Club claims three-peat in prestigious State gongs
Karratha Water Polo Association has been named the best in the State for a third consecutive year.
The four-year-old club was announced the winner of the Water Polo WA SunSmart association of the year award late last month, beating competition from regional and metropolitan organisations more than double its size.
KWPA president Justin Angove said the association had grown at a rapid rate and continued to develop its members and competition over the past four years.
“There’s a number of criteria (the award is) based on — participation, registration, junior participation, and then alignment with Western Australia Water Polo’s strategic plan,” he said.
“And we’re ticking all those boxes.
“It’s a great achievement, and it’s something that the executive committee and the association as a whole in Karratha are very proud of, what we’re doing up here, being so remote. It just goes to show that no matter where you live, you can still build an association in a small community and compete against the best in metro areas.”
The KWPA had a busy 2015/16 season with the introduction of a new junior competition, expansion of the men’s and women’s divisions, and hosting the WA Country Water Polo Championships at the Karratha Leisureplex in March, a competition which ended with a premiership for the men’s A-grade side.
Angove attributed the KWPA’s success on the State stage, despite not having the same numbers as clubs in other regional centres or the metropolitan area, to the dedication of its volunteers and members.
“It just goes to show that the actual members we do have, are very passionate about what we do,” he said.
He said the Leisureplex facilities, recruitment of top coaches and the family sport status of water polo had also contributed to the club’s achievements so far.
Karratha Water Polo Association has won the Water Polo WA SunSmart association of the year award for a third year.
Karratha Water Polo Association beat regional and metropolitan organisations more than double its size.