“On the Ball with the GM” 11

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Dear Water Polo players, officials, and stakeholders,

We have started the season and it has been exciting to see everyone back in the pool and enjoying our great sport. Of course, the start of any season does not come without its challenges, and I am grateful for your patience, understanding and support as we respond as quickly as possible to concerns.

Growth and Participation (G&P)

While competitions for established players kicked off around the state, we were also focussing on another critical focus area for our sport: growth and participation. It is accepted that the solution to several of our challenges rests with getting more people to play water polo and become members of our clubs. I am delighted to share this story from our G&P Team:

At the start of October, Mia (Buswell) visited Mount Magnet with Royal Life Saving to host a water polo session where 60 children braved the cold water for a fun filled day. Now that both Mia and Renee (Rechichi) have settled into their roles, a busy November is ahead. In the next fortnight, the team will be heading to Port Hedland with Royal Life Saving to attend the Spirit Carnival, bringing water polo to more than 100 students in the Pilbara region. Whilst there, the team will also be attending the training and Flippaball sessions held by Hedland Water Polo Association. In November, 250 students from Subiaco Primary School will take part in four water polo sessions. Perth College will also be having water polo sessions for their primary school students next month. Students at each of the schools will be introduced to the basic skills of our sport, by our great coaches.

If any teachers or school admins reading this newsletter are interested in introducing water polo to their school, please contact the office for more details. Alternatively, if you are a coach and would like to coach at future schools, please reach out to us.

Community volunteers in Mount Magnet with Mia
Stars of the day in Mount Magnet

Member Protection

The Working with Children (WWC) Screening Unit is holding an online workshop for parents and guardians who engage 1:1 services for their child, such as a tutor, nanny/babysitter, or sports coach.

The workshop is an opportunity for parents and guardians to hear directly from the WWC Unit about key information on what a WWC Check is, things they need to consider when engaging someone to look after or work with their child and other best practice tools.

Participants will also hear from the Office of the Commissioner for Child Safety about key child safety strategies.

              Session details

               Date: Thursday, 10 November 2022

               Time: 12 – 1pm

               Register now: online event       

More information

If you or your networks would like more information about the event or anything relating to WWC, please contact the team by email WWCEvents@communities.wa.gov.au.


The Quiz Night is just around the corner, and tickets are now available to purchase! Numbers are capped at 220 with tables of 10 available, so get your tables sorted as soon as possible!

We have started to collect items for the raffles and silent auction, so please get in touch and/or drop off (to the office) anything you would like to donate.

Your ticket price will cover the venue and catering costs with a cash bar available on the night. Funds raised from the raffle and silent auction will go to Inclusion Solutions.

I would like to remind everyone that this is a unique event. Instead of competing against one another in the pool, we are having fun together for the benefit of others.

The Quiz Night will be an expression of our Unity!

Purchase your tickets here.

Kevin Knapp