Water Polo Australia (WPA) and Water Polo Victoria (WPV) can confirm that the Tier 1 water polo program in partnership with the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) will not be continuing, effective 1 January 2018.
The decision made after a review of the first four-year cycle in which the all parties felt the water polo program had not had a significant impact on the sport in Victoria and meet the objectives of the program.
Victorian water polo athletes currently on VIS scholarship will continue to be supported through to the 31 December 2017, and after such time may be eligible for support from the VIS via the ‘individual athlete’ program.
WPA CEO Christian Renford said while the program has come to an end for now, WPA and WPV will continue to work collaboratively with the VIS to ensure water polo athletes have access to and receive support from the VIS where possible.
“In the mean time we’ll be supporting all Victorian athletes to help them transition between now and the end of the year to ensure they are able to find the right daily training environment they need to continue their high performance pursuits,” he said.
WPV EO Sally Jones said, “WPA and WPV are working on a plan to reinvest in development pathways for the benefit of water polo in Victoria in the coming years.”
How can Victorian high performance athletes still receive support from VIS?
Under the VIS Individual Athlete Program there will be a difference in eligibility for female and male athletes due to difference in categorisation of each program. Different levels of support are offered to programs based on how they are categorised – water polo is categorised below:
Women’s Water Polo Categorisation – ‘Foundation Level’ sport and therefore athletes who are AWE categorised at ‘Podium’, ‘Podium Ready’ or ‘Podium Potential’ levels will be eligible for support from the VIS Individual Athlete Program.
Mens Water Polo Categorisation – ‘Prospective Level’ sport and therefore athletes who are AWE categorised at ‘Podium’ level will be eligible for support from the VIS Individual Athlete Program.
For further details on categorisation – click here.