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New General Manager Appointed

Ben Haywood

Regional Development Manager at Australian University Sport LTD, and former Participation and Engagement Manager at AFL NSWACT, Ben Haywood is set to take the role of Water Polo WA General Manager.

Mr Haywood was officially appointed by the WPWAI Board of Directors following a thorough recruitment process, replacing Dale Ballantyne who announced his resignation earlier this year.

With an extensive experience in sports administration, having worked in game and market development with the AFL for seven years, Mr Haywood has considerable skills in increasing participation, developing community partnerships and enhancing club environments.

Commenting on the new appointment, Water Polo WA Chair Tom Hoad is excited for the future of water polo in WA under Mr Haywood’s direction. “I am really looking forward to getting to know him better and to work with him to help our sport going forward,” Mr Hoad said.

With Bachelor degrees in Commerce (Management and Legal Studies) and a Master’s in Business (Sports Administration) from Deakin University, Mr Haywood feels privileged to be given this opportunity and welcomes the newfound challenges offered in his appointed role. “I look forward to working closely with the Water Polo WA Board to build on the fantastic work delivered to date,” Mr Haywood said.

“The sport in WA has had significant growth in recent years and is well positioned to increase this in years to come. WA Water polo has a proud, rich and successful history in producing players and teams and I look forward to contributing to this as well.”

Mr Haywood is starting his new role this week and he will be responsible for the management of the strategic and day-to-day operations of the organisation, with a focus on continuous improvement and development of the sport of Water Polo in Western Australia.


First Water Polo Sessions have Started in Cockburn Water Polo

Cockburn Water Polo has started its first training and games last week in a brand new, word class facility, the Cockburn ARC. In the inaugural session, 22 players and two experienced international level coaches took part. With former Olympic players amongst their members, Cockburn Water Polo welcomes everybody who would like to improve their water polo skills, their fitness or just to have some fun. Get involved in water polo in the City of Cockburn and find out more, by visiting the Cockburn Water Polo website.


Gold for Aussie Sharks and Aussie Stingers at Word League

Both the Australian Women’s and Men's Water Polo Team stepped up to the challenge at the 2017 FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament. The Sharks finished the Tournament undefeated on the Gold Coast after six days of international competition on the 30th of April, and the Aussie Stingers had their final win over the USA on the 8th of May, bringing home the gold from Davies, California. The wins have secured Australia spots in the FINA World League Super Final on 20-25 June. Congratulations to the coaches involved and the players playing in the national teams!


Bunbury Master's State Championship

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The State’s leading masters water polo players will converge on Bunbury in June for the inaugural Western Australian championships.
Bunbury has successfully staged a masters event in recent years, attracting a huge following from Perth and Busselton and that success has been rewarded with a three-year deal to host the State titles.
Former Water Polo WA CEO Dale Ballantyne said it was time to bring a higher status to masters water polo.
“We have a handful of teams travelling to the FINA World Masters Championships every two years and they consistently come back with medals. “We have Olympians and former national players from many countries who regularly compete in masters, both in Bunbury, Perth and other regional centres, and now’s the time to get them together and formalise a State championship. It’s been long overdue,” he said.
Bunbury Water Polo President Alice Rotherham said she was honoured with the appointment of Bunbury to host, saying: “We always welcome our friends from other regions and look forward to doing battle in the pool with titles at stake. “It’s a huge boost for our sport and a great chance for us to showcase all that Bunbury has to offer.”

It will be a grand farewell for those travelling to Budapest, Hungary in August for the FINA World Championships‎, including the 70 years plus Perth Cockatoos men, who won bronze two years ago, and the world champion Pink Pointers women. Port Hedland, Karratha and Geraldton masters are also expected to attend. The tournament will be played over the long weekend on June 9-11 at the South West Aquatic Centre and is expected to attract at least 12 teams in three divisions — women 40+, men 50+ and possibly a 50+ mixed competition.


2017 WPWAI Underpinning Program

The 2017 Water Polo WA Underpinning Program commenced last week. In the Girls Program Claudio Chiappari and Raul Ricci have been working together and compliment each other very effectively. We are excited and confident that the athletes invited this year will greatly benefit from the work they will do with Claudio and Raul. The underpinning coaches have been working together in the Program with WAIS coach Georgina Kovacs.

Lorenzo Cenci and Vaughn Thomson have been selected for the Boys Program and they've been working together in the Program with two WAIS coaches, Men’s Head Coach/Aussie Sharks Assistant Coach Paul Oberman and Assistant coach Andras Jo-Kovacs. We believe that these coaches together will bring something extraordinary for all players involved in the program throughout the winter season.
The updated list of players selected for the 2017 WPWAI Underpinning Program squad will be announced next month.


Towards Tokyo Camp

100 of the top male and female athletes have taken part in the second ever Toward Tokyo camp and tournament in Canberra. The young athletes were joined by 50 coaches, officials and support staff at the Australian Institute of Sport. Over the course of six days they attended high-level elite training, followed by competitions with essential athlete education. The initiative is designed to identify and develop the next group of elite junior players who have been targeted for future national junior and senior team representation.


New Partnership Between Water Polo Australia and OVO Mobile

Water Polo Australia’s official telecommunications and media partner, OVO will broadcast major national and international matches live for the next four years. Thousands of fans and players will for the first time be able to watch Australia’s champions and future stars of the pool in action on their mobile devices. We are looking forward to tuning-in to the exclusive coverage. This fantastic opportunity will give a boost to our sport both on an elite and grassroots level. Find out more about the sponsorship here.

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