The Southern Highlands under 14s representative water polo team is set to compete in New Zealand – and they need your help to get there.
The representative team, which was formed in September 2017, has competed in the regional and country championships.
Players will compete at the national competition in March and the 15th Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival in New Zealand from July 13 to 16.
The festival is expected to be the largest yet, with 150 teams expected to compete in more than 600 games.
Coach Brad Gipson said the water polo players worked hard with their training, and did about five to six kilometres a week in the pool.
This includes early morning training sessions from 6am to 7am before school.
“It’s a big commitment from the players and the parents,” Gipson said.
This is a mini-Olympics for them. To go is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These boys will remember this for the rest of their lives.Coach Brad Gipson
“This is a mini-Olympics for them. To go is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These boys will remember this for the rest of their lives.”
The estimated cost of each tournament is between $3500 to $4000.
In the lead-up to the two competitions, the team will host a sold-out trivia night at the Scottish Arms Tavern.
“It wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have family and community support,” he said.
“I think they feel very proud to be from the Southern Highlands. To be on the team, you had to live in the Southern Highlands and go to school in the Southern Highlands. There’s a real community feel to it.
“For all those who have contributed, this is a life-changing opportunity for the boys.”
The team welcomes donations and sponsorships from individuals and businesses.
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