U'13 Development Carnival: Hobart
Over 40 young Victorian athletes travelled to Hobart last week to participate in Water Polo Australia's Development Carnival. After many months of training, this tournament provided an opportunity for our young athletes to compete against strong teams across the country, but also to gain valuable experience travelling as a squad, connecting with new friends and building Water Polo skills.
In what was a busy tournament, our girls' teams played 8 matches over the duration of the carnival, and our boys' teams played 9. Our teams showed great determination and skill progression, with some great matches across the board.
Another highlight of the tournament was the VIC team dinner on Saturday night, which brought the whole group together to celebrate. We had over one hundred VIC squad members present, including athletes, parents, family members, coaches and team managers. This was a great evening which solidified the strong team culture and connections the teams had made during preparation for the carnival, and during the tournament itself.
"Water Polo Victoria is incredibly proud of all our young athletes, as well as the coaching team and community support we had whilst participating in Hobart. The progress of our teams in the pool was really evident to see, and the attitude and application of these young athletes, throughout the entire 4-days, was exemplary." Simon Devine, Water Polo Victoria CEO.
"For many of our U13's this was their first time attending a state tournament and we were very impressed with the attitudes displayed in and out of the water. We saw immense growth and development across all athletes as the tournament progressed and are very excited to continue their development at both a club and state level back home." Mel Di Donato, U13's Coach.
This was a great learning experience for our athletes and coaches, and we want to thank everyone involved for a great tournament. We look forward to similar opportunities in the future.
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