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Water Polo Western Australia GM, Benjamin Haywood, has stood down to take up a national opportunity within the sport industry and will finish with Water Polo WA on the 26th July 2019.

Mr. Haywood commenced in the role in June 2017.

“It was a difficult decision to step down from a role that I have been privileged to have had and thoroughly enjoyed over the last two years”

“I believe the time is right for myself and the organization and I look forward to seeing the sport continue to prosper under new leadership”. Mr Haywood said.

During his two years as GM, WPWA has achieved significant milestones including;

  • Growth of an average of 3% pa of participants in the sport
  • Subsidised the cost of coaching, refereeing and table official courses to members.
  • Improved relationships with member clubs and associations
  • Enhanced relationships with partners- Sport and Rec, Venues West, Healthway, WAIS, WPA
  • Delivered successful World League event in Perth
  • Hosted and delivered national championships in the 16’s and School Sport Australia events
  • Developed and delivered inaugural Water Polo on Rottnest Island event
  • Delivered key recommendations out of the Premier League review with the establishment of a conference system for A Grade

“I would like to thank the WPWAI Board, Staff and the Water Polo community for their support and the opportunity to lead the sport through a period of reform and rejuvenation. Water polo in WA will need to continue to meet the challenges ahead and unite behind a collective desire to see the sport continue to flourish” Mr Haywood said.

WPWAI Chair Tom Hoad said: “I’d like to thank Ben for his significant contribution over the past two years. His prior experience in sport allowed him to come to us with a fresh perspective, which has greatly assisted Water Polo in WA.”

“On behalf of the board of Water Polo WA, we extend our best wishes to Ben and his wife Louise for the future.” Mr Hoad said.

Water Polo WA will now immediately commence the recruitment process for a new General Manager.