Resort’s new splash club

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Contact sport lovers are being encouraged to try out a new code with the start of water polo in Queenstown. 

The fledgling Queenstown Water Polo Club began late last year but the first term for 2012 begins tomorrow night and new members are invited to join. 

Parent and committee member Nigel Kerr says it’s an ideal sport for people who enjoy contact activities or are currently training for their main winter sport. 

“Water polo is as much or more of a contact sport than rugby,” Kerr explains. 

“It’s not like netball or touch. You can swim right over someone and that’s not pretty. If you’re both swimming for the ball, it’s full contact – you’re both going to go for it.” 

The club also hopes to send a team to the South Island Secondary School Water Polo Championships at the end of March. 

“We’re looking for some more older kids who at least would be physically able to cope at the high school champs,” Kerr says. 

The current club membership of 60 is evenly balanced between juniors – kids aged between 11-18 – and seniors, or adults. About 40 people play on Fridays and Sundays each week. 

“It’s a very social game,” Kerr adds. 

Sign-up is tomorrow night at Alpine Aqualand’s lap pool. Junior registration is from 6.30-7pm, followed by seniors from 7-7.45pm.