ANNOUNCEMENT – Interstate Championship 2019

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Monday 25th February 2019

Interstate Championship 2019

Dear Water Polo WA Community,

At our most recent board meeting (12th February 2019), we were delighted to host Joelie Chisolm, Chief Executive Officer, Water Polo Australia. Joelie presented on the work Water Polo Australia is currently undertaking across a number of areas of the sport, which was well received by the board.

One of the major talking points was the rationale of why the “National Interstate Championships” was postponed for 2019, mainly to ensure the alignment with the performance pathway for talented athletes as they transition towards international competition.

It was also made clear to the board of Water Polo WA that Water Polo Australia needed to ensure the pathway is absolutely aligned for athletes, domestic competitions and international tours and given the significant investment by the sport and the water polo community in this area, it needed to be well planned and the accessibility and affordability to the sport is prioritised along with high performance outcomes.

Other key questions which hadn’t been addressed and led to the decision to postpone included;

1. The timing and location of the event- All in the one location and the one time of year Vs splitting the competition across different states at different times of the year?
2. Which age groups do these championships start at? And how many teams for each state?
3. Will the event lose money?
4. What is the cost for partaking in the event?
5. How does the event fit into the pathway?

Stemming from this, Water Polo WA has made the decision that until the above has been resolved by Water Polo
Australia, Water Polo WA will not be sending representative teams to compete in interstate events.

The board has not made this decision lightly. It was also made clear in our recent “State of the Sport Survey” that the cost of involvement in the sport was a major barrier and challenge we face and the board felt that another event that is not aligned, puts undue pressure on a system which is already under financial pressure. However, should there be a significant change in the position from Water Polo Australia, Water Polo WA would re assess its position.

The board is committed to ensuring we provide the best pathway for our talented players, coaches and officials and look forward to working with all stakeholders in the coming months to continue to progress the area of the sport. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss please don’t hesitate to contact our General Manager, Benjamin Haywood on generalmanager@waterpolowa.asn.au.

Kind regards,
Water Polo WA

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