CEO Corner: Happy holidays from Water Polo Australia

(23.12.2015) – As 2015 comes to a close it is pleasing to be going out on such a high.  In the last two months our Aussie Sharks and Aussie Stingers have delivered some outstanding results that have firmly put us on a good path on our Road to Rio.

In November our Stingers defeated reining Olympic champions USA in the six nations test series in Rio.  A great opportunity for our team to experience the Rio lifestyle and culture ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.

The Stingers pulled out all stops to deliver solid performances against all teams to take out the gold medal.  While the team admit they have a lot of hard work ahead of them between now and Rio, they once again demonstrated their technical strength as a team.

Back home our Aussie Sharks have been busy hosting Japan in November and Italy in December.  Our men’s team made it a 3-0 series win against Japan and despite the series white wash admitted that the Japanese side is one of the fittest in the world and valued the opportunity to train and compete with them.

The Japanese men subsequently went on to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the final round of the Asia qualification tournament in Kunshan, the Japanese defeated China 16-10 to claim a historic participation for the first time in 32 years. Japan’s last was at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

As part of Water Polo by the Sea, which in 2015 was held for the first time in Sydney Harbour, our full strength Sharks squad were at home to London silver medallists Italy.  The Sharks welcomed home our international based players and managed to deliver a 2-1 series win over arguably one of the world’s best water polo teams.

Water Polo by the Sea once again went up another notch, delivering one of the most iconic backdrops for the game with Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge taking centre stage.

As we prepare for Rio 2016 Olympics we are making some changes to the way we report all the action of our Aussie Sharks and Aussie Stingers Road to Rio journey on social media.  From here on in we will be using the following accounts only – creating a one stop shop for our fans, clubs, family and friends.

Facebook – @WaterpoloAUS

Twitter – @WaterpoloAUS

Instagram – @WaterpoloAUS

You can also follow #AussieSharks and #AussieStingers on your preferred social media channel to keep up-to-date with the latest. If you followed our Sharks and Stingers accounts on Twitter and/or Instagram, make the switch to @WaterpoloAUS today.

Next year is set to be another big year, not just with the Olympic Games on the horizon but with all action right here at home.

The National Water Polo League is underway, an early start for all teams in preparation for an Olympic year.  The 2016 final is set to be staged in Melbourne from 11-13 March 2016, the first time Melbourne has hosted the final since 1990.

The Pride Cup coming up as part of the National Water Polo League round on 5 February, is certainly getting a lot of support from politicans, sporting stars and the water polo community on social media. The #wearthecap and #NWPLPride campaign is going from strength to strength and we’re encouraging people to get on board!

And finally for those of you in Sydney wondering where to get your next water polo fix from, don’t forget the World Club Water Polo Challenge happening at Drummoyne Swimming Centre from 27-30 December 2015.

On behalf of the Water Polo Australia team I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2016 on our #RoadToRio.

Chris Harrison