Barbara Filiou


Barbara Filliou is one of Greece’s most successful rhythmic gymnasts, most recently becoming a Greek champion in Athens in 2012. Barbara will also be representing Greece in 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games.

She has participated at the Athletic Cultural Association “Olympiakos Rythmos Argyroupolis” and has been a member of the Greek National Gymnastics Team since 2008.

She started training in gymnastics at the age of six at the Gymnastic Association in Nikea and then at the Gymnastic Association in Moschato. Filiou competed in Bakou at 2015 in the first European Games where she finished 7th in ball, 7th in ribbon and 8th in clubs. In 2015 in Stuttgart, she qualified for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Who is the person who inspires you the most?
My inspiration is derived from my family. My parents guided me through some of life’s hardest lessons, and they been there to give me their support for every goal I make. Their love, patience and wisdom have also given me the ability to care for those around me without apprehension.

How do you relax when you’re not training? Do you have another hobby?
My hobbies aremusic, dance, art and environmental issues. I've participated at the project “Recycling Gymnastic Equipment of Hellenic Swimming Federation” and am a Unicef member.