Teens Ligia Brolo

New water polo club makes a splash at UVic

The Vancouver Island Water Polo Association is based out of the University of Victoria’s McKinnon pool

There’s a new water polo club in town.

The Vancouver Island Water Polo Association is based out of the University of Victoria’s McKinnon pool and is the second club of its kind in Greater Victoria.

Colette Baty is one of the original five parents who started the club, now in its second year.

Baty and the other parents all had kids at the Saanich Waterpolo School at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

Baty says the experience at Saanich Waterpolo was a positive one, but adds that she saw there was room, and a need, for another club in Greater Victoria.

“(The Vancouver Island Water Polo Association) started as a girls club only, but over the last year grew into both genders and various ages,” Baty said.

“We just want kids to reach their personal goals. If it’s just recreational, that’s great, if they want to play competitively, that’s great too.”

The original team was the girls 15-and-under VI Sirens and a team of younger girls. The organization now has dozens of players aged 12 to 19.

Members can play three times a week, Sunday afternoons, and Tuesday and Thursday nights, and be of any skill level. UVic has a non-varsity water polo club which some of the VI members join on Saturdays.

Getting regular pool space for the new club was a full time job for about two weeks, but UVic came through.

“It’s a tricky thing, it wasn’t impossible but it did take some work,” Baty said. “Some kids have played before and want to stay with the sport recreationally, others are there because they want to try it out, and some are competitive.”

The majority of the new club is made up of players from Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich and the Peninsula, she said.

Despite its cachet as an Olympic sport, there isn’t a water polo league for youths in Victoria. Mostly, the players train and enter tournaments.

“Water polo is not as set as soccer or hockey. We did have two teams (co-ed under 16 and 18) play in the Lower Mainland Water Polo League this past fall, but essentially there’s no season for Victoria players.”

The U16 team won silver and the U18 team finished fourth in the mainland league’s end of the season tournament.

Last year, the Sirens girls team went to nationals in Winnipeg and is hoping to do so again at Quebec City this year.

The club runs September to May and youths can still join. Visit vancouverislandwaterpolo.ca or email viwaterpolo@gmail.com.

For information about the Saanich Waterpolo school, visit waterpoloschool.com or email waterpoloschool@shaw.ca.

 

sports@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Horses from Victoria Carriage Tours involved in second incident in three months

Witnesses: Horses veered into a parked vehicle, smashing windows, climbing onto roof with front hooves

Seaplane flights cancelled between Victoria and Vancouver due to smoke

Harbour Air has grounded flights travelling through the Georgia Strait

Stolen Search and Rescue dog harness replaced by donation

Moxxii’s specialized harness was stolen at the Pet-A-Palooza festival

First stores open in Victoria’s expanded Mayfair shopping centre

Construction project will add about 100,000 square feet of retail space and 400 parking stalls

Smoke from wildfires delivers jolt to Greater Victoria air quality

Online map collects air quality from home monitors

PHOTOS: Puppy love makes a splash at St. Ann’s Academy

Puppies stampede, dive and do yoga at Victoria’s largest outdoor pet festival

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Team Canada’s next game postponed at Little League World Series

They’re back in action on Wednesday against Peurto Rico

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

Said he and Trump arranged payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort found guilty of eight charges

A mistrial has been declared for the other 10 charges against him

Canada’s team chasing elusive gold medal at women’s baseball World Cup

Canada, ranked No. 2 behind Japan, opens play Wednesday against No. 10 Hong Kong

Former B.C. detective gets 20 months in jail for kissing teen witnesses

James Fisher, formerly with Vancouver police department, pleaded guilty to three charges in June

Most Read