After a break of twenty years, it was fantastic to see the Australian Canoe Polo Championships return to the Gold Coast in 2016. Our venue was the Miami Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast, sponsored by the Gold Coast City Council. Twenty-nine teams competed in the categories of men, women, youth, juniors, masters and microjuniors. Showing the strength of the national competition, each of the competing states-Vic, SA, NSW, Qld, ACT-took gold home. The junior and microjunior categories continue to inspire but competition was strong across all categories. For championship results go to:
For the first time, an Australian Canoe Polo Championship Trophy was up for grabs. The idea of the trophy is to recognise the best performing state at the championship. This inaugural year it was won by Victoria, but South Australia, Queensland and the ACT were not far behind in the point count and are real challengers for the trophy in 2017. Many thanks Don Steel for designing and constructing a magnificent trophy that is already doing a roadshow around Victoria, and in doing so promoting canoe polo.
The visiting women’s team from the Otaki club in New Zealand was a highlight of the competition. Decked out in distinctive purple colours, the team showed us just how much fun Canoe Polo can be on the water. And how professional it is off the water. Australian and New Zealand teams continue to travel across the Tasman and join each other’s competition to not only strengthen our sport, but more importantly, building friendships and rapport.
Congratulations to everyone competing, officiating, assisting and spectating at the championship. An excellent job Queensland Canoeing!
Chair, Canoe Polo Technical Committee