25th Sep 2020Sharks
With just over a month to go until the launch of the New Zealand Water Polo Premier League, all players and coaches have been officially selected and named in one of the eight (four men’s and four women’s) exciting teams, with some notable International talent joining the line-up.
Each of the eight teams will play in a rapid league over four weekends in November, hosted in Auckland.
High Performance Manager, Kurt Goldsworthy has worked closely with the eight identified coaches to put together some impressive teams comprising of players who are currently in our national programmes as well as other regional representatives.
“New Zealand Water Polo are particularly excited that selected athletes from the New Zealand 20 and Under Junior Men’s and Women’s national squads will participate in the Premier League across all the teams. The NZ Junior Premier League teams are for the 2020 Premier League ONLY and is not the team that will be competing at the 2021 FINA World Junior Championships”.
“We are also thrilled to see some top international talent join the Premier League, exposing some of our developing talent to the quality of play they can expect on the international stage.” Goldsworthy says.
New Zealand Water Polo Premier League are thrilled to welcome former ‘Aussie Shark’, Tyler Martin to Auckland. Martin will line up for the Northern Orcas and brings with him an array of experience having played over 100 games for Australia including the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016. Martin says he is looking forward to being back in the pool this year and playing some good quality water polo with and against new athletes.
The Women’s league will showcase two of the top scoring athletes from the 2019 FINA World Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea. New Zealand Senior Women’s Morgan McDowall was ranked 5th and Bernadette Doyle 6th equal highest goal scorers of the women’s championships.
New Zealand Water Polo Chief Executive Chris Wilson, is looking forward to seeing the top water polo coaches and athletes in New Zealand in action.
“New Zealand Water Polo has recently reviewed and updated the strategic direction with particular focus on producing sustained international success. We believe this initiative will help achieve the development of a high-performance identification programme and a national competition structure to prepare players. ”
New Zealand Water Polo would like to acknowledge Sport New Zealand and the Minister, Hon Grant Robertson for their support for National Sports Organisations. The national partner support programme has given New Zealand Water Polo an opportunity to reset and rebuild its national talent identification programme
Congratulations to all athletes
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