Club claims three-peat in pres­ti­gious State gongs

Pilbara News - - Pilbars Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Matthew Jewkes

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion has won the Wa­ter Polo WA SunS­mart as­so­ci­a­tion of the year award for a third year.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion beat re­gional and metropoli­tan or­gan­i­sa­tions more than dou­ble its size.

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