Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani
“A very exciting, very rough team sport,” comments Brianne G, age 15, when asked about Water Polo. Her first experience of playing the game was in September when she misunderstood her coach and played in net. “…the coach came up to me and with a strong French accent said, “Would you be comfortable playing net?” But with his accent and the sound of the game I heard. ” Would you be comfortable playing next?” So I nodded because I really didn’t want to play yet but the next thing I knew I was being pushed in the water and thrown the goalie cap.” Since then, Brianne G. has continued to play water polo and she loves it.
Similar to basketball, water polo uses ball-handling skills. When moving a ball, you must keep it in front of you and on the surface of water. To score points, you throw the ball into a net instead of a basket like in handball. Due to the fact that you cannot touch the sides of the pool or the bottom, you are continually treading water and swimming making swimming a key part of the sport.
Want to join this exhilarating sport? Well, the first step to playing water polo is the
ability to swim really well and have high endurance to tread water. YMCA Calgary has many swimming lessons starting from toddlers going all the way to adult swimming lessons. There are stroke improvement classes, aqua boot camps and more to work on and improve your swimming skills. Visit the Programs page for more information.
Get out there and get swimming!
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