Teams that use ULU's canoes

Canoe water polo is one of the many emerging sports at the moment. A semi-contact sport, it is already internationally established, popular with universities and appears to be flourishing at club level in this country. The rules are simple, and the combination of water polo and canoeing creates a fast and furious contest, where two teams of five attempt to score in suspended goals at each end of a swimming pool. The sport is approximately twenty years old, and is played all year round by both sexes. The first world championships took place in Sheffield three years ago, with Australia winning both the men’s and women’s competitions. Britain has four national men’s divisions containing eighty teams but many more clubs play for fun.
Photo: Adam Ohringer
Whether canoe water polo can progress further remains to be seen. Ross Baird, a student at Imperial College and captain of ULU’s men’s squad explains that initially a player must have good balance and canoe - skills, a good standard of fitness and an accurate throw. It is the essential ingredient of cohesive teamwork though, that ULU are searching for as the men’s team attempt to move up from National division four this season which begins on the 1st of November. With two teams moving up from the league each year, Ross believes that ULU are in with a good chance after being placed fourth last season, and coming second in the Welsh International Championships in July. The ladies’ team are currently in Division two, and both teams travel all over the country and abroad, having recently competed in a competition in Amsterdam. There are also plans to create a ULU second team, as the sport becomes more popular.

On Sunday both teams were invited to take part in a friendly competition at Tooting Bec Lido, in South London. Seven teams took part: two from Clapham, two from Martlett in Brighton and Imperial College’s own squad. Although Clapham “A” team were expected to turn out winners the new ULU players gained valuable experience for the season ahead.

Richard Agnew

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