Robyn heads off to In­di­ana on wa­ter polo schol­ar­ship

WA­TER POLO

Herald Express - - Marketplace - BY RICHARD HUGHES

EIGH­TEEN-year-old sportswoman Robyn Greenslade has signed up to spend the next four years at In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity in the USA on a wa­ter polo schol­ar­ship.

Robyn was re­cruited by In­di­ana’s head wa­ter polo coach Ryan Cas­tle af­ter im­press­ing when she was watched by coaches from Amer­ica at the re­cent Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Madeira as part of the Great Bri­tain Un­der-19s squad.

In­di­ana are a mem­ber of the Moun­tain Pa­cific Sports Fed­er­a­tion Con­fer­ence, which Cas­tle de­scribes as: “The tough­est league in the world – far tough- er than any of the pro­fes­sional leagues.”

Hav­ing played for New­ton Ab­bot and Paign­ton wa­ter polo clubs, Robyn starred for Man­ches­ter and Lon­don Ot­ter, as well as the Eng­land and GB age-group teams.

Now she will jet off to com­plete her wa­ter polo ed­u­ca­tion across the pond.

Cas­tle said: “Robyn is an ex­plo­sive and re­lent­less cen­tre who will gen­er­ate a lot of of- fence for us next year. She has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence com­pet­ing in Eu­rope with her na­tional team, and will bring a com­pet­i­tive edge. This is a very ex­cit­ing re­cruit­ing class for us.

“We fo­cused on bring­ing in a bal­anced class filled with size, speed, brains and a lot of po­ten­tial – and we def­i­nitely de­liv­ered.”

Her fa­ther, Neal Greenslade, said: “Robyn has done ex­tremely well, it has al­ways been her goal to at­tend uni­ver­sity in Amer­ica.

“GB Wa­ter Polo is not set up to aid uni­ver­sity ap­pli­ca­tions so all the hard work of mak­ing con­tact with rel­e­vant uni­ver­si­ties was down to her.

“She has reach the top of the game in the UK, rep­re­sent­ing the top teams at all age lev­els.

He added: “She of course could not have done this with­out the sup­port of her lo­cal coaches.”

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