Ju­nior play­ers set to step up to com­pet­i­tive level

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Rid­ing on the coat­tails of a boom­ing se­nior league, Kar­ratha’s ju­nior water polo play­ers are set to start play­ing com­pet­i­tive games at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex this week.

Kar­ratha Water Polo As­so­ci­a­tion’s ju­nior league be­gan last sea­son, with about 20 chil­dren train­ing and play­ing so­cial games ev­ery week.

Ju­nior water polo co-or­di­na­tor David Rigby said they were now ready to step up to play com­pet­i­tively.

“Re­gard­less of the com­pe­ti­tion, they are go­ing to get fit­ness, en­durance, and you get to play in a team en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Com­ing up to sum­mer is great be­cause we’re in the pool.

“It’s the per­fect time of day.

“It’s not too sunny and the pool is a per­fect tem­per­a­ture.

“Go­ing into com­pe­ti­tions, they will get train­ing from my­self and other water polo play­ers who have been around the traps, in­clud­ing some with ex­pert ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Rigby said boys and girls aged 13-18 were the tar­get, but younger chil­dren could also join in if they were con­fi­dent swim­mers.

“The com­mit­tee is re­ally strong — ev­ery­one is re­ally com­mit­ted to grow­ing the sport,” he said.

“It re­ally chal­lenges kids be­cause it’s a dif­fer­ent sport so they re­ally come to­gether when they are chal­lenged to­gether. “This is the fu­ture of the club.” Ju­nior water polo runs on Tues­day and Thurs­days, from 5pm.

Join­ing the Kar­ratha Water­polo-Ju­niors group on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

David Rigby, left, and some of the young guns who will take part in ju­nior water polo this sea­son.

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