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Paddling Along

At Ambrose Treacy College we pride ourselves on offering ‘Something for Every Boy’. There are more than 40 sports and activities for boys to choose from so no matter their interest, skill or prowess, whether it is running, rugby, swimming, cricket, fishing, cooking or football, we guarantee boys will find something to keep them active, fit and healthy.

Canoe Polo is an exciting and action-packed sport that is offered at the College with opportunities for boys of all ages to play and compete. Canoe Polo enthusiast and ATC coach David Peters has overseen the sport since 2010 when it first started with Nudgee Junior College students.

“I am always happy to talk about canoe polo. I think it is a fun sport, and if the numbers of boys who come out to play, even for just the short time available is any indication, then they also seem to agree” said Mr Peters.

“At the class level the focus is on fun. We do not do a lot of disciplined coaching and don’t impose the more technical rules on the new players. The idea really is to teach a few basic rules, throw the ball in and let the boys have fun in the pool”.

At ATC each year level gets the chance to join for a six-week season, training on either a Monday or Wednesday evening. Even our youngest students get the opportunity to try out this unusual sport, with their season running all through Term 1 on a Saturday morning. Currently in Term 3, Year 5 boys are training on a Monday evening and Year 9 on Wednesdays. Previously ATC has competed against Brigidine College and Mr Peters is hoping to initiate this again and would also like to get other schools involved in an inter school competition.

Mr Peters encourages the boys to join the Canoe Polo Club, also centred at the ATC pool. “If boys like the sport enough and want to play seriously they then come over to the club” said Mr Peters.

ATC Canoe Polo Queensland Representatives who competed at the Australian Championships in April 2019 are

The Under 21 team and Under 16A team are the current Australian champion teams, with the Under 16B team looking like an exciting team to watch in the future, gaining vital experience from the recent championships. Mr Peters says that ATC should be proud of their canoe polo program, “Without the support of the ATC canoe polo program, Queensland would not be competitive in this sport at the national level. As it transpires, Queensland won the trophy for the best performing state at the National Championships”.

Looking at the current numbers, 15 of the 21 male players representing Queensland originated at either Ambrose Treacy College or in their primary school years at Nudgee Junior College. 17 of the 21 boys train at Brothers Club which is based at ATC. In addition, three of the six female players representing Queensland at the same competition are siblings of current or past students which is an indication of the excellent coaching and attitude to the sport within our community.

We wish all Canoe Polo players the best of luck in their future competitions.

Melia McCarthy
Guest Blogger