April 4, 1967
George Mavrotas (Greek: Γιώργος Μαυρωτάς; born April 4, 1967 in Athens, Greece) currently is a member of the Greek Parliament, while also being a retired Greek water polo player and associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens.
Mavrotas played in five consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country from 1984 to 2000. He is, jointly with Spaniard Chiqui Sans, the sixth water polo player to compete at five Olympics, after Briton Paul Radmilovic, Brazilian João Gonçalves Filho, Hungarian Dezső Gyarmati, Italian Gianni De Magistris, and fellow Spaniard Manuel Estiarte. He is, jointly with shooter Agi Kassoumi, the fourth Greek to compete at five modern Olympics, after shooters Ioannis Theofilakis and Alexandros Theofilakis and sailor Tasos Bountouris.
Mavrotas played 511 times for the Greek National Team (a national record for team sports) and is among a few water polo players worldwide that has participated in five Olympic Games, just one behind the sport legend Manuel Estiarte. His major career achievements is the second place in the World Cup of 1997 as captain of the Greek national team, and the first place in the European Cup of Cup Winners also in 1997, with his club Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni. In 1999, he participated in the world selection team. From 2003 to 2009, he was member of the Greek Anti-Doping Organization (ESKAN). Mavrotas is now following an academic career, as an associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens with expertise in Operational Research.
In January 2015 he was elected as member of the Greek Parliament with the pro-European, reforming party "To Potami" (The River).
In addition to his athletic career, in 1990 he completed his studies at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) at the School of Chemical Engineering. In 2000 he received his doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the field of Operational Research. Since December 2003 he has begun his academic career at the Laboratory of Industrial & Energy Economics at the School of Chemical Engineering of the NTUA and today he is Associate Professor.
Since 1994 he has been married to Fani Stathakopoulou and has two sons, Leonidas and Aris.
In 2010 he wrote the novel "Theorem of Seven" containing a number of autobiographical details and focuses on the importance of friendship, collective effort, victory and defeat.
In 2014 he returned to active action and played in the A1 championship with the Hydraikos team.
In 2014 he was a candidate for the European Parliament with The River.
On January 25 2015, he was elected a member of the Greek Parliament (the Attica Region) of the River (To Potami).
Since January 2018, he is Chairman in the Subcommittee on Education, Youth and Sport of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe
Notes and references
- NTUA's academic web page (http://www.chemeng.ntua.gr/gm/)
- Hellenic Olympic Committee (http://www.hoc.gr)
- Hellenic Association of Olympic Winners (http://www.olympionikes.gr)
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Georgios Mavrotas". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04.
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