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Canoe Polo is a fast driving team sport played in kayaks in swimming pools, on rivers or wherever a suitable area of water is available. It requires good paddling and ball handling skills and players may push or tip each other into the water. Competitors may sprint frantically after the ball or ram or ride up on an opponent’s boat during a tackle. There is magic when a player emerges from the water, ball in hand, to shoot at goal. The sport combines a high level of individual skill with teamwork – it is fast, energetic and challenging.
The game is played in a 35m x 23m field, teams of 5 paddlers endeavour to score goals through a goal suspended 2 metres above the water, by throwing the ball by hand, or ‘flicking’ with their paddle. Naturally, the team with the most goals scored at the end of the game wins.
Although rough, this sport causes very few injuries. With the compulsory use of helmets,face masks, protective PFD’s and bumpers on kayaks, paddlers are well protected.
Canoe Polo is a sport for everyone. At the club level, boys and girls, men and women, compete against each other in competitions graded according to skill level. Novice players may have trouble paddling in a straight line, but still manage to play a full game. High performance players can represent their state and country in national and international competitions.
I am a current Member of both the Ipswich District Canoe Club (IDCC) and also the Brothers Canoe Club (BCC).
I started playing Canoe Polo back in 1993 with the Ipswich District Canoe Club after competing in local Marathon and Sprint racing since 1992
I have represented IDCC at many local and national events from the late 90’s.
I first represented Qld, as part of the 1st Qld Junior team, in 1994 till 2009. I also competed in the 2009 World Master Games for Canoe Polo winning the Gold Metal in the recreational division.
I have also been involved in coaching numerous teams in both local and state. I have also nominated as coach for one of the 2015 Australian Junior Teams.
I am currently coaching juniors at the Brother Canoe Club with a number of them nominating for both the 2015 Aust Champs and 2015 Oceania Champs.
Although it has expired, I have also been a qualified referee. I have also run several referee courses both in Ipswich and Cairns
I have been forced to stop playing competitively due to shoulder issues since 2011.
I have been an active member of the Qld Canoe Polo committee since the late 1990’s and been involved in running of various Champions listed below during this time.