CEO Corner: A wining edge out of the pool

Water Polo Australia CEO Chris Harrison

CEO Corner: A wining edge out of the pool


Thanks to the hard work of our players, coaches, support staff and administrators Water Polo Australia was one of the major benefactors in the latest round of high performance funding under the AIS’s ‘Australia’s Winning Edge’ (AWE) investment model.

We were awarded an additional $275,000 for the 2014/15 AWE cycle and are very grateful for the increase. It is recognition of how we are aligning to the AWE and the record over the last 12 months of our women’s national team in particular.

The AIS see our women’s team, the Aussie Stingers, as a genuine gold medal chance in Rio 2016 and have recognised this accordingly.

I have no doubt Greg McFadden and the team – those currently in the Stingers and those in the larger squad challenging to be in the team – as well as the assistant coaches, Tom Hill and the rest of the HP staff, will work harder than ever to climb that mountain over the next few years.

On a sadder note, our condolences go out to four-time Olympian Thomas Whalan and his family after the recent passing of his mother, Janet.

Thomas’s father Richard has been a manager on our teams and was often accompanied by Janet, who also assisted with the statistics on tour.

The sport’s sympathies are with Thomas, Richard and the entire Whalan family. 

Administratively there have been some changes at WPA over the last month with us firstly moving upstairs in the NSWIS building to a new office on level two. The new space allows us to continue to grow – metaphorically and figuratively – as an organisation.

We have also hired a new in-house finance manager, Les Rushbrook, and look forward to working with him as we strive to deliver on our strategic plan and continue to provide support to our stakeholders.

We will hold an Executive Officers meeting in Sydney on July 17 where we will have presentations from our insurer, our legal advisor, Darren Kane, who authors a regular column on sports law in the Sydney Morning Herald, plus our President Mr Philip Garling will discuss our future governance requirements in regards to the Winning Edge.

Competition wise I’d like to wish, on behalf of everyone involved in the sport, the best of luck to all playing and officiating at the 20&U national championships in Adelaide, all the national teams competing overseas in the Pan Pacs and those soon to be departing for the World Youth Championships.

Until next time, I hope you score some goals.

Chris Harrison

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