Eyes set on fu­ture Olympians

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

A WA­TER polo club es­tab­lish­ing it­self in the lead-up to the open­ing of Cock­burn ARC be­lieves it could one day pro­duce Olympians.

Cock­burn Wa­ter Polo Club vice-pres­i­dent Rus­sell McKin­non, a for­mer New Zealand in­ter­na­tional player and coach, said the club was aim­ing to be­come a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing a fun en­vi­ron­ment for play­ers.

How­ever, he said the club would be look­ing to iden­tify fu­ture stars too.

“Start­ing fresh will help,” he said.

“Hope­fully one day we’d like to be pro­duc­ing Olympians. It would be fan­tas­tic if we could find some tal­ented kids.”

With an ex­pe­ri­enced com­mit­tee help­ing to get the club off the ground, it is hard to ar­gue they will not achieve their goal.

Natalie Turner, who forged a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in Europe, has been in­stalled as pres­i­dent.

She first heard about the $109m Cock­burn ARC three years ago, and knew she wanted to play wa­ter polo there when it opened in 2017. “I’ve been play­ing for 30 years and I’d like my chil­dren to have the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing wa­ter polo within the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The new com­plex gives us a chance to utilise a world class fa­cil­ity and ex­pand the sport into a grow­ing and pro­gres­sive city.”

Also on the com­mit­tee is sec­re­tary Anna Mills, a for­mer State rep­re­sen­ta­tive, while trea­surer Chris­tine Tr­us­cott is a for­mer Aus­tralian Coun­try player.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber To­maz La­sic has com­peted for three coun­tries, in­clud­ing 68 times for Aus­tralia.

His CV also con­tains two Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the club, email cock­burn­wa­ter­polo@iinet.net. au.

Lead­ing the club: pres­i­dent Natalie Turner and vice-pres­i­dent Rus­sell McKin­non.

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