klub Mladost (Zagreb), CROATIA
  • 2013-2015. Glavni trener U15 CROATIA NATIONAL TEAM
  • 2015-2016. Glavni trener COMO NUOTO (first team) + U20 and U18
  • 2017-2018. Glavni trener HAVK MLADOST (first team)
  • 2018-2019. Trener HAVK MLADOST U12
  • 2019-2020. Trener HAVK MLADOST U14
  • 2020-2021. Trener HAVK MLADOST U16

He started his playing career in HAVK Mladost and continued in the biggest Italian clubs.  Temporarily, he returned to Mladost and finished his playing career in Pescara, Italy.

  • 2010-2011. Pescara/ ITALY
  • 2008-2009. Firenze/ITALY
  • 2007-2008. Posillipo (Naples)/ITALY
  • 2006-2007. Mladost (Zagreb)/CROATIA
  • 2005-2006. Ortigia (Sicily)/ITALY
  • 2003-2005. Posillipo (Naples)/ITALY
  • 1982-2003. Mladost (Zagreb)/CROATIA

In an admirable club career, he won multiple Croatian and Italian championships and cups, as well as European leagues and cups.

  • CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE: 1989, 1990, 1996. Mladost (Zagreb), 2005. Posillipo (Naples)
  • EURO CUP: 1999. Mladost (Zagreb)
  • MAN LEN TROPHY: 1991, 2001. Mladost (Zagreb)
  • SUPER CUP EUROPE: 1996. Mladost (Zagreb)
  • YUGOSLAVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: 1990. Mladost (Zagreb)
  • YUGOSLAVIAN CUP: 1989. Mladost (Zagreb)
  • CROATIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003. Mladost (Zagreb)
  • ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: 2004. Posillipo (Naples)
  • CUP CROATIA: 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2002. Mladost (Zagreb)

He is the owner of silver medal in Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996, and two silver medals from European championship in Florence and Kranj.


He participated in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, where he was the team captain.

  • 2000. SIDNEY
  • 1996. ATLANTA

All his achievements were immortalized in 2002, when he was proclaimed as the best Croatian water polo player.  He ended his career with more than 250 appearances for the Croatian national team.

The most rewarded player of HAVK Mladost with 25 titles.

Ivana Šamija

Senior trainer

Ivana Šamija was born in Rijeka in 1989. She started her swimming journey as a nine-year-old in PK Primorje and later, she joined the Zagreb swimming club. She was a multiple state champion in junior and senior categories and represented Croatia at the European Junior Championship in Budapest. Since 2012, she has been counted among the top athletes of the first category. Beside achieving excellent coaching experience, she devoted herself to studying at the Faculty of Kinesiology. She was engaged in a sports program with children of preschool age and in cooperative swimming lessons with the Opatija Red Cross. She was a swimming coach in the Zagreb swimming club for junior and senior categories, as well as in the synchronised swimming club ŠASK. Today, she holds the position of Secretary General in the Croatian Federation of Synchronised Swimming and teaches at a swimming school.


Marko Jelavić

Senior trainer

Marko Jelavić entered the world of water polo when he was seven years old. He made his first steps in Medveščak, to which he remained loyal throughout his playing career and where he also started his coaching career. In his younger years, he was the Croatian champion in all categories and was a member of the Croatian junior national team. He was a member of the team that led Medveščak to historic success: the quarterfinals of the Len euro league. During his water polo journey he worked with and learned from Croatian water polo legends such as, Dubravko Šimenc, Tino Vergar, Ivan Asić and Emil Nikolić. Marko is currently working with younger ages at the water polo club Medveščak. He also gained knowledge in representative cups of HVS, and he achieved great success with the younger age groups of Medveščak, winning several Croatian championships.