CEO Corner: No slowing down over the holiday period
It seems that even though we are fast approaching Christmas and the New Year we do not seem to slow down in the Australian water polo community.
With summer competitions in full swing and various club, state and national squads either in camp, overseas or toiling away at home, December is a great month for getting a lot of work done.
In Canberra, the inaugural WPA Talent Academy Program residential camp has begun at the Australian Institute of Sport with a group of young women going through the first of two, intense three-week blocks of in and out of water training.
The purpose of the program is to fast track the development of Australia's elite junior and youth players to become internationally prepared athletes that can easily transition onto the senior stage.
It is interesting to note that the last junior residential program Water Polo Australia had at the AIS was for junior men, finished in 2005 and resulted in multiple London Olympians. No doubt we will see some of the girls on this camp represent the Aussie Stingers at the highest level in the future.
Speaking of the Stingers, they are currently playing in the Canada Cup in Quebec (you can watch our games online, here) and the temperature is hovering around the zero Celsius mark! No doubt the girls are making great use of their long deck coats from Canterbury. Following the Canada Cup they will head down to California for the Holiday Cup.
Out of the pool but still in competition related news, I’d like to publicly thank Peter Hobday for all of his efforts over the years in running operations for us. Peter always had any event or project he was running in hand and while he won’t be working in a fulltime management capacity we still look forward to seeing him around the pool in a tournament director role in the future.
We have advertised a new events manager operations role (more info here) that will be closing soon and hope to be announcing the successful candidate late this month or early next month.
In other developments, WPA is currently having a stand alone anti-doping policy drafted by sports lawyer Darren Kane of Colin Love & Co. Darren incidentally writes on sports law matters for the Sydney Morning Herald every second weekend. Check his column out.
Consultant Brendan Lynch has delivered the WPA Development Review to State Executive and Chief Executive Officers and more information about the review will be passed down to the members in due course.
Last, and by no means least, I am very excited about the partnership with Chatswood Toyota. Already a few of our members have taken advantage of the deals on offer, so if you are in the market for a new or used car, please give Ian Mayer and his team a call. I have no doubt you will be pleasantly surprised at the deal you receive and will be helping our sport along the way.
Until next time, I hope you score some goals.