"In the Junior Division, it’s an all St Mary's final with the Panthers vs. Jaguars, while in Senior B Division, Koutu Primary take on St Michaels Megalodons. It’s great to see the kids getting involved and enjoying our region’s second biggest summer sport. We’re aiming to be inclusive as well, to get all shapes and sizes playing. Attendance has been great.”
The finals of the Rotorua Primary School Flippaball competition will be held at Rotorua Aquatic Centre on 29 November.
Flippaball is a form of junior water polo played in shallow pools so primary children can stand as well as swim. It is a non-contact sport, in which players must swim if they have possession of the ball.
The competition has used portable Junior Water Polo Packagoals since 2013, but has recently upgraded from the ‘Recreational’ to the ‘Professional’ model for this year’s spring competition.
Mr Faulkner says the new goals are greatly appreciated by the participants. The goals are inflatable, making them easy to transport and store and reducing potential health and safety issues that can result from collisions with more expensive steel goals that are often used elsewhere in New Zealand.
“Everyone loves the new goals. I can just sit down when we start and not have to worry about them. With all the health and safety regulations following the new Health and Safety at Work Act, we have to think about safety as well, but with these goals it’s not an issue.”
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