Water Polo Stories – Introducing the Williams Family

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Georgia Williams

I didn’t start playing waterpolo until I was 12, playing in the district school competition. I had never played before, but was swimming twice a week and thought the winter training squad that year would be a good way to get fit.

I was one of only three 2000 born girls and to my surprise was on the team to travel to U14 Nationals in Melbourne the next year. I wasn’t the best in the team, but I had loads of fun, learnt a lot and made some great friends.

I continued to play and train all the way through under 14s, 16s and the first year of 18s, with another trips away to Hobart and Canberra. Some of my favourite memories are of these trips away, even though at times the waterpolo was really tough.

During my U16s I also completed a refereeing course and now regularly referee JSL and Senior games. I have been to the Gold Coast as a referee – all flights and accommodation paid for on top of a daily rate!.  Being a referee continues to be a great part time job, and I have learnt a lot.

A few years ago I picked up rowing as a sport and didn’t have time to train as much so I stopped playing juniors. Luckily for me, I could keep playing with the seniors on Wednesday nights and I’m midway through my third season now. I love playing with such a mixed team – all sorts of skill and experience levels; it’s great fun (and I don’t have to train at all!).

I can see how waterpolo will be a sport for life for me – no injuries, good for my fitness and a great way to earn a bit of money!!!!

Julia Williams (mum)

Waterpolo was a sport I knew nothing about growing up and first became involved with it when my son started flippaball at the age of 9.  I couldn’t believe that here was a sport where you could sit on the edge of a pool on a sunny day, turn up with your child needing only bathers and a mouthguard and it was all done and dusted in 30 minutes….it rapidly became a sport for our whole family.

Georgie started the next year and continues to play seniors, and referee.

Patrick is now in U18s and plays A division seniors, has won two national tournaments along the way and is a referee for JSL, Senior State League and has been a Nationals referee.  He has travelled to Gold Coast, Brisbane and Europe with his team.williams fam

Alice is in U16 and is about the start training as a referee, and coaches a DSC side.  She has her eye on WAIS and hopefully Torps.

Angela is in her third year of U14 and coaches a flippaball team on Friday nights.

Simon (dad) started playing for the first time three seasons ago in a father/son team and now continues in F Grade.

And I am a member of the Sisters – E grade senior women, having never played before.  We have been to Bunbury State Masters and also on our first overseas tour to the inaugural Waterpolo at Rotto competition in December!!!

During our 8 years with the club we have seen our children develop in so many positive ways, we have met some amazing people and have had some really great times.  We are so glad that Patrick found his way to the pool all those years ago…..Thanks Stacka!

 

Water Polo Stories, from FlippaBall to Aus Rep!

Pip with fellow Australian school girls Tasma Woolley and Skye Nankervis

Introducing Club member Pippa

My name is Pippa Pedley and I started as a 10 year old playing FlippaBall. I first saw water polo on tv and thought it looked like fun and asked my mum if I could play. I was also swimming for West Coast Swim Club. I kept swimming and playing water polo until I was 14 when I was training more and had to make a choice. I chose water polo!

When I was 14 I was ok at water polo but a lot of girls were better than me but I loved water polo and kept playing and training hard.  I was asked to play for Torpedoes which is the team that plays in the Australian Waterpolo League. Playing with the Torpedoes is great fun as I get to travel around Australia and play against Olympians, so I am learning a lot!  All this paid off when I was invited to train with WAIS 18 months ago (I am now a scholarship holder for water polo) I have played in the WA state school girls team twice and am now heading to the UK in the Australian Schoolgirls team.

The best things about water polo are it is in the water, it is a team sport playing with my friends and I get to travel!

and her mum Susi

Lots of you may know me as I am the current Ladies Delegate and in the past have run the uniform shop.

I was a little shocked when Pip asked to play water polo as we are not from a water polo family – swimming, football, yes but no water polo! Luckily a google search found the then City Beach Water Polo Club now UWA Water Polo Club and Pip joined playing FlippaBall.

She loved it right from the start and even though she was never the best she worked and trained hard and now is really succeeding in water polo! She has played at all levels in the club from District Schools competition all the way through to Torpedoes. She has coached FlippaBall and junior teams and umpires as well though she is not so keen on that!

The things I love about water polo is the game is short- no more long days at swim meets!! The social side is also a great attraction. There is nothing better than a drink pool side on a hot summer night. Everyone in the family (except me) has given polo a try and had fun but Pip has been the only one to stay at it!

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Registering for State League Competitions!

The 2015/16 state league season is starting soon –

Under 18 (Born 1998 and 1999), Under 16 (Born 2000 and 2001) and Under 14 (Born 2002 and younger)

commences Monday 12 October.

Masters starts Tuesday 13 October and Seniors (A Reserve to Division 4) starts Wednesday 14 October.

All players must have registered and paid before playing.

For more information see the Registration tab above!