Wa­ter polo kids make a splash

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

YOUNG­STERS will strap on their bathing caps this sum­mer as flip­pa­ball sea­son starts.

City Beach Wa­ter Polo Club ju­nior de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Damian Kelly said Oc­to­ber 16 would mark the start of the club’s sec­ond flip­pa­ball pro­gram.

Mr Kelly said it was a way to in­tro­duce chil­dren to the sport in a safe and friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

“There is Aus­kick, Minky Hockey, Kanga cricket, so we want kids to learn to love the sport at a young age as well,” he said.

“There’s no ques­tion we need to in­tro­duce wa­ter polo to a wider group of peo­ple.”

The flip­pa­ball pro­gram in­cludes chil­dren from years 2-5 play­ing mixed half-hour, non-con­tact games where no scores were kept.

“This gives fam­i­lies a chance to be­come fa­mil­iar with the game be­fore the Rio Olympics,” Mr Kelly said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie sd444085

Jake Taboni (7), Cooper Mat­era (7), Conor Don­netti (8) and Brid­get Fisher (8) are look­ing for­ward to the flip­pa­ball sea­son.

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