Polo making a splash

HE’S coached some of Australia’s best water polo players and now Matt Turnbull is looking to bring the sport to Queanbeyan through the Canberra Water Polo Academy’s Junior Dolphins program.

Turnbull, who serves as head coach at the CWPA, has spent the past five and a half years as a driving force behind the sport in Canberra.

But with Queanbeyan producing an increased number of quality junior water polo players in recent years, Turnbull said he was now looking to bring the sport across the border.

“I’ve had a few kids from Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan came through [CWPA] since it started but we’ve only ever been able to offer it out in Belconnen,” he said. “So now we’re just trying to make it more accessible to people in Queanbeyan and other parts of Canberra.”

Junior Dolphins is a program aimed at children under the age of 14 interested in taking up the sport of water polo and enables athletes to utilise their existing swim skills in a team sport.

“I was a competitive swimmer when I was younger and I got a little bit tired of just doing laps all the time so I decided to give water polo a try and I loved the whole team aspect of it,” Turnbull said.

“It’s not just about swimming quickly in a straight line, there are a lot of ball skills and strategy behind it. There’s a lot of things that go into a game of water polo and into a water polo player.”

Canberra Water Polo Academy will be running its Junior Dolphin program for children aged 7-14 at the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre every Thursday evening from 6-7.30pm for the next nine weeks during the school term.

Canberra Water Polo Academy will be running its Junior Dolphin program for children aged 7-14 at the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre every Thursday evening from 6-7.30pm for the next nine weeks during the school term.

Canberra Water Polo Academy will be running its Junior Dolphin program for children aged 7-14 at the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre every Thursday evening from 6-7.30pm for the next nine weeks during the school term.

For more information, check out

http://canberrawaterpoloacademy.com/junior-dolphins/queanbeyan-pool/ or contact Matthew Turnbull on 0401 134 844. 

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