The Board

President

Michael McNeill

Michael have been involved in water polo continuously since 1972 as a player, referee and water polo coach.

 

Michael competed for 20 years with the Melbourne Collegians Water Polo Club and represented Victoria on several Junior State Teams.

 

As a referee, Michael has officiated nationally at the National Water Polo League (1991 – 2006), and internationally (1996 – 2003) including two FINA World Championships. Michael continues to referee at the Victorian State Championships.

 

Michael has extensive coaching experience at school, state and national level including a National Water Polo League premiership. Currently, Michael is the Head Coach of water polo at Xavier College and Loreto College, and also coaches the Loreto Aquatic 16 and Under Girls, Loreto Aquatic Women’s State League 3, and Melbourne Collegians 18 and Under Girls teams in the Victorian state competitions.

 

Michael’s philosophy with developing school age water polo players is to have fun and learn how to succeed in equal amounts. Success is important but each session must be fun and enjoyable.

Vice President

Matthew Weinman

Matthew has joined the Board of Water Polo Victoria after spending two years as the President of the La Trobe University Water Polo Club. During this period he sought to develop the Club’s relationship with the University as well as strengthening ties within the wider Victorian water polo community. This culminated in the successful implementation of a development program for female athletes, increasing participation and skill acquisition.

 

Away from water polo Matthew has recently finished a law degree and works in the Banking & Finance industry. He has been involved as a high-level athlete in a number of  sports and is looking to use these experiences to develop water polo in Victoria for both social and competitive athletes.

Secretary

Jo-Anne Dal Santo

Coming from a sports orientated family, there is always some sporting even to attend. In 2016 I, and other members of my family, attended the Rio Olympic games in support of the Australian Water Polo team - as well as numerous other sports/events.

 

I am a Fellow Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and as senior executive of a local accounting firm I provide business and governance advice to many companies - listed and unlisted. Sporting bodies face similar challenges to small business and my brief in joining WPV's Board of Directors is to offer guidance in the finance and governance areas as well as supporting initiatives that promote Water Polo in Victoria.

Director

Steve Mulligan

For the past 50 years of has been actively involved in water polo. Whilst at Secondary School with a group of fellow swimming and surf club members of a regional New Zealand City, reformed the defunct local water polo club.

This involvement has included not only playing, but also as a referee, coach and administrator. Worked with a number of local clubs in the South-Eastern suburbs to re-establish water polo in the Dandenong area. This involvement was interrupted by family and work commitments before returning to play at a more social level.

Over that same period of time, he has been actively involved and worked in the pre-hospital medical emergency response arena, as a lifeguard, Ambulance Officer, MICA Paramedic, and Clinical Instructor. Whilst in working with Ambulance Victoria he was activity involved with developing the roles of Clinician and Duty Team Manager in the Communications Centre. And with fellow MICA Paramedic Team Managers to establish the first Single MICA Paramedic Responders in Melbourne.

For the past 19 years he has been the Principal Facilitator of a training organisation accredited to provide both basic and advanced life support training programs to General Practice. Is a seasonal lecturer with Monash University involved with the training of MFB & CFA Emergency Medical First-Responders.

He has a keen interest in ensuring we have a safe environment in which to we all can play water polo on a regular basis in Victoria be that in a social or competitive format.

This includes providing pathways for players wanting to play at the highest possible level, for the development of our Referees and Club Coaches. Making sure that the Volunteers running our clubs have to right support processes that encourages their long term involvement in our game.

Director

Perri Randall

I have been an NYP Dragons club member for 17 years and now play in the SL2 Women’s team. I currently coach sub-junior teams and our Women’s SL3 team, however, my experiences during this time also include refereeing, junior trip planning, team managing and coaching for WPV and being a club board member with a focus on junior development and fundraising.

Away from the pool, I am a primary school teacher and I love working with children on a daily basis. I share my love of water polo with my students at every opportunity. I have represented Australia at the World Championships for Artistic Roller Skating and understand the hard work and determination that it takes to compete at an international level.

I’m confident that these experiences give me a well-rounded view of our sport. I look forward to being a valuable contributor on the board of WPV.

Director

Alexandra Steere

Alex began her involvement with water polo as an U12 player in the Victorian Junior competition. She has since competed in all age groups and competitions through to National League representation. She has represented Essendon and Victoria in national competitions throughout her water polo career.  Being part of various junior development programs as both a player and a coach, Alex has recently begun exploring her options on pool deck as a coach and now as a board member.

These new roles come with an opportunity to give back to the water polo community and to pass on her knowledge and experience to the next generation of water polo players. Alex is looking to improve junior development opportunities in Victoria to ensure there is a future for all players, both competitively and socially.

Director

Daniel Flahive

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