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15 October, 2021

First junior season for water polo

CAIRNS Water Polo has high hopes of unearthing our region’s next Olympic star and will be riding the wave of enthusiasm after Cairns hosted the Australian women’s water polo team on multiple pre-Tokyo training camps.

This week, the club hosted the inaugural inter-school water polo gala day and officially launch their first junior water polo program.

Established in 2018, Cairns Water Polo is one of the region’s newest sporting organisations and has tasted success at an open level with Bronze medal performances from their men’s and women’s teams at recent state tournaments.

Cairns Water Polo President, Jesse O’Hara, stated “Our club has built a core group of senior players, coaches and volunteers since establishing itself over the past few years.

“Our next chapter will focus on building junior participation rates and providing access to established performance pathways.

“Water polo is the oldest team sport in the Olympic programme, and it is our mission to see that kids from the Cairns district can fulfil their dream to play in the green and gold when the Brisbane Olympics come around in 2032.

“Establishing Cairns’ junior water program in 2021 is perfect timing,” locally based Water Polo Queensland Development Officer Camille Reed stated.

“Cairns has the potential to be a flourishing hub for water polo as we advance the game in coming years.

“We have fantastic pool infrastructure right across our footprint and the perfect tropical weather conditions for a summer team sport in the water”.

To launch the 2021-22 summer water polo season, Cairns Water Polo hosted 70 players from Trinity Anglican School, St. Mary’s and St. Augustine’s at the inaugural inter-school gala day earlier this week.

The junior water polo season will commence Sunday 24 October at Woree Sports and Aquatic Centre for 12-16 year olds of all abilities.

The club will provide free trial memberships for new families wanting their kids to try the sport out. 

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