The Australian canoe polo teams are ready for battle at the 2013 World Games in Colombia this coming August.
Both teams are currently in training for one of the world’s largest sporting events.
Occurring once every four years, the World Games is a chance for non-Olympic sports to participant in an Olympic-style event. Canoe polo will be played alongside canoe marathon, rugby, powerlifting, sport climbing and many more.
This year it is the Colombian city of Cali’s chance to host what the organisers have labelled ‘a unique setting for thousands of athletes from different sports and countries to join in a celebration of unity and friendship across all boundaries.’
Competition is expected to be fierce with six teams in both the men’s and women’s categories. In addition to the local Colombian national men’s team, the top five teams from the 2012 World Championships will be competing in the men’s category. The women’s category will consist of the top five teams from last year’s World Championships and the USA women’s national team. Colombia did not enter a women’s team.
Both Australian teams did very well last year, however the athletes and coaches are under no illusions as to how hard this coming event may be. With the best canoe polo athletes in the World playing on an international stage anything can happen.
Canoe polo at the 2013 World Games runs from 2-3 August.
Noel Holmes (SA)
John Moore (VIC)
The Women’s team:
Sarah Heard (SA, Captain)
Siobhan Goble (SA, Vice Captain)
Rebecca Jennings (VIC)
Lauren Lajilak (VIC)
Brooke Honeymoon (VIC)
Nikky Lee (WA)
Ailsa Enting-Hawke (SA)
Matthew Heard (SA, Coach)
The Men’s team:
Craig Hutchinson (NSW, Captain)
Ian McIntosh (SA, Vice Captain)
Stephen Hubbard (SA)
Anton Holmes (SA)
Bob Sims (NSW)
Matthew Moore (VIC)
Josh Holmes (SA)
Luke Holmes (SA)
Nathan Moore (VIC, Coach)