The Australian Canoe Polo Newsletter.
Welcome to the First Edition of Spike’s Report, the Australian Canoe Polo Newsletter. This quarterly newsletter will feature updates about upcoming competitions, National selection events, ICF rulings relevant to Canoe Polo, training camps and other items pertinent to our sport.
We aim to keep this newsletter short but full of information, giving you more time to hone in your longshot or perfect that bounce pass!
Newsletter Naming Competition
The winner of the newsletter naming competition that was recently hosted on Facebook was Donald Leigh from Queensland. Thanks to everyone for your entries and votes!
Keeping up with Polo
Facebook is one of the mediums that the ACP Committee will be utilising to communicate with the Canoe Polo community. If you are on Facebook, visit the Australian Canoe Polo Facebook page and ‘Like’ our page so that you can receive ACP updates within your News Stream.
No Facebook? No worries! The Australian Canoe Polo website will also be displaying current information about what’s happening within the national and international Canoe Polo spheres. Check into the AC (canoe.org.au) and ACP (canoepolo.canoe.org.au – which is being updated!) websites regularly to keep up to date with news and events. We will also be enhancing our eMail communication, so please keep your club informed of your current email address – we don’t want anyone to miss out on what will be an exciting year of Polo!
A new Australian Canoe Polo committee
ACP welcomed a new committee at its recent general meeting at the Invitational Competition held at Nagambie Lakes, Victoria in April. After five years in the chair, Anton Holmes has stepped aside to spend more time with family, study, work and training. Under Anton’s leadership, the committee continued to develop and grow canoe polo around Australia and achieve international success. Congratulations to Anton and the committee for a job well done in leading and advancing Australian canoe polo.
The new committee brings together experienced committee members with a few new faces. The new committee is:
Chair: Ian Beasley
Secretary: Anthea Courtney
Competitions director: Vacant
Communications director: Rowan Holt
Development director: Angus Robb
Finance director: Rob Watson
High performance director: Duncan Cochran
General committee members: Brooke Honeyman, John Moore, Noel Holmes
Please join me in welcoming the committee and wishing them every success as they settle into the new role. But more importantly, please contact any committee member should you wish to discuss the management of canoe polo in Australia.
Columbia – Home of the 2013 World Games!
12 Canoe Polo playing nations will be competing for gold at the upcoming World Games. The Australian Women’s and Men’s teams are preparing for what will be an exciting tour to Cali, Columbia, in August. France, Japan, Great Britain and Germany are just some of the countries that Australia will be competing against. The quality of matches played out at the World Games is of an extremely high standard. Details about the online streaming of the games will be made available, giving everyone the chance to watch some incredible polo! Visit the World Games website regularly for updates. If you are aware of an online channel that will be broadcasting the Canoe Polo matches, let us know via Facebook.
ACP is pleased to announce the following sponsorships of the Australian teams competing at the World Games 2012, Colombia.
CPS – the CPS range of paddles, boats and gear
Polomania – the Vampire Bat canoe polo boat and a range of paddles and gear.
DB Xclusive – the DBX range of canoe polo boats, paddles and gear.
Australian Canoe Polo Championships 2014
Planning for the 2014 Australian Canoe Polo National Championships is underway. Venue and date details are being confirmed. The organizing committee is determined to deliver a highly successful competition. More information about team entry fees and other details will be made available over the coming months.
Call for nominations for the World Championships 2014
Nominations for the 2014 ICF World Championships, France will be open soon. Watch the AC web site for details.
Nagambie Lakes - a regional home for Victorian canoe polo
Canoeing Victoria and Victorian Canoe Polo have worked together with the Strathbogie Shire to win state government funding to construct two canoe polo playing fields at Nagambie Lakes in Victoria. Two fields complete with goals, field marking, referee pontoons and official’s shelters are expected to kick start canoe polo involvement to provide even more opportunities for local clubs and the wider community to participate in sport. The Victorian Government’s Community Facility Funding Program has allocated $24,000 for the project. At its announcement the member for Benalla, Dr. Bill Sykes, commented that the establishment of Nagambie as the Victorian home for Canoe Polo was exciting and would increase visitor numbers to the region. Well done to everyone involved!!
(Below are a couple of pictures from the event)
Member for Benella, Dr. Bill Sykes (center) and Victorian Canoe Polo Chair, Mikey Wilson (End Right), with Victorian Canoe Polo players.
Juniors preparing for a game with some encouragement from Senior Players.
The next edition of Spike’s Report will be issued in late October.
All the best!
Australian Canoe Polo Committee.