Women’s polo on the rise

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page -

IT is one of the old­est sports in the world, but few can say they have had the chance to play polo.

The Ser­pen­tine Polo Club is look­ing to change that with the help of a $5000 State Gov­ern­ment grant re­cently awarded to the WA Polo As­so­ci­a­tion.

With its share of the grant, the club is look­ing to bol­ster its 25 mem­bers and is es­pe­cially look­ing to grow its fe­male pro­gram.

Ser­pen­tine Polo Club’s Julie Bol­ing­broke said they wanted to en­cour­age more women to give the fam­ily-friendly, af­ford­able sport a chance.

“The women’s polo sub­com­mit­tee of the WA Polo As­so­ci­a­tion has come up with some events to get peo­ple to try polo and re­alise it is so much fun and ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple to play,” she said.

“It is pretty com­mon that once you have a go at polo, there is no turn­ing back and you are hooked be­cause it is fast, fun and skil­ful.

“Com­bin­ing a pas­sion for horses with con­tact sport, why would not you give it a go, and we want to see rid­ers from all walks of life come and have a hit.”

Those in­ter­ested in try­ing the sport are in­vited to watch the women and men’s Polo Club event on Jan­uary 27 and 28.

A polo school is also held out of the club where peo­ple can join in lessons and hire be­gin­ner level horses.

Visit www.wapolo.com.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d478350

Kate Kiely with Drift, Julie Bol­ing­broke with Pump­kin, Kathryn McNee and Olivia Bol­ing­broke with Pie.

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