Water polo makes waves

Two university water polo players are helping to spread the sport to pools across Alberta.

Azusa Pacific University water polo player Alynn Reade looks for her young teammates as she partakes in the Alberta Water Polo Associations summer intern program

Two university water polo players are helping to spread the sport to pools across Alberta.

Summer intern students Raine Paul and Alynn Reade are travelling across the province with the Alberta Water Polo Association’s summer program, teaching the fundamentals of the sport to youths.

“We’re going all over Alberta and just hosting little intro to water polo things,” said Paul.

“It’s kind of a recruitment thing,” she added with a laugh.

Water polo is a popular sport in some of Alberta’s larger cities; Edmonton has several teams and the men’s national team trains in Calgary. However the sport hasn’t yet trickled into many of the smaller communities around the province.

Reade and Paul taught two sessions at the Ponoka Aquaplex on July 31, one for the Ponoka Youth Centre and another for the swim club.

“I think water polo gives kids swimming skills without just going back and forth,” said Paul.

As the summer progresses she’s noticed over and over that the players can improve with just a one-hour session. “In the beginning they’re kind of clumsy and they don’t know what to do with the ball. By the end you have to tell them to settle down. They get so into it.”

Reade and Paul have taught 45 sessions since they started in June and may teach as many as 70 before the end of August.

“I really just love watching little kids play,” said Paul. “It really gives kids another sport they can play.”

Reade and Paul used to both play for the same club team in Calgary and now play for different universities in California. Reade plays the position of utility player at Azusa Pacific University, and Paul is a driver at the California Baptist University.

Just Posted

Ponoka mayor denies allegations of conflict

A Ponoka resident maintains Mayor Rick Bonnett has taken work on the new town hall

Ponoka runners complete gruelling 100 mile Sinister 7 ultra

One team hit second place, another 95th, while a solo runner landed in the 24th spot

Woman jumps in front of semi on Highway 2

Potentially tragic event averted on QEII with help of Ponoka ITU members

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake elects its new MLA

The by-election was held in the riding on July 12

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Angry giant baby Trump balloon makes him feel ‘unwelcome’ in London

Trump told The Sun newspaper that he felt unwelcome in London because of protests, including a giant balloon that was being flown over Parliament on Friday.

Trudeau’s youth council divided over Trans Mountain pipeline purchase

A letter signed by 16 past and present members was made public today, asking the federal government to reverse course

Hulk Hogan reinstated into wrestling Hall of Fame

Hogan had used racial slurs caught on video when talking about his daughter sleeping with a black man

Storm rips through Central Alberta

Hail pelts region causing damage to farmland, plus communities in Ponoka, Bashaw and Stettler

‘Lava bomb’ through roof of tour boat injures 22 in Hawaii

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers”

Critics claim Trump “defended a tyrant”

Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

B.C. reporter calls out immigration photo on social media as fake news

A Vancouver reporter is calling out a British politician for spreading fake news

Hundreds of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing

Out of 1,773 glaciers, 1,353 shrank significantly between 2000 and 2016

Most Read