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Water Polo is a game steeped in tradition and a wonderful sport to play. It can have a positive influence that enriches the lives of all involved.
Providing a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone involved in our sport, and ensuring that our core values, good reputation and positive behaviours are maintained is a priority of Water Polo Australia.
Think.Act.Play. is WPA’s awareness campaign designed to promote positive behaviours by players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators that uphold the values, reputation and spirit of Water Polo.
Think.Act.Play. was first introduced at the 2015 U16 National Championships as a pilot that’s to the partnership of NSW Sport and Recreation; and following tremendous support and enthusiasm from the water polo community, has become a permanent campaign for the sport.
The target groups for Think.Act.Play. include players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators; essentially the entire Water Polo community.
There are three slogans that underpin the Think.Act.Play. program aimed at promoting positive behaviour and respect. Each slogan is relevant to everyone involved in the game.
The three slogans include;
Think before you speak: What you say and do shapes the culture of our sport. Your words can influence the way people are seen and treated by others, and the way in which people feel about themselves. It can also impact the way the community perceives our sport. Remember – what you say matters.
Act with respect: Showing respect and treating everyone fairly is just as important as the game. No matter who you are or where you come from, treating each other with respect and dignity ensures everyone can enjoy the game. Whether you’re playing, coaching or cheering from the sidelines – respect the referee’s decision. Remember – to earn respect you must give it.
Play in the spirit of the game: The way you play, coach and support says a lot about your character. Playing in the spirit of the game is more than just the rules. Players that keep their cool under pressure, even when things are not going their way, have a better chance of winning the game. Coaches that encourage sportsmanship get the best from their players. Parents that set a good example help their children enjoy the game. Remember – take responsibility for your actions and play in the spirit of the game.
The WPA National Member Protection Policy underpins the Think.Act.Play. campaign. To find the WPA Member Protection Policy of for references to dispute/incident procedures and processes, please CLICK HERE.
For more information on Think.Act.Play., you can download the full document or the brochure of the program below.
Water Polo Australia also provides a promotional flyer that can be used by clubs, schools and other organisations as a poster, inserted into programmes or as an addition to web pages. It is possible to personalise the poster with an organisation´s own logo as long as no content is changed or removed by doing so.