Water Polo Stories, from FlippaBall to Aus Rep!

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!

Aus school girls 2018