“Where else can you play water polo, then go for a snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef? It is truly an amazing location and due to the geography of the island, there's always somewhere sheltered from the wind where we can play.”
Polo in Paradise has grown since its inception in 2021 and the association is adding a youth competition this year, hosted on a second portable Packaworld water polo field.
“We have a high school competition in Rockhampton and want to encourage more of those kids to get involved in other club events. Getting a second field means we can offer both high school and adult open mixed divisions this year,” Harris says.
She says several Queensland members of the Australian men’s and women’s country teams will be playing this year, along with dozens of other players who will make the trip to the idyllic island location.
One of the beauties of Packaworld’s inflatable water polo fields is that they make running events in exotic locations like Great Keppel Island much easier, Harris says. The ability to easily bring the game almost anywhere has sparked the association’s imagination and it is now considering other exciting locations where beach water polo could be hosted in future.
Packaworld chief executive Peter Roberts congratulated Rockhampton Water Polo Association for its imagination and relentless commitment to growing water polo.
“Our fields were created to make it possible for water polo to be played in new locations but seeing the unreal spots the game is now being taken is incredibly exciting. Great Keppel Island is up there as one of the most picturesque places the game has been played and we can’t wait to hear how it all goes this weekend,” Roberts said.
Packaworld’s inflatable water polo fields have previously been used at many other beach water polo events across Australia, including the Delfina Cottesloe Cup and H20Polo@theisland tournaments in Western Australia and Beach Water Polo Fours events in New South Wales.
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